Kim Kardashian won the biggest award at the 2016 Webby Awards (basically, the equivalent of the Oscars for online media instead of movies) last night, and Kardashian vowed in her acceptance speech to keep giving the world nude photos of herself for the rest of her life, reports E! News.
So apparently we can look forward to many more years of nude selfies.
The Webby Awards is a ceremony meant to honor the biggest game-changers the internet has to offer, and the award categories include things like online entrepreneur of the year, which Jessica Alba won, online social movement of the year (#Blacklivesmatter), and best actress in an online series (Krysten Ritter).
And what would such an event be without Kim Kardashian, the woman who People Magazine points out puts even some of the most famous names in pop culture to shame with her ability to build and foster a viral presence online?
It is no surprise, given her online credentials, that the award Kim was nominated for was called the “Break the Internet” award. Like the Best Picture award at the Oscars, the exact nature of what constitutes a successful “Break the Internet” nominee is subject to the Webby judges’ discretion, but they announced last night that Kardashian would be getting the award because of her “unparallelled success online” and because Kim invented “a new type of celebrity.”
— The Webby Awards (@TheWebbyAwards) May 11, 2016
Kim Kardashian, who The Daily Mail reports was looking incredible in a black thigh-split dress, accepted the award graciously when her name was announced and strode up on stage to deliver her acceptance speech, an awards show tradition that the Webby Awards organizers have limited to five words — no doubt to cater to the rapidly dwindling attention spans of many frequent internet users.
Most of the 2016 Webby Award winners used the five words they got in their acceptance speeches to deliver a cryptic message of what was to come.
“The story is not over,” was Making a Murderer co-creator Moira Demos’s speech.
“Stay turnt. Black lives matter,” said #Blacklivesmatter co-founder Opal Tometi.
— Kristina Nguyen (@klnatx) April 21, 2016
Others used their five word speeches as an opportunity to convey a little humor.
“I can’t stand short speeches,” said Kanye West, winner of the “Artist of the Year” award.
“Is Drake in the house?” asked Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner, joint winners of the “Best Founders” award for their work on Lenny Letter.
But essentially all reports of the 2016 Webby awards agree that it was Kim Kardashian’s five-word speech that stood out as the highlight.
“Naked selfies until I die.”
Although Kardashian has often been criticized for posting such racy photos all over social media, especially since she is now a wife and mother, Kim has insisted time and time again that her choice to show off her nude pics is all about empowerment and that, by continuing to post, Kim Kardashian is sending a message that discourages body-shaming and slut-shaming.
It sounds like Kardashian feels it is her responsibility as arguably America’s biggest role model for young women to establish a new norm in which women are not afraid to freely show off their bodies, as long as they look like Kim Kardashian’s.
Her speech at the 2016 Webby Awards confirms Kardashian’s stance that she will never give up her cause, even if she must endure adversity from fellow celebs, such as Chloe Grace Moretz, Bette Midler, and Piers Morgan, as well as millions of social media users, who insist what Kim is doing is rude and disgraceful.
Whichever camp you fall into, are you looking forward to the 70 year-old Kim Kardashian nudes we’ll be getting in 2050? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.
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