The Power of Kim Kardashian | Honestly with Bari Weiss

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Key Takeaways

  • “I could never understand why someone with a low-level first-time drug offence had the same sentence as Charles Manson” – Kim Kardashian
    • After being involved in the pardoning of Alice Johnson, Kim has begun her law degree to help those suffering unnecessarily long sentences for non-violent offences
  • Kim realized early in her career that social media can be used as a ‘free focus group’ leading to the exponential growth of her brand
  • “Cancel culture is the most ridiculous thing… I’m all about rehabilitation and freedom of speech” – Kim Kardashian
    • By canceling someone, you deprive them of the opportunity to understand and improve
  • Looking back, Kim is happy she didn’t stop Kanye from wearing a MAGA hat on SNL
    • There is great empathy in simply letting people do what they want to do

Intro

  • Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) is a household name and superstar that needs no introduction. In this episode, Bari and Kim discuss her goals of becoming a lawyer, influencers, social media, why cancel culture does more harm than good, and why she didn’t stop Kanye from wearing a MAGA hat on SNL.
  • Host: Bari Weiss (@bariweiss)

Kim Kardashian, The Lawyer

  • Kim recently passed the first part of her law exam (the baby bar)
    • “I could never understand why someone with a low-level first-time drug offence had the same sentence as Charles Manson” – Kim Kardashian
      • Kim was inspired by the Alice Johnson case, who was granted clemency by then President, Donald Trump, after her vocal efforts
      • She wants to ‘know more so she can do more’ with her status and positioning
      • First Step Act – justice reform intended to cut unnecessarily long federal sentences and improve conditions in federal prison
        • Kim was a big advocate of this and pushed Donald Trump to sign it 

Influencers, Social Media, and Cancel Culture

  • An influencer is someone who shares their life with the world and gives context to what is ‘cool’ and ‘fun’
    • Teenagers used to aspire to be an astronaut which has a clear definition, what it means for a kid to want to be an influencer is much harder to define
  • Kim first started using social media as a form of ‘free focus groups’ to help launch her new fragrances
    • The instant gratification of social media expedites the trial and error process in developing a brand like never before
  • “Cancel culture is the most ridiculous thing… I’m all about rehabilitation and freedom of speech” – Kim Kardashian
    • By canceling someone, you deprive them of the opportunity to understand and improve

Fame & Beauty

  • “I was so desperate to be famous in, like, 2007” – Kim Kardashian
    • First saw The Real World and said ‘that’s how I want my life to be’
    • 2007 was when Keeping up with the Kardashians began
  • Fame isn’t about power to Kim, it’s about glamor and fun
    • The lack of privacy is challenging but she’ll never complain about it, fame has blessed her family with a ton of opportunity
  • Growing up Armenian, not very many people looked like her and her family, so she didn’t necessarily feel beautiful
    • Was always introverted about growing up ‘curvy’ but stars like Jennifer Lopez and Selma Hayek made her feel comfortable
    • She often couldn’t find clothes that would fit her, so she made her own clothing line

Kanye Wearing a MAGA Hat

  • Kim recalls the time where Kanye wore a red MAGA hat on SNL
    • Originally, Kim didn’t want him to wear it. But looking back, if that’s what Kanye believes in then he should be able to express it.
    • Taught her to be empathetic towards people who simply ‘want to do what they want to do’

Lightning Round

  • Does Kim ever go out in disguise?
    • Yes, mask – sunglasses – baseball hat but nothing crazy
  • What reality shows does Kim watch?
    • Hoarders, Dateline
  • Who’s the nicest celebrity?
    • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Favorite Kanye West Album
    • Yeezus & My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
  • Will you ever run for public office?
    • As of now, no. Doesn’t think it is something she’d ever want.
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