Poor Kim Kardashian. It’s so hard to be her! You know, someone who’s rich and famous for essentially no reason. In fact, it’s just hard as having cancer! In a new interview with the UK’s The Guardian, Kim compared the criticism she experienced after her marriage to Kris Humphries ended to the experience of a teenage girl with cancer. Wait, what? I feel both confused and offended.
She told the The Guardian:
“We had done filming our season at that point, so we decided to film for the wedding. And that was a decision that he and I made together. But I think that, with any decisions in life [brace yourselves], like, I spoke to a girl today who had cancer and we were talking about how this is such a hard thing for her, but it taught her a big lesson on who her friends are and so much about life. She’s 18. And I was like, that’s how I feel.”
Ughhhhhh. I get what she’s trying to say, but Kim. KIM. Filming your sham marriage for your reality show and dealing with the backlash when you separate is IN NO WAY the same as an 18-year-old having cancer. It’s just not. And it’s incredibly classless, shallow and insensitive to even make that comparison.
Kim doesn’t seem like she’s equipped with any tools to understand real life (ironic for someone with her own reality show, no?). Her perspective is obviously skewed, but I don’t think that lets her off the hook. A 31-year-old woman who chooses to live her life in the public eye doesn’t have much in common with a young girl fighting a serious illness. I feel pretty confident that the “big lessons” learned by Kim and by this anonymous girl differ greatly. And I bet if you asked any cancer patient, they’d say the same thing.
Like I said, I understand what Kim was getting at. She attempted to explain how much she “learned” about her friends and about life in the face of public criticism. I get how a life-changing event sheds some light on who your true friends are, I truly do. But cancer and criticism aren’t the same. Maybe if Kim spent some time with actual cancer patients (people dealing with life-or-death situations rather than PR problems), she’d understand how ridiculous and superficial her comments sound.