It’s Kendall Jenner’s Party and She’ll Rage if She Wants To
If you can believe it, she threw a 100-person party & COVID still exists.
Happy birthday, Kendall Jenner.
I hope it was worth it.
The Kardashian/Jenner clan has been in hot water lately. Last week, Kim K turned 40 and threw herself a birthday bash on a private island with a group of her friends and family.
People, understandably, were furious.
The ethics of this were messy. While it seems they were being “COVID-safe” by quarantining for two weeks before, it still doesn’t feel very COVID-friendly. It’s more like COVID-oblivious.
Now, Kendall Jenner is picking up where her sister left off.
In fact, she topped Kim’s intimate little luxury vacation by throwing a Halloween/birthday party for herself… with 100 people. Supposedly, every guest and staff member had to take a COVID rapid test before entering… but really? We’re trusting that system?
These two events have triggered a *ton* of backlash.
Let’s dig into why we are all so — understandably — triggered by this.
Many of us are still in quarantine
I wish I could be one of those people who act like COVID doesn’t exist.
But, alas, as of this story, the U.S. has hit 100,000 new cases in a single day for the first time. So, this is hardly going away. In fact, I would argue that COVID ambivalence could be a huge factor in these new cases.
I get it. We all want “normal” back.
But there are many people — like me — who still live primarily in quarantine. My dad is a cancer patient and I have to be incredibly careful with his health. I’m saying no to events left and right.
It feels like the world around me is totally okay with pretending we are all back to normal.
For me, COVID doesn’t mean a quick flu-ish disease and I’m all good. For me, getting COVID could mean death for my dad.
It hurts when people in my normal life go to bachelorette parties or restaurants or hug their family members. But when a celebrity like Kendall Jenner does this? It’s a slap in the face.
Many of us are in serious financial struggles
I work with companies that have laid off dozens to hundreds of their employees.
As a former Disney employee, I watched my friends get laid off from the Happiest Place on Earth. Some of them had worked there for decades.
This is not a time of financial security.
There are so many unknowns. Even if you have a job now, more layoffs are on the horizon for many industries. Who knows what printing all of this money will do. And the stock market is hardly sitting pretty.
So, yeah, it’s pretty sh*tty to see millionaire celebrities throw themselves parties and then flaunt it on Instagram.
It feels very let-them-eat-cake.
I’m not naive enough to think that the Kardashian Jenner clan is going to stop spending their millions upon millions of dollars because of COVID. But can you at least be sensitive enough to not broadcast it on social media?
Many of us have lost loved ones this year
This is a year of loss.
If now is not the time for above-and-beyond sensitivity, then when?
The Kardashian Jenner parties are so self-serving. And to flaunt them on social media simply to gain likes and follows is just sickening.
This is not a drill.
It’s an isolating time. It’s a time of grieving. And while I hardly suggest that we can’t experience any joy in the midst of this year — although it feels like that sometimes — we need to be more sensitive about how we express that joy.
Many of us can’t take a vacation
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to go on vacation?
God, I would love to go to the beach with my family. Hell, I would like to be able to hug my parents. To cook a meal with them. To watch a movie in the living room.
These are not luxuries many of us have right now.
Again, people are struggling financially and emotionally and all across the board.
We all deserve a f*cking vacation.
Hell, no one else got birthday parties this year, so what makes you so special, Kendall?
In Kim’s social media post, she writes, “I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.”
Well, Kim, while a trip to a private island may be “normal” for you, the “normal” many of us crave is simply the ability to be in the same room as a family member.
Many of us are having serious mental health issues
We are in a serious mental health crisis now. According to WebMD, “over 30% of caregivers reported suicidal thoughts, as did more than 21% of essential workers.”
Anxiety disorders have tripled. More people are turning to alcohol to cope. And depression reports have quadrupled.
So, yes, Kardashian Jenners, it is the perfect time to throw parties.
Social media is triggering to our mental health as it is. We get sucked into the comparison trap and all of that scrolling is making us disconnected.
I can only imagine how someone struggling with depression would have felt by seeing these posts.
We all want to get away. We all would love a private island.
Many of us would give anything to just hug our loved ones
It bears repeating, doesn’t it?
I don’t know if you’re like me. Maybe you have taken more risks with this virus than I can afford. Even still, the months and months and months of this is wearing on our spirits. I would give anything to be able to walk into my parents’ house and hug my mother.
But we have to keep each other safe.
This time last year I never would have guessed safety for my dad would mean separation from him.
It f*cking sucks.
The truth is that the Kardashian Jenners don’t care and maybe we shouldn’t expect them to
People.com reported in regards to Kendall’s party, “A source tells PEOPLE that Kendall expected to receive backlash over the party, and asked friends in advance to not post on social media.”
She knew people might be kind of p*ssed about this. Hell, she had to have seen what went down with Kim’s little shindig.
And still? She was selfish and reckless enough to throw herself a rager.
But… at least she tried to hide it this time, right?
I don’t expect much of Hollywood. I don’t hang my hopes on celebrities. But, like it or not, they do set examples. Think of the 12-year-old girls who see these pictures and think, “maybe I can have a birthday party, too.”
The more we see images of parties and gatherings and vacations like this, the more we become desensitized. The more we start thinking, “maybe COVID isn’t so bad after all.” The more we start taking risks. The more people get sick. The more people die.
It’s a danger we can’t afford.