Self-diagnosed girlboss Kim Kardashian made some truly cooked comments about succeeding in business this week. Former Kardashian employees have now called that shit out, including an ex-unpaid intern.
Imagine owning an AU$76 million house and not paying your interns? It’s giving absolute girlpower capitalism.
ICYMI Kim gave an interview to Variety with her siblings Kourtney and Khloe and her mum Kris Jenner.
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“I have the best advice for women in business,” Kim told Variety.
“Get your fucking ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days.”
Oh baby that’s a little suspicious. It’s somewhat harder to simply “get your fucking ass up and work” when you don’t have inherited wealth, an already semi-famous family and a friendship with Paris Hilton.
— 𝓡𝓪𝓬𝓱𝓸𝓷𝓲𝓮𝓼 (@TakeItEasyRae) March 9, 2022
kim kardashian giving business advice: pic.twitter.com/wU7AsCWMtA
— tushar (@reputushion) March 10, 2022
I think if you grew up in Beverly Hills with super successful parents in what was simply a smaller mansion… nobody needs to hear your thoughts on success/work ethic. This same 24 hours in the day shit is a nightmare. 99.9% of the world grew up with a VERY different 24 hours. https://t.co/tvafFIyk92
— ❤️ Jameela Jamil ❤️ She/Her ❤️ (@jameelajamil) March 9, 2022
kim kardashian: nobody wants to work these days
everyone working 40+ hour weeks and earning minimum wage: no shit
— Joe (@dealzjr) March 9, 2022
To emphasise just how fucked Kim’s comments are, Kardashian ex-employees opened up about their shitty experiences working for the family.
CNN journo Celene Zavala worked as an intern assistant to Kim Kardashian for five months back in 2016 according to her LinkedIn.
Her Twitter is now on private but as per The Daily Mail she called out Kim via quote tweet.
“I worked my little college ass off for free for Kimberly,” she wrote.
“So I better get some addendum in here saying ‘except for Celene, she was amazing’.”
Writer Jessica DeFino shared a similar experience on Twitter. Back in 2015 she was an assistant editor on Khloe Kardashian’s app.
According to her LinkedIn, she launched all five of the Kardashian apps.
DeFino said that as an editor on the apps, she was criticised for freelancing on the side but was being paid barely enough for petrol and groceries.
Maybe people don’t need to work harder, maybe they just need to be paid a liveable wage? Much to think about Kimmy.
Later in the interview, Kim hit back at the accusation that she and her sisters are only famous for being famous.
“Who gives a fuck … We focus on the positive,” she said.
“We work our asses off. If that’s what you think, then sorry. We just don’t have the energy for that.
“We don’t have to sing or dance or act; we get to live our lives — and hey, we made it. I don’t know what to tell you.”
Yeah, maybe Kim Kardashian does work her ass off.
But so do all the unpaid interns, gig economy workers, producers and developers who make her billion dollar lifestyle possible.