We once asked "What do the Kardashians have against Indians?" — and photos from North West's birthday party have us again pondering the same question.
Us Magazine reports that North, the daughter of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, celebrated her first birthday party with a "Kidchella" themed affair at Kardashian sister Kourtney's house. Kidchella, like Coachella for tykes, inspired its guests (well, those who know what Coachella is, which would not include the birthday girl) to get all Coachella'd up.
And so, since Coachella and non-Native girls in feather headdresses are a thing, it was possible — likely — that some Kardashian would sport the hipster headdress. And one did. Khloe Kardashian donned a feather headdress, sat cross-legged (or was it "Indian-style") next to a tiny tipi, and approximated the lotus position, a meditative pose associated with the other kind of Indians.
On Instagram, she captioned the picture "Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water. #Kidchella my first Coachella!!!"
Half-sister Kylie Jenner also posted a picture of Khloe in her outfit to Instagram:
Khloe's photo met with criticism from some Instagrammers who found it disrespectful. They were of course slammed by Kardashian fans who feel they should lighten up. It's fair to debate this, but here's something to consider: Khloe's picture has 369,000 likes (and counting); Kylie's has 623,000 likes and counting. Love 'em, hate 'em, or don't care, the fact remains that any little thing the Kardashians do reaches a massive audience. More people consume a Kardashian or Jenner Instagram picture than consume all of the Internet's Native news sources combined. Debate is fair, but hundreds of thousands of Kardashian devotees gleefully shouting down a few Native voices isn't much of a debate.
As celebrities these people have the choice — and one wishes they'd feel some responsibility — not to spread ignorance to followers who will defend them and seek to emulate them. We can't say how many Kardashian fans now think Native Americans meditate in the lotus position, but we'd bet it's more than a few.
Yesterday, Khloe posted the below image to Instagram. Although she did not specifically reference her party costume, it may have been a comment on the controversy — regardless it's a comment on the persecution complex that rich and unthinking celebrities so often feel. Other Instagram users have showered it with 526,000 likes (and counting):