Our world is, as a rule, obsessed with keeping up with the Jones, and, more recently, keeping up with the Kardashians. Our obsession with the so-called “beautiful people” and the rich and famous is often viewed a vapid and pointless, but it’s impacts can be anything but.
I wrote about our culture’s celebrity cult last week in regards to the election. The point of that post was that our celebrity-worship can have consequences for the general public. Today I’d like to examine the consequences that the general public can have on the celebrities.
Annoying paparazzi and a lack of privacy are established and expected prices of fame, but there have been multiple recent cases of models being put into legitimate danger because of their popularity and notoriety.
The most terrifying example is the Kim Kardashian’s recent robbery in Paris. The apartment where she was staying was broken into my armed men, who tied her up and stole her valuables.
What Kardashian endured was the most extreme recent example of the dangers, but her younger sister is also facing an alarming situation. The Huffington Post report Friday that “amid [Kardashian/Jenner] family’s security crisis,” model Kendall Jenner went to court and testified against Shavaughn McKenzie. McKenzie allegedly entered Jenner’s driveway in August and then followed her.
“I was crying, I was screaming, I was freaking out. I didn’t know what his intentions were,” Jenner said.
In another recent violent incident, Jenner’s friend and fellow model Gigi Hadid was grabbed from behind by a man, Vitalii Sediuk, in Milan, Italy on September 22. Hadid fought him during the attack.
“Practicing self-defense is important so that when you’re in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up. Confidence in your own ability to defend yourself comes with educating yourself about it, and is a massive advantage when in an unsafe situation,” Hadid told Lenny Letter.
These attack, while shocking and violent, are not unusual in our culture, and they obviously did nothing to stop the obsession around the parties involved. Shortly after, the Mirror posted an article titled “Shaken Kim Kardashian looks unrecognizable as she’s spotted for the first time in Los Angeles after gun point robbery,” with accompanying paparazzi pictures of a hooded Kardashian. The cycle continues.