Khloe Kardashian is being slammed for posing in front of a Fidel Castro monument during a trip to Cuba with her sisters. The photo, simply captioned "Havana cu," has some of the reality star's 48 million Instagram followers recoiling in hatred, advising Khloe Kardashian that she needs a history lesson.
One Instagram user wrote that Khloe needs to learn about the "brutal killing dictator" Fidel Castro, while another follower called on the KUWTK star's Armenian heritage, explaining to Kardashian that "Fidel is just like the dictators in Armenia that killed so many Armenians.""[P]osing like this under a dictator's name it comes off as a praise to this person who robbed so many people of their freedom, their lives, their families, their simple free will," another social media user concluded.
Other Keeping Up with the Kardashians fans have come forward in support of Khloe, explaining that "it's not like she's worshipping [sic] him."
It's not the first time that Khloe Kardashian has been criticized for her Instagram photos, and one photo, in particular, caught the attention of the United Nations, who slammed Kardashian for sharing a selfie with a baby orangutan. Criticizing Khloe for glamorizing the illegal ape trade, Douglas Cress, a spokesperson for the United Nation's Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP), explained that whenever someone like Khloe Kardashian "is seen cuddling an ape in this way, it undoes years of our work."Even though Kardashian is kissing the orangutan and obviously appreciating it as a pet, the photo "lowers the value of the animal" while "the public sense of conservation drops." In fact, for every baby orangutan sold, 10 other apes were killed, crushing the conservation efforts of groups like GRASP.
Khloe Kardashian's photos "are seen by hundreds of millions of fans, and it sends the message that posing with great apes – all of which are obtained through illegal means, and face miserable lives once they grow too big and strong to hold – is okay as long as it's cute." Cress also shared that, ultimately, photos like the one Khloe Kardashian posted "contributes to the destruction of already endangered species," since most pet apes are obtained through illegal animal trafficking.
Khloe and the rest of the Kardashian family have not just been criticized for their photos, but also for coming to Cuba in the first place -- and from an unlikely critic. The Kardashian clan landed in Cuba last week to film an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians.United States Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, who is based in South Florida, claims that while Khloe Kardashian and her sisters portray a glamorous experience in the communist country, the reality is quite different for the citizens. In fact, the Kardashian family is glamorizing life with their "vapid" reality show in a country where most people live in poverty.
"I know it's cool for celebrities to go to Cuba, but the Cuban people don't experience the glamorous Havana that is featured on social media," Ros-Lehtinen explained, adding that daily life for most Cubans is "[f]ar from photo shoots and fruity drinks," and most "everyday Cubans experience a different, sad reality."
"Now, the Kardashians are parachuting into the island to tape their vapid TV show," the U.S. Representative said in her statement, adding, "Haven't the Cuban people suffered enough?"
One Cuban Instagram user even explained that most Cuban people don't know who the Kardashians are. Sharing a snap of the KUWTK camera crew, the photographer explained that "[a]s their bodyguards escorted the#Kardashians through the lobby, the local guests did not look twice at the three woman who are famous in America but are virtually unknown in Cuba."
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