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Socialite Kim Kardashian’s recent call for struggling women to stop complaining and simply “work” harder has triggered an unusual backlash from both the left and right, including from her former employees and even from Meghan McCain.
In a recent interview with Variety magazine, Kardashian was specifically asked to give other women business advice.
In response, she said, “‘I have the best advice for women in business: Get your f-ing ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days.”
Her sister, Kourtney, added, “That is so true.”
Go behind the scenes of Variety’s Kardashians cover as @KimKardashian, @KhloeKardashian, @KourtneyKardash and @KrisJenner reflect on their reality TV reign and share their best advice for women in business. https://t.co/Nljl4d1SOP pic.twitter.com/54uIYkPjuc
— Variety (@Variety) March 9, 2022
A call for hard work would traditionally be greeted with praise from those with a conservative mindset. And indeed, some people are praising her stance.
Kim Kardashian is right and if you disagree ur the lazy people she’s addressing
— fiorucci ❦ (@PENTHOUSEVIRGIN) March 11, 2022
kim kardashian is right in one sense that ppl now a days want stuff handed to them instead of working for it lol
— the name is bond. michael bond (@michaelis4real) March 9, 2022
Kim Kardashian is right tbh…people are thirsty for war and pfw22 but I am working 50 hours a week using my screen time to learn wholesale real estate and coding. this is why my kids will have wallpapered bedrooms and a pool with a water slide
— Jenna (@jennabessinger) March 10, 2022
all i gotta say is, Kim Kardashian is right. y’all DONT wanna work. places closing early left & right because they don’t have enough workers. just say y’all don’t like Kim Kardashian and keep it pushing.
— BreaA.❤️ (@breaamaya) March 10, 2022
Unpopular opinion: Kim Kardashian is right. Get your ass up & work. Lmaoooo. Idc. Okay she has an advantage. Butttt a lot of people have been very complacent in where they are. Nvm tho.
— baj 🦋 (@Your1stGf) March 10, 2022
But many are also slamming Kardashian, including, amazingly enough, conservative commentator Meghan McCain, the daughter of the late Republican Sen. John McCain. In an op-ed for the Daily Mail, she accused Kardashian of being a “privileged white woman.”
“While she may work hard, less than 99.9% percent of the world’s population will ever be given the opportunities that Kim has had. Kim’s comments also play into the archaic belief that some women’s careers stall because of their actions,” McCain wrote.
“This dated thinking assumes that these women aren’t working hard or ‘leaning in enough’ as Sheryl Sandberg argues in her book ‘Lean In,’ which has been justifiably torn apart since its release for its unrealistic and extremely narrow standard for success that only works for privileged white women.”
Indeed, this exact same sentiment was echoed by former one-time Kardashian employee Jessica DeFino, who tweeted the following:
I was an editor on the Kardashian apps in 2015 in LA, worked days nights & weekends, could only afford groceries from the 99 Cents Only Store, called out “sick” more than once bc I couldn’t put gas in my car to get to the office, & was reprimanded for freelancing on the side ❤️ https://t.co/mzvnTomjS3
— Jessica DeFino (@jessicadefino_) March 9, 2022
The wildest thing about that job: I saw firsthand how the most famous women in the world Frankensteined an impossible standard of beauty, pushed the rest of us to “keep up” with them, weaponized that standard of beauty to sell products, and *still* never felt good enough.
— Jessica DeFino (@jessicadefino_) March 10, 2022
Others have complained similarly:
At 16 Kim Kardashian was gifted a BMW and probably a ton of other high-end designer items… At 16 I was gifted a cake from the supermarket and pizza from down the street
— miranda mckingsby (@laffmytitsoff) March 11, 2022
I’m really tired of kids born into wealth, doing stupid stuff to become famous, lecturing us about working hard. Stating no one wants to work anymore. Girl please! We all work hard. @KimKardashian
— Dr. Ginny McDonald (@GinnyMcDonald8) March 9, 2022
Coming from a privileged place is what ruffling feathers. @KimKardashian doesn’t know what hard work is when doors are closed,money is low ,credit is blown and you have to work to invest while paying bills then end up on top. That’s working hard. #realitycheck #kimkardashian
— The Girl Cave Lounge (@TGCLoungesquad) March 11, 2022
Is it hard work or exploitation? pic.twitter.com/aJq2Y9poeX
— Melia Pomene (@MeliaPomene) March 10, 2022
It’s easy to work hard when you work for pleasure rather than survival, when you’re free to take a vacation or a mental health day whenever you like, without the worry of losing your home, or going hungry, or losing your children because you can’t provide for them @KimKardashian https://t.co/CqUduKCHRN
— Adam Wood (@adamson_wood) March 9, 2022
Though McCain’s decision to jump on this bandwagon could conceivably be seen as anti-conservative, she did in her op-ed draw attention to the effects of Democrat President Joe Biden’s disastrous economic policies.
“Lastly, Kim’s remarks ignore that inflation is skyrocketing, gas prices are hitting historic highs, society has been savaged by Covid and the world appears to be on the verge of a possible WWIII,” she correctly noted.
“All of these factors impact everyone’s success. At the end of 2021, 61% of Americans were living paycheck to paycheck, according to a recent survey.”
Incidentally, America now looks almost exactly as her family’s nemesis, former President Donald Trump, had predicted it would.
“You’re paying, what, $2 a gallon for your gasoline? That’s okay. You know what that’s like? That’s like a tax cut. That’s bigger than a tax cut. If Biden got in, you’d be paying $7, $8, $9. Then they’d say, ‘Get rid of your car,'” he’d said during his final 2020 campaign rally:
— il Donaldo Trumpo (@PapiTrumpo) March 7, 2022
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