A Cheer and a Half for Kim Kardashian

If you know who Kim Kardashian is, you probably don’t have a very high opinion of her. I know more than most about the Kardashians because my daughters are fans of their reality TV show, and over the years I have sometimes walked into a room when they had the Kardashian sisters on. So if you lined up Kim, Khloe and Kourtney, I could tell which was which. And my opinion of Kim, from what I’ve seen, isn’t too bad. If Barack Obama knew as much about business as Kim Kardashian does, or far that matter worked as hard, he would be a much better president.

So why does Kim get a cheer and a half? First, for being willing to display patriotic sympathies. Last night, she attended the Marine Corps Ball in North Carolina, as the guest of one Sgt. Gardiner. This is not a new concept; stars like Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake did it last year. Still, she seems to have rearranged her schedule to fit in the ball, and when she left, she tweeted, “Just left the Marine Corps Ball. Thanks to all of the marines I had the opportunity to meet tonight! Thank you for all that you do!” As I said, a patriotic sentiment. She gave her date bragging rights, too. In this photo, taken early in the evening, he looks stunned:

Okay, that’s worth one cheer. No sooner had Kim moved on from the ball than she showed, once again, that her heart was in the right place via a tweet:

She evidently failed to foresee how such an unobjectionable sentiment would be received by some of her millions of twitter followers. Within minutes, the predictable flood of death threats and wishes began rolling in. A sample:

I suppose Kardashian thought she knew all there is to know about vitriol, but she probably hadn’t experienced anything like the rage of the liberal mob. After a few minutes, she tried to make amends with this more ecumenical tweet:

This second tweet did no good at all; the waves of hate from liberals and Muslim extremists continued to roll in. So Kim deleted both tweets. That didn’t help either, so she concluded with–what else?–an apology:

I want to own up to and explain that earlier today I sent out two tweets about saying prayers for the people in Palestine and Israel and after hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize. I should have pointed out my intentions behind these tweets when I posted them. The fact is that regardless of religion and political beliefs, there are countless innocent people involved who didnt choose this, and I pray for all of them and also for a resolution. I also pray for all the other people around the world who are caught in similar crossfires.

Still, the hate tweets kept coming:

This incident is a good case study in what happens when an apolitical cultural figure innocently asserts what could be interpreted as a pro-Israel sentiment. (The same would happen if it was a pro-US or pro-Republican sentiment.) The censors of the left immediately swept down on her, much like the Guardians of Public Morals in Iran, and she speedily capitulated. Next time, she will know better than to cross them. But for the original thought, Kim Kardashian gets a half cheer.

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