Kim Kardashian has mastered the art of being famous, but every now and again, the reality maven reminds us that she could use a refresher course on the differences between good and bad publicity. For example, writing a letter in support of Hillary Clinton, like Kim did ahead of last year’s election: good publicity. Tweeting about the benefits of the flu as a weight loss method, like Kim did on Tuesday? Well, all we have to do is take a look at the Twitter reactions to see how that was received:
Now imagine saying that to your daughter after she gets sick…— kirst 🏳️🌈 (@kirakirst) April 19, 2017
People also die, from the flu…but glad you feeling better pic.twitter.com/KaoQi2z9Mp— Kevin Herringbone (@steelyDaniels) April 19, 2017
you’re aware of the amount of people that follow you/are inspired by you, right? lots of them being impressionable young people?— Carmen (@Carmen_pov) April 19, 2017
maybe don’t glamorize sickness for weight loss— Tatiana Nassar (@TatianaNassar) April 19, 2017
While there was probably no ill intent behind Kim’s tweet about losing six pounds ahead of the Met Gala because having the “flu can be an amazing diet" (and while she was likely just trying to be funny, despite obviously meaning it in earnest), she failed to take into account that up to 59,000 people in the U.S. die from influenza each year, not to mention all those who succumb to the virus in underdeveloped countries. And, with North fast approaching the age where her own body image will suddenly be something she thinks about on the regular, Kim should know that her own body issues are not a trait she wants her daughter to inherit.