My first impression when I saw that “#KimKardashian” was trending yesterday morning was “what kind of shenanigans did she get herself into now?” I’ve never been a fan of all the attention that the Kardashian/Jenner family receives, but after all these years, I should be used to it.
Safe to say I’m not.
I looked further into the hashtag and saw that Kim was robbed in her Paris hotel while husband, Kanye, was performing in NYC and her bodyguard was with her sisters. At first, I couldn’t believe it was actually news since we always hear stories of celebrities (Chris Brown, Jon Bon Jovi, etc.) being robbed, but this was different. Details emerged saying the 35-year-old was bound, gagged, and held at gunpoint by men disguised as police officers. As a young woman, I was terrified, but the journalist in me was curious to see what else was trending and why.
I came across tweets from a 7-year-old girl from Syria that were absolutely heartbreaking and I was instantly wondering why Mrs. Kardashian-West took precedence over her, at least in the Twittersphere. But that’s usually how it goes, right? Social media flocks to whatever people are talking about most, and in this case, the focus was on the wrong person.
Don’t get me wrong, what Kim K. experienced was horrific and traumatizing, but remember what the truest form of journalism is all about. It was all about giving a voice and platform to those who do not have one. Just like doctors, we’re a profession for the people. Yes, give her some of the airtime and headlines, give her the proper respect and well-wishes, but also give Bana al-Abed and her mother the attention they deserve.
With that being said, this does not give anyone the right to bash Kim, her family, and it’s not funny to make fun of the fact that she got robbed. No one should ever have to fear for their life over material items, or in her case, very expensive jewelry. I’m not upset with anyone who gravitated towards these news because the fact of the matter is we’re bound to read things about people we’re familiar with. I simply want there to be the same amount of exposure for people like you and I- the same level of exposure as there was back when journalists had nothing but a pencil and a notepad to find their own stories.
The lines in journalism have seemed to become skewed when it comes to what is newsworthy. Truth is, you should care about both as a consumer. As a journalist, you know where the real story and your loyalty lies. Choose wisely.