One of the queens of social media may be stepping away from her throne. After her traumatic robbery in Paris, Kim Kardashian is reportedly going to be scaling back her presence on social media.
Apparently, Kim Kardashian is actually listening to some of her critics, who have accused her of being too public about her wealth and suggested that her constantly posting about her jewelry may have incentivized her robbers. Sources close to Kardashian say that the reality star is going to stop posting ostentatious photos that might display her wealth, TMZ reports. Additionally, when promoting her clothing lines and other fashion endeavors, Kardashian is going to attempt to showcase her products in a less extravagant manner.
[She is] too public, too public -- we have to see in what time we live. You cannot display your wealth then be surprised that some people want to share it... I don't understand why [Kardashian] was in a hotel with no security and things like this. If you are that famous and you put all your jewelry on the net, you go to hotels where nobody can come near to the room.
Kim Kardashian is apparently taking the criticism to heart for reasons of safety, but she is not ashamed of the jewelry she's given. A source close to the Kardashians is saying that her husband Kanye West is planning on buying her even more extravagant jewelry to replace the pieces that were stolen from her, E! News reports. You probably won't be seeing them on her Instagram, though.
In my opinion, Kim Kardashian being told to post less on her personal social media platforms in order to avoid an armed robbery has a definite victim-shaming vibe. Shouldn't the blame really be on the robbers who broke into a woman's room, held her at gunpoint, bound and gagged her, and then stole over $10 million? And I'm willing to bet that these robbers knew Kim Kardashian was rich not because of her Instagram posts, but because she's Kim Kardashian --- how often she posts on social media doesn't change the fact that she's one of the most widely known celebrities in the world. Plus, what is social media for, if not showing off?
Then again, since many of Kim Kardashian's posts reveal where she's at, it probably is a good idea for someone of her level of fame to think twice before announcing her current location to the world.
Kim Kardashian is reportedly incredibly shaken after the robbery, and immediately left Paris to meet Kanye West at their New York apartment the night it occurred. While there has been an outpouring of support for Kardashian, some online have cynically speculated that she is fabricating the story. Sources have said that Kardashian finds those claims crazy.
Hang in there, Kim. Here's hoping we get some more Instagram posts soon!