Kim Kardashian found herself in the middle of a social media controversy on Thursday (November 1) after using insensitive language in one of her Halloween Instagram Stories.
In the posts from her sister Kendall Jenner’s Halloween party, Kardashian is dressed in a Pamela Anderson costume with best friend Jonathan Cheban as Anderson’s ex-husband Tommy Lee. It’s a very famous, but super specific, look from the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards that apparently didn’t resonate with many of the younger partygoers. “Nobody knew who we were,” Kardashian says in a video post. “You are all too f***ing young. This is so sad.” Then, in a now-deleted Story, she told former assistant Stephanie Shepherd, “Nobody knows who I am” before dropping the R-word.
The backlash to the R-word—which is offensive to the special needs community—was pretty immediate, and Kardashian has now apologized via a statement to TMZ. “I want to apologize for what I said in a recent video post that is inappropriate and insensitive to the special needs community,” she said. “I try to learn from my mistakes and this is one of those times. Please know that my intention is always pure, and in this case, it was a mistake. I’m sorry.”
Social media users and fans were upset that Kardashian used that word. Some even posted photos of their special needs children to express their pain about hearing the R-word. Others compared its use to calling one of Kardashian and Kanye West’s children the N-word.
“Imagine someone calling your child the N word,” one person wrote. “That’s how It feels when you say [the R-word] like you are insulting my 2 children with special needs.”
Kim’s sister Khloe also had to apologize for using the R-word in July 2018. Hopefully both she and Kim have learned a lesson about how much pain that word gives people.