Kardashians hit with internet backlash after gratuitous vacation in apartheid Cuba

Carolina del Busto in the Miami New Times:

The Kardashians Went to Cuba, and the Internet Isn’t Having It

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God bless you, internet. If there’s one thing to be said about the vastness of the World Wide Web, it is that it’s a place for people to voice their opinions. Sure, there are plenty of ignorant and nasty comments floating around out there. But from time to time, the Earth’s intelligent inhabitants take to social media to point out noticeable flaws in the way our reigning pop-culture icons behave.

Which brings us to the Kardashian klan. As Entertainment Tonight puts it: “It wouldn’t be a Kardashian vacation without drama.”

It was reported that the world’s most famous family would take a trip to the island 90 miles south of Miami to film episodes for its upcoming season of E!’s Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Though sisters Kim and Kourtney have been fairly silent on social media (so far, neither has posted on Twitter or Instagram about the trip), Khloé has been kluing her fan base in on nearly every detail.

Our first indication that the group had landed in Cuba was when Khloé posted a photo of Kim, Kourtney, herself, and best friend Malika Haqq with the caption “Pablo was here! Cuba” Wednesday afternoon. Thankfully, more than one follower immediately pointed out that Pablo Escobar, the famed drug lord, was actually from Colombia. But we’re sure there are plenty of other Pablos living in Cuba. But who knows, maybe Escobar built an underwater tunnel before his death in 1993 that will lead others, like Mexico’s Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzmán, to Havana one day.  (There was the weird drug submarine thing with Pablo, but, oh well.)

She began with photos of smoking cigars. OK, that’s cool and part of the Cuban culture, sure. But mierda really got muddy when the reality TV star posted a picture of herself standing under large letters spelling “Fidel” on a marble wall with what we can only guess is a quote from the Communist dick-tator himself.

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Many of the replies on Khloé’s twitter feed have been fairly positive — from fans telling her how beautiful she is to others encouraging her to have fun — but there are still those who are not having it. And those people are our favorites.

Especially author and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich, who correctly pointed out that Khloé standing under an homage to Fidel Castro — you know, the Communist leader who overthrew a government and continues to ruin a bunch of people’s lives — is not cool, bro. She tweets, “Fidel throws people in prison for attempting to use Twitter,” and follows it with: “He’s also had a lot of people killed and is a massive human rights violator but hey, viva!”

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1 thought on “Kardashians hit with internet backlash after gratuitous vacation in apartheid Cuba”

  1. I’m pretty sure that staircase photo was taken at the same spot where Rihanna had her picture taken for Vanity Fair. All Cuba is seen and treated as a picturesque backdrop for celebrity poseurs, not to mention the hordes of tourists eager for photo-ops. It’s all blithely and opportunistically amoral; these people don’t care about the implications of their conduct, and they may not even see any wrong in it–“everybody” does it, and they can always buy into the official narrative, even to the point of seeing themselves as benefactors.

    We’re largely wasting our time with such people, who will NOT “get it” no matter what we say, especially the celebrity crowd; they will simply suit themselves. These people are invested in their blindness and not open to the light. They won’t listen to us, but to their own kind and the usual suspects. It might even be counterproductive for us to get on their case, because it’s easy to dismiss us as extremists driven by “hate fantasies,” as the New York Times and other “experts” have long taught them to see us, and trying to shame them will just make them defensive. The prevailing narrative has never been the true one.

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