I read and hear a lot about celebrity news and news in general given that I work in the ad space.
The other day, some of the guys in my office were discussing Kim Kardashian West, and how she had $10M of jewelry stolen from her by robbers.
At first I’m not going to lie, I rolled my eyes. My first comment was, why someone would have that much jewelry on them. Who needs to spend that much money? I just couldn’t fathom it.
Usually my first response is empathy, but if I’m honest it was 100% judgement.
It’s hard to fathom the kind of wealth a celebrity like Kim has. It doesn’t make sense to me to put your toddler in a $3,500 fur jacket. I don’t like people in my own life who brag about wealth and so, this is no different. I don’t hate her. I don’t wish ill on her, but again, if I’m honest I was judging her.
Later that day I decided to participate in the click-bait of the articles swarming the internet about the instance and actually felt bad. I didn’t realize the extent of the situation and that she was actually gagged and had her hands bound with zip ties. No one deserves this. Even if it doesn’t make sense to spend that kind of money. Even if oftentimes she seems to be flaunting her wealth.
If I’m the same person who doesn’t believe any person is “asking for it” when they choose to wear a short skirt, than I want to be the same type of person that isn’t going to judge a Kardashian for bringing expensive jewelry to Paris.
I felt convicted that I was so quick to judge, when as I mentioned, no circumstance warrants being tied up and robbed.
Instead I pray that if her heart is materialistic, and her wealth is only being used on her family, that she will realize one day, that maybe she doesn’t need expensive things. There are so many desperate people in the world, who are just trying to get by. I hope she does charitable giving, and I hope that she will not feel crippled by her traumatic experience. But that she will use it to perhaps, change her perspective. And realize her life, any human life, is more precious than material goods. She has two beautiful young children and has the ability to influence the world for good.
I just wanted to remember that at the end of the day, I hope I can always remember empathy. Even when I don’t always know if the person deserves it.