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Kim Kardashian’s Advice “Get up and work:” Hypocritical or Motivational?

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In case you haven’t had enough Kardashian content lately, the entertainment news channel Variety has you covered!

In Variety’s recent video,  “Kim Kardashian’s Business Advice: ‘Get Your F**king Ass Up and Work,” the infamous family's own Kim, Khloe, Kourtney, and Kris offer their savvy opinions on a plethora of subjects. Discussing their lives, careers, and upcoming ventures, the Kar-Jenners gave insights and guidance to their fans — some advice resonating with viewers more than the rest. 

Kim Kardashian, adding to the wise words of her family, claims she has “the best advice for women in business.” What's her urgent message to these young, working women? “Get your f**king ass up and work. It seems like no one wants to work these days.” 

Shockingly, many viewers don’t believe this advice is the “best,” as promised by Kardashian, and are taking to social media to give something of their own to Kim K.: a reality check. 

Although Kim’s words of wisdom have inspired some hilarious memes and TikToks, like this one, viewers are questioning whether she has the right to tell people how hard they should be working. As a celebrity multi-millionaire born and raised in Beverly Hills, she isn’t exactly revered for a “rags-to-riches” success story that embodies the payoffs of dedication. Rather, she has experienced a life of luxury and privilege, which has been broadcast to the very same women to whom she promises success with hard work. Her unique upbringing has prevented her from completely empathizing with the average working American woman, rendering her advice unsympathetic and unrealistic to these everyday women. 

On the other hand, Kardashian’s advice does have some merit due to her success in many fields. As a business mogul, law student, and mother of three, Kardashian has plenty of experience with hard work and deserves credit for these accomplishments. 

However, the difference between Kim and the women she is advising, is the help that she received to achieve such feats. The absence of this help and privilege cannot simply be made up for with “hard work.” She has no doubt experienced hardships, obstacles, and hard-won achievements in her life. But, this does not absolve her of the extensive leg up on life she was given without having to truly “get up and work.”

While people should absolutely work hard, hearing this command from someone who has grown up with and experienced a gluttonous amount of privilege is condescending, inconsiderate, and tone-deaf. I love my Skims as much as the next girl, but Kim K’s take is seriously out of touch, considering that people may work every day of their lives without ever experiencing the level of wealth that Kim and her family possess.

But, if Kim’s words add fuel to your fire instead of tearing you down, by all means: get your ass up and work!

Eva is a second-year Communication major at UC Santa Barbara, where she writes about anything and everything she feels is exciting, fascinating, or entertaining. When she isn't writing for Her Campus, she is usually overthinking, working on one of her projects, or listening to Taylor Swift.
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