Let me begin this post by first saying: I love the Kardashians. Say what you want about them, but they’re simply the “royal family” of the USA: whether you like it or not, they’ve kept you and me entertained for nearly two decades.
I’ve loved watching KUWTK since I was 12- something about this family just hooks me in and keeps me wanting to know what they’re doing every day. They go through relationship and life struggles, which is relatable to most of us.
The other day I was watching Kylie Jenner’s Instagram story. She is the youngest of the Kardashian-Jenner clan and is only a few months older than I am. For those unfamiliar, her stories usually contain selfies, makeup swatches and promotions for her cosmetics brand, or videos of her daughter, Stormi. But, what I watched the other day absolutely disgusted me.
The story began with Kylie approaching the entrance to the party: a massive inflatable replica of Stormi’s head (a nod to her father, Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” album cover). For Stormi’s first birthday party, this head also made an appearance, but it was in baby form (which leads me to wonder if Kylie owns a massive warehouse to store each year’s Stormi head). Extra? Yes- but to be expected from the Kardashian-Jenner family.
We are then taken inside the mouth of the giant Stormi head, to a mystical wonderland with all sorts of lights and foliage. A bit too much? Absolutely- but again, that is expected of the Kardashian-Jenner clan.
What follows is Kylie guiding us to what looks like a kiosk station that you’d find at any theme park. There’s a person behind the desk to direct you where you need to go, and various maps (yes, MAPS!!) of the layout of “StormiWorld”. The map showcases various sites within the park, including a “Frozen World”, “Trolls World” and “Stormi World”.
Kylie then takes us to “Trolls World” which is based off of Stormi’s favorite movie, Trolls (I do have to say, the movie is excellent). This place looks straight out of the movie: there was a massive tree in the middle of the room, tons of troll hair covering the ceiling, mini trolls everywhere, and even the main characters themselves.
And it didn’t stop there.
When Kylie entered the belly of the beast of “StormiWorld”, my jaw dropped. Here featured multiple rollercoasters, various booths with all kinds of food laid out to grab, flashing lights everywhere- it looked like Disney World. Kylie walks her followers around, giggling at how everything turned out so well, and interacts with friends and family. She showcases the custom StormiWorld balloons, aprons for the employees, and even trash cans.
And I’m disgusted. The party was estimated to cost $100K– more than the cost of my entire college tuition. Not only is this the highest display of decadence I have ever seen, but all for the cause of a two year old’s birthday. Quite frankly, it comes across as gluttonous. The idea that someone has the ability (and the desire) to throw so much money at something so trivial comes across as so incredibly ignorant. Let me remind you of her and her family members’ tears on social media a little over a month ago during the Australian Wildfires. While Kylie did donate $1M after backlash from her Instagram post wearing $1,500 real mink fur slippers (keep in mind her net worth is 1 billion, making 1 million is 1% of what she has). Kylie, if you were so heartbroken about it, could you not have taken a fraction more of your budget for your two year old’s birthday party to help save countless wildlife and support Australian people a month ago? The fact of the matter is: the Kardashian Family has made it very apparent that their money stays within the family. Occasionally, a small fraction is thrown one way or the other for philanthropy (yes, thousands seem like huge numbers to you an I, but are merely pocket change to those with multi millions). Overall, when have we seen this family use a large sum of their money for something other than themselves?
Kylie was named the youngest “self-made billionaire” by Forbes magazine in 2019. Since when is someone that is born into multi millions of familial wealth considered “self made?” Kylie Jenner had a massive head start (as did Zuckerburg, Bezos, and Gates), and the reality is that Jenner reflects the kind of privilege that a capitalist society constantly uplifts. There has never been an acknowledgement of the privilege that got her to where she is, only praise for all of her hard work.
Again, I have no issue with Kylie as a person, but it is the lack of acknowledgement of her privilege and lack of understanding of what good she could contribute to the world that bothers me. 1 billion dollars is a MILLION, MILLIONS. 5 million dollars to Kylie is pocket change. So, Kylie, if somehow you’re reading this- please, spare the world a little bit more of your luxury.
Art of the day: an older song but a good reminder to us all: be humble. By no means do I claim to not have materialistic desires myself- which is why it’s so important to check in and remind ourselves of what’s really important.