The Internet Is Unanimous — Kim Kardashian Sharing 40th Birthday Island Party Pics Was Pretty Tone-Deaf
Kim Kardashian shared a series of photographs from her 40th birthday party on a private island, and the internet reacted accordingly — they were pretty unimpressed with her shameless display of wealth during a pandemic that has impacted people's livelihoods.
Kim turned 40 on October 21 and revealed today that she celebrated by flying her close friends and family to a private island. She clarified in her thread that she had expected them to be screened for COVID-19 and to quarantine for two weeks ahead of the surprise holiday.
"40 and feeling humbled and blessed," Kim wrote in her first tweet, alongside an outfit pic, and a photo with her siblings, Khloé, Kourtney, Kendall and Rob. "There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter.
"For my birthday this year, I couldn't think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today.
"Before COVID, I don't think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment," she continued.
"After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.
"We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more," she concluded. "I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is."
But people online thought it was particularly tone-deaf to be sharing images of a large private party — with masked servers waiting on them — at a time when many people are unable to be with their families due to border closures and other restrictions. The luxury of being able to "pretend things were normal" isn't available to frontline workers or people who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19.
There have been 8,680,611 cases of COVID-19 in the United States and 225,084 deaths from the virus since January 21, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Here's how the internet joked and pointed out the grim pandemic reality behind Kim Kardashian's birthday posts: