Don’t knock Kim Kardashian for trying to make a difference

SHE’S one of the most famous women in the world, with a fanbase of millions and an extraordinary talent for self-promotion. But what exactly does Kim Kardashian West know about justice reform, the topic that took her to the White House on Wednesday for a meeting with Donald Trump? And if the answer is not an awful lot, does that mean she shouldn’t have gone?

The wags on Twitter were quick with their quips, noting the presence of a washed-up reality star/pouting narcissist/enormous arse in the Oval Office … along with Kim Kardashian (boom boom). But don’t be too quick to dismiss this as a mere publicity stunt by two peas in a pod. There’s no reason to assume Kardashian West – the mother of three mixed-race children – isn’t sincere in her efforts to draw attention to the mass incarceration of people of colour in the United States. Sure, she might not be an expert in the subject, but how many such experts have a direct line to the president?

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Published in The National on June 1 2018.

Published by Shona Craven

Writer, editor, talking head

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