1. Kim Kardashian was held up at gunpoint and robbed at her Paris apartment in the early hours of Monday morning.
Two armed men dressed as police officers entered Kim’s room and put a gun to her head before tying her up, locking her in the bathroom and stealing two cell phones as well as millions of dollars’ worth of jewellery.
2. More details on the horrifying ordeal have come to light since – namely that Kim “begged for her life” and “feared that she would be raped.”
A source told E!: “Kim was hysterically crying, begging for her life, telling them about her babies. In her head, at that minute in the bathroom, she thought her life was over. There was a gun on her the whole time. She was begging them not to kill her. She definitely thought she was going to be raped and murdered. She feared rape — she was basically naked.”
Luckily, Kim was physically unharmed during the robbery.
4. Luckily, plenty of others – including celebrities like Chrissy Teigen and James Corden – have jumped to Kim’s defence.
5. And rightly so – the trolling of Kim is horrific and bullshit, not least because there’s always been a flippant rhetoric surrounding her.
No matter what she does, there’s this weird subtext of mockery. Whether it’s creating a multimillion-dollar brand, developing technology businesses, producing the most successful reality TV show of all time, or, Y’KNOW, being the victim of a traumatic and potentially fatal crime, people are quick to dismiss her, mock her, and generally put her down.
6. And it stems from sexism, which is always bubbling under the surface where Kim is concerned.
Her sexuality has always been used against her – from the fact she became famous through a sex tape to the fact that since then she’s built an empire and reclaimed her body through nude shoots and selfies.
10. It’s evidenced here in the references to Kim as a “slut” as “looking plastic,” as someone who should “cover up more” and in the innumerable fucking rape jokes being made on Twitter in the wake of this ordeal.
13. Also can we address the victim-blaming that’s going on? Which is also really fucking misogynistic?
Women often suffer misogynistic blame when they are the victims of crime, and it’s no different here. The subtext is that Kim deserved this ordeal – because she didn’t have her bodyguard with her, because she lives a luxurious lifestyle, because she isn’t talented anyway, because she dared to post a photo of her engagement ring on social media, because she doesn’t have any talent and lives her life publicly, or because she’s a woman, and unafraid to display sexuality… whichever combination used, the upshot is that she is somehow to blame for this act.
18. A lot of people are, although it’s well meaning, also saying that Kim should be spared all this abuse because she is a “wife, mother, and sister.”
No human, no matter who they are, deserves to experience a truly traumatising event like Kim did on Monday. No person deserves to have their private space invaded, to be tied up, to fear sexual assault, to fear for their own life. And despite her being physically unharmed, the mental repercussions of this trauma are likely to last for a long time to come. And again, NO ONE DESERVES THAT.
22. Oh, and you can also dislike someone but still feel empathy for them as a human. The two are not mutually exclusive.
23. Over and out.
Kim Kardashian-West was robbed in her Paris apartment, which is part of a hotel complex. An earlier version of this post called it a hotel room.