Earlier this week, Kim Kardashian did a good deed.
And it didn’t have anything to do with gratuitous nudity, believe it or not.
Nope, while Kim usually brightens the world with selfies or fashion or mindless reality television trash, she used her powers for good by going to the White House to meet with Donald Trump about a woman named Alice Johnson.
You probably know the details on this already — the story and the photo of Kim meeting Trump were pretty widely mocked.
But just in case you missed it, Alice Johnson is a 63-year-old grandma who was sentenced to life in prison without parole for non-violent drug charges — her first arrest, even — all the way back in 1996.
Kim took an interest in Alice, who was obviously unbelievably failed by the justice system, and she used her voice to help take the issue directly to the president.
It worked: Trump granted Alice clemency, and she was released from prison on Wednesday.
After hearing the good news, Kim tweeted that she was “grateful” to Trump, Jared Kushner, and to everyone who helped achieve the goal, because “her commutation is inspirational and gives hope to so many others who are also deserving of a second chance.”
“I hope to continue this important work by working together with organizations who have been fighting this fight for much longer than I have and deserve the recognition,” she added.
So that’s really nice, right?
It was weird to see Kim at the White House with Donald Trump who is somehow still the president, of course, but it’s an undeniably good thing that Alice Johnson was able to be released.
But still, lots and lots of people have been mocking Kim for what happened, and she acknowledges that in a new interview she did with Van Jones.
For one, she admitted she was starstruck — not by Trump, but by the White House itself.
“I never get starstruck,” she said. “I was starstruck over the Oval Office … It really felt powerful, and felt like, you can just feel the history in there.”
“I just took a second to take it all in, and then we talked about it.”
As for Trump, she explained that he told her that the situation with Alice “just isn’t fair,” and that “he knew that this is the right thing to do, and he said that from the start after he had heard her whole story and situation and he knew it was the right thing to do.”
When it was mentioned to her that many other celebrities have been avoiding the White House these days, she said that “Kanye’s already given him legitimacy … you know, in that way.”
Kim didn’t think she would be “used” in any kind of weird way for her celebrity, but “at the end of the day, he heard me out. We got the job done.”
“I juat have to stay focused, and I have to know that if he is the only person in the world that could have done this for her, why wouldn’t I go talk to that person, if I had the opportunity to?” she asked.
“Forget about my fears. Forget about my life. That was the right thing to do.”
That’s actually pretty admirable, right?
She’s been open about her dislike of Trump and his platforms and his ideals and pretty much everything he stands for, and we’ve heard several times that she struggles with how much Kanye likes him.
So after all that, she still met with Trump, despite knowing how hard she’d be mocked and ridiculed, because Trump was the person who could help Alice, and she knew that was more important than her own image.
We’re proud of you, Kimmie!