If You Made Fun of Kim Kardashian’s Robbery, You’re a Bad Person
As we all know by now, last night Kim Kardashian West was robbed at gunpoint in her Paris hotel room. The megastar and mogul was in town for Paris Fashion Week when a pair of armed burglars snuck past her private security detail, barged in on her private space, and proceeded to wrap her hands and feet together with tape and lock her in her hotel bathroom. As they pointed a gun at her, she begged them not to kill her. She had babies at home who were waiting for her.
And yet, some people seemed to think this is worth laughing about. After all, Kim Kardashian is a shameless celebrity. She flaunts her body, and she flaunts her wealth. Maybe she had something like this coming, right?
Absolutely 100 percent wrong. And if you think so, you’re probably a terrible person.
I get people don't like Kim k but there's no need for the jokes. she's still a person and it's still a traumatic experience!
— Alice (@aalicesayss) October 3, 2016
Your Kim K. jokes about her getting held-up at gunpoint are HILARIOUS! Do you have any about miscarriage or parents who committed suicide?
— Sam Grittner (@SamGrittner) October 3, 2016
Sickening how many people are laughing at Kim K for getting robbed in Paris.
A person being held at gunpoint isn't a laughing matter.
— Yammoween 🎃 (@yammy_xox) October 3, 2016
y'all rly are like "keep all women safe uwu" then kim k gets robbed at gunpoint and you laugh about it or call it a lie or whatever
— ☆sarah☆ (@kanankurosawa) October 3, 2016
As we’ve already noted, many took to Twitter to make jokes about Kim’s traumatizing ordeal. Others, including James Corden and Chrissy Teigen, were quick to rush to her defense. But many others used the event as an opportunity to criticize, judge, giggle and hate. We won’t be reprinting any of those jokes and memes here because they’re gross but, if you’re curious, they’re not too hard to find.
It says a lot about our relationship to celebrities and pop culture that we follow an incident like this one so closely — yes, even more closely than we might follow politics or current events. I’m sure you’ve seen someone you know comment something along these lines on Facebook. “Why do we care?” they ask. Translation: “It’s stupid to care.” Which, um, TOTALLY misses the point of having feelings. We care because it’s how humans connect. It’s a natural, healthy instinct. It’s what keeps us looking out for each other.
Yes, there are atrocities happening all over the world on a daily basis. People on social media are quick to point this out when some of us express sympathy for a celebrity who has just experienced something truly awful. But to feel concern for a celebrity — that is, a person who we’ve never met but who we are still able to recognize as human — doesn’t downplay the legit suffering of other people who are not that celebrity. It shows that we’re inclined to feel warmth toward those whose faces we can put names to.
Is it a shame that we can more easily recognize Kim Kardashian’s face than where Syria is on a map? Absolutely. But that is another conversation, and a separate one. Feeling for Kim K means that we’re able to see past the wealth, beyond the body, beyond the image and recognize a person. It’s called empathy, and people who think that’s a bad thing might want to ask themselves: Why?
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(Photos via Steven Vlasic + Pascal Le Segretain / Getty)
Pocket doors are so delightful in and of themselves. They appear when you need them, get tucked away when you don't, and make it easy to define rooms while keeping an open floor plan. Add to the pocket door a joyful patterned wallpaper surprise, and you will be sent right into fits of visual jubilation! Or something ;) Today we're sharing two simple and impactful pocket door makeovers that zhuzh up your space in a jiffy.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and proud owner of several pocket doors! When I moved into my first real grown-up house a couple years ago, I knew I wanted to incorporate wallpaper so reached out to our friends at Chasing Paper to see how we might collaborate. It felt like a total lightbulb moment when I realized I could create a surprise pop of pattern on a couple sets of pocket doors.
Not only is it a whimsical way to bring color into a space, but the doors double as picture-perfect backdrops for all your SFH (selfies from home, obvs).
A few pro tips about install:
- Removable wallpaper is miraculously forgiving! You can take it on and off multiple times without it losing integrity (or mucking up your surface).
- I ordered this adhesive wallpaper installation kit with a squeegee and xacto knife and it worked super well. I also recommend a sharp pair of scissors for cutting longer lines.
- This is a two-person job! Get a friend, put on a playlist, and get ready to bond.
- Wild, organic patterns like Tally are great because it's challenging to spot any imperfections in pattern alignment; keep pattern choice in mind if you've got a lot of corners to match up. More geometric patterns and larger shapes leave less room for error (but are awesome in their own right!).
BATHROOM POCKET DOORS
In our primary bathroom, we chose the wallpaper pattern Tally, designed by Kelly Ventura, in White and Navy. In our space, the navy reads as a soft black, which is perfect for the space. It's easy to combine an ever-rotating collection of linens with the Tally pattern.
I love how the white trim becomes the perfect frame around this pocket door piece of art.
My favorite moment in this space is the fact that you actually get a third pop of pattern thanks to our serendipitously placed mirror!
And yes, this one works pretty darn well as a backdrop too ;)
LIVING ROOM DOUBLE DOORS
This set of doors is definitely a focal point of our home. It separates our living room from our primary bedroom which opens onto our backyard. The doors are pretty much always open, but when they're closed we wanted to evoke a fun, nature-inspired vibe. With that in mind, we selected the Lines and Moons pattern by Thimblepress in Green and Brown.
Earth mama vibes up in here! I love how the shapes and colors echo the ferns you see through the windows and the acorn wood details throughout the house.
Love this pattern moment, and xacto-ing out the door handle is def on the oddly satisfying DIY list.
For a pattern lover like me, I love that now I have this instant photo backdrop!
Thanks to Chasing Paper for providing these rolls of pure pattern amazingness. Head to chasingpaper.com to find our own favorites and start adding patterns to your home!
(Wallpaper wingwoman: Kayla Haykin; Photography: Kurt Andre)