The deeper truth behind the Kanye Kim conflict


Gianna La Fond, Staffer

As we all sit back and enjoy the newest cup of celebrity drama between Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, I can’t help but wonder within the midst of “Captain America Civil War” edits, graphic claymation murder, and long Twitter threads with every “hot take” you could imagine, is there something much worse going on? With every new leaked screenshot, I feel the need to look past the jokes and into the constant harassment that Kardashian has had to deal with during this situation. If any non-famous women were to be treated this way by an ex it would be called harassment and abuse, but with West’s cult-like fanbase and Kardashian’s every move under  scrutiny of the public eye, the situation is merely passed off as a joke claiming that “Kanye is off his meds.”

This very public dispute sparked after West posted about his daughter ‘s Tik Tok account, asking his fans how to handle his daughter having a Tik Tok account against his will. Many people brushed off the post, framing West as a caring father who didn’t know how to handle his daughter’s account during the midst of his divorce. After the first Instagram post, things quickly escalated with West posting multiple times a day harassing Kardashian for her parenting style and her boyfriend Pete Davidson. West continued to publicly harass Kardashian and Davidson, but this harassment was laughed at by many.

Kardashian is part of one of the most famous families in America, having 282.9 million followers on Instagram. When it comes down to it, Kardashian is powerful. She’s extremely wealthy and influences millions of women daily with her social media, tv-show, a successful apparel brand, and even a mobile game. If Kim Kardashian can’t escape harassment from an ex-partner, what does that mean for regular women?

Harrassment, abuse, and stalking from ex-partners is something that women have to deal with on the daily. According to the “National Domestic Violence Hotline” which provides 24/7 support for people dealing with abuse, “Nearly 3 in 10 women (29 percent) in the US have experienced rape, physical violence, and/or stalking by a partner.” Although it does not seem that the Kim and West situation has escalated that far, the constant harassment signifies a greater issue. Not only does it put Kardashian, Davidson and her children in danger of an attack from a Kanye West “stan,” or even West himself, it also promotes to West’s fans that this treatment of women is not only okay but funny.