Kim Kardashian is walking back comments she made in a recent interview where it appeared she compared the plight of being on a reality show to the struggles of a cancer patient.
The 31-year-old reality star raised a few eyebrows when she made the comments earlier this week to The Guardian. Though it’s unclear what she actually meant by the statement, at the very least it was a careless comparison to someone with actual struggles.
In the interview, Kim Kardashian was asked whether she felt pressure to televise her ill-fated wedding with Kris Humphries on her show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. She answered:
“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.”
The words traveled quickly Yahoo!’s omg noted. Her comparisons led to a backlash on gossip sites and Twitter, where some upset people even waged a boycott against Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
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.”
Kim Kardashian later clarified, taking to her blog to claim that the quote was taken out of context. She mentioned how her father, former O.J. Simpson lawyer Robert Kardashian, died of cancer, and her grandmother 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,” Kim Kardashian wrote. “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.”
Do you think Kim Kardashian’s comments were insensitive, or just misunderstood?