Plot thickens as magazine reporter responds to Kim Kardashian’s own clarification on women in business

While many eyes have been trained on the Oscars and their aftermath in recent days, Kim Kardashian has been working hard to try and correct a perception she made in a recent interview about, well, working hard. The SKIMS reality TV star and founder recently opened up about getting ‘her ass’ to ‘work’ which has led to some polarizing takes ladies on View and elsewhere online. Then yesterday she backtracked, but now some of the magazine employees involved have also commented online. That’s a lot to unpack, but let’s try.

Kim Kardashian was interviewed by Variety a few weeks ago. The interview was filmed but also printed. In it, Kim Kardashian was – apparently – asked what her “best advice” was for women in the workplace and she replied:

Get your fucking ass up and work. It seems like no one wants to work these days.

Noted, she said it. As a self-declared billionaire, I don’t think anyone can argue with that. Kim Kardashian has made a lot of money in the business world, from fashion and beauty lines to a television and social media empire and other projects in between. She is said to be even more valuable than her successful half-sister Kylie Jenner, so she has a leg to stand on in the business world.

But some people felt Kim’s comment didn’t quite tell the whole story. As the daughter of Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner, Kim and her siblings have had a charming and financially supported life from the start. Although they went into business themselves, they didn’t have to rise above the circumstances or start from scratch. As detractors have noted, “one step ahead” is often what you need to succeed and not just hard work. Or, as Joy Behar noted on View:

I argue that a head start is what you need in this world and not everyone – my mom worked so hard her whole life. She was a sewing machine operator. That was it until she died, you know? So who worked harder than that? Nobody I knew.

Obviously, there’s been a lot of snapping about this commentary from this much longer interview. For this reason, Kim Kardashian responded yesterday, sitting down with hello america‘s Robin Roberts to share what she feels happened. You can watch part of the interview here:

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In it, Kim Kardashian basically says she was reacting to a previous question with perhaps a little more hostility than she anticipated and was specifically talking about building a presence on the networks. social. Or as she says,

Well, that statement I said was without questions or conversations around it and it became a truly contextless soundbite. And that sound phrase came from the notion, and the question just before, which was, “After 20 years in the business, you’re famous for being famous.” And me, my whole tone and attitude changed with the previous question that went into this question about ‘What advice would you give to women?’ The advice I would give would simply be that having a social media presence and being on a reality show does not mean immediate success.

She also told Robin Roberts that she never intended her comment to be seen as a “general statement towards women”. Instead, she says she was trying to convey that building a social media empire isn’t easy. But that’s not where this story ends.

The plot thickens as reporters respond to Kim Kardashian’s clarifications

While Variety didn’t specifically respond to Kim Kardashian’s interview with Robin Roberts, a reporter at the outlet did. Kate Arthur, the outlet’s editor, took to Twitter to share her own response to Kim Kardashian’s response (this one’s a bit hard to follow), noting:

Every outlet with Kim Kardashian saying her comments were ‘taken out of context’, please refer to Elizabeth Wagmeister’s story video, which provides context to the question, which was, ‘What is your best advice for businesswomen?

Arthur followed to also note that it reminded him of a time when Chloë Sevigny had trashed Great love then later said he was taken out of context, also on Twitter. Although at another point, she apparently stood up for Ms. Kardashian when it came to Kim calling out her sister Kourtney for not working hard enough, also noting on Twitter:

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While this tweet and Kardashian’s comments to Robin Roberts confirm that she was asked, “What’s your best advice for businesswomen?”, it’s worth noting the Variety interview video the reporter comments on on the words of Kim K. the very beginning of the video as an introduction, as you can see below. None of the questions posed to the women of the Kardashian clan are shown either.

I guess at the end of the day, if you’re already a businesswoman, you’ve made early strides in breaking the glass ceiling in general and probably don’t need Kim Kardashian’s advice. However, I think sometimes we’re quick to point out flaws in celebrity comments rather than focus on intent, which seems to be what happened here. Anyway, hopefully now that the comments on the comments on the comments are all here, it’s a story that has run its course. Considering it was a joke during the Oscars telecast just a few days ago, who knows?