October 3, 2016


After Kim Kardashian's Assault, Chrissy Teigen Calls Out the Double Standard of Fame

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On Sunday, Kim Kardashian was tied, held at gunpoint and robbed in her luxury apartment in Paris. She had millions of dollars of jewelry stolen and was left "badly shaken but physically unharmed." The police are still investigating the fiasco, which caused husband Kanye West to end his set at New York festival The Meadows early and rush to her aid.

But shortly after the reports started hitting the internet, trolls did what trolls do best, commenting on news stories with mean-spirited and unsolicited responses. Here's a selection of the terrible things people have said about Kardashian's traumatizing, near-death experience:

Most of the jokes center around a rampant hate for Kim Kardashian and a disdain for her wealth and celebrity. It's easy to hate on success you don't understand. It's easy to hate on money that's not earned conventionally. It's easy to hate on a life that isn't like your own. It's easy to hate on Kim Kardashian.

And it's easy to make hateful comments on the internet.

Model Chrissy Teigen is usually one to smack down those trolls on her Twitter account. When she caught wind of the attack on her friend Kim, she started combatting the terrible tweets, which try to dismiss Kim's experience by saying she should expect robbery and assault at her level of fame.

Teigen, who is married to Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music artist John Legend, called out the double standard of celebrity:

She acknowledged that her success (along with Kardashian's success) is built on people who care and the people who buy into their projects, but Teigen still found fault at the way people think that fame negates human rights and respect.

One person wrote: "you make your money off of us. Doesn't matter who it is, celebs or business ppl or doctors. Respect your money source."

To which Teigen responded: "lol. you have no idea. and I don't expect you to."

During her Twitter spree, she was sure to check her privilege, too.

Here's more:

The point Teigen brings up has me circling back to Justin Bieber and Zayn Malik, who have canceled events this year to deal with the pressure of fame. They've both gotten backlash for failing to meet with or perform for fans. Some people think that since they buy their albums, which ultimately supports their success, then they are entitled to their time and skills. It's a flawed logic, since you wouldn't expect anything more from your deli guy than turkey after forking over cash for his product. You wouldn't expect him to take pictures with you, and you certainly wouldn't hound him for taking a sick day.

As Teigen writes, people need to show empathy for people, regardless of their celebrity.