Kim Kardashian caught plenty of flack this week (as tends to happen to a rich girl who got super famous thanks to a reality show she got after making a sex tape) for a remark she made in a recent interview with the U.K.’s The Guardian. In it, the 31-year-old made a comment many construed as comparing her struggles (televising her wedding, splitting from the groom 72 days later) to … the struggles of someone with cancer?
We at omg! weren’t convinced that’s what she actually meant by the statement, but you can decide for yourself. Here’s what she said in the interview, addressing the topic of whether she felt pressure to televise her wedding for her reality show “Keeping Up With the Kardashians": "Not really. We [were] 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, 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."
Dozens of media outlets picked up the story, running catchy headlines such as “Did Kim Kardashian compare her televised wedding to cancer?” and the like. Many people took to Twitter to bash the millionaire reality star. And still others waged a campaign to boycott cable’s “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.”
On Friday, Kardashian herself attempted to set the record straight, publishing a statement on her blog explaining that something she said was “taken way out of context, as is often the case with quotes pulled from interviews … I told of how I had called a female fan who was battling cancer, and she told me how she had watched the show and seen how I had faced my own struggles, and had been inspired by how I had found the courage to change a situation that was making me unhappy,” the reality star wrote. “She told me how her life had completely changed when she was diagnosed, and a lot of friends had deserted her, which is something I said I could relate to. In no way was I comparing my own experiences to that of a cancer patient. I was merely talking about how there are times in your life, and everyone goes through them, when you find out who loves you enough to stand by you through thick and thin.”
She continued: “Many of you know that my father [O.J. Simpson’s defense attorney Robert Kardashian] passed away from cancer, and my grandma is a cancer survivor. This is a disease that has brought so much pain and heartache to our family and I would never want to offend or upset anyone who was battling cancer, or whose family members were battling or had passed away from cancer. What I said in the interview was misconstrued and I wanted to explain to you all what the context was around my phone call with this girl. Xo.”
For now, the user comments on her blog in response to the statement page are mostly supportive. (She did, after all, sign off with “Xo.”) But when you’re Kim Kardashian, you’ve got to brace yourself for the next media hailstorm. And it’ll be here soon enough, we’re sure.
So what do you think? Do you believe Kim’s comments were misunderstood or do you think the brunette beauty was really comparing her situation to that of someone dealing with cancer?
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