You might’ve seen these two tweets from Kim Kardashian and Chrissy Teigen drawing major criticism for their tone-deafness:
40 and feeling so humbled and blessed. There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter. pic.twitter.com/p98SN0RDZD
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) October 27, 2020
It’s Halloween here at the legend household. Made my nurse be a medieval plague doctor (I have a nurse for a bit yes lol) pic.twitter.com/mYaNbtEU0L
— chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 30, 2020
They were definitely problematic, but I’ll get into that.
Before I dive into the Chrissy Teigen and Kim Kardashian tea, I’d like to just remind readers that we are still in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. People are still falling ill, losing their jobs, and facing eviction. This isn’t over. Multi-millionaires are using their platforms to share their exploitation of those who are most vulnerable to this pandemic, and they’re not giving it a second thought.
Of course, celebs are expected to benefit from privilege that the average American simply doesn’t have. It’s not outlandish to imagine that celebrities can hire private home nurses and even rent out private islands. But what’s really tough to stomach is that these privileges are being mercilessly flaunted at the expense of key workers and the millions of followers that these images are displayed to.
Could you imagine going to nursing school for years just to be made to wear a plague doctor costume? Like a jester? We simply do not love that.
And let’s not even start with the mere fact that one can just hop on a plane to a private island to escape from a microcosm of the harsh realities that people around the world are living through each day.
Despite all of its downfalls, social media is great at pointing out the obscene inequality that we’re facing. Both of these frivolous displays of wealth definitely made me have a bit of a Parasite moment.
Thumbnail by Nick Bondarev via Pexels.
Is celebrity social media taking privilege too far?