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Kim Kardashian stands accused of caring more about her brand and her bank account than about the lives of 12 dead people in California.
This is a very harsh asssessment, but it’s one shared by a number of Kim’s Twitter followers right now.
The reality star has garnered quite a bit of backlash for what some perceive as an incredibly tone deaf Tweet on Thursday morning.
It reads as follows:
So excited! @KKWFRAGRANCE is coming to @ultabeauty this holiday season! My fragrances launch in all stores across the country on Sunday 11/25!
And then another almost immediately proceeded it:
Get ready! #KKWFRAGRANCE is coming to all @ultabeauty stores on Sunday 11.25! #KKWFragranceUltaBeauty.
On the surface, this is exactly what any follower of Kardashian would expect: a promotion of her makeup, beauty or perfume collection.
But the self-serving messages came just hours after the world learned of another mass shooting, as a dozen people were gunned down in a bar in Thousand Oaks around 11:20 p.m. on Wednesday.
As you might expect, many social media users responded to Kim’s fragrance shilling by asking what the heck the mother of three was thinking by sending them in light of this tragedy.
Here’s a look at some of the most pointed responded to Kardashian’s Tweets:
12 people are dead this morning Kim…and it happened a city over from your home. Get it together.
I would be much more interested with the developing facts behind a mass murder in Thousand Oaks, CA, that went down late last night Kim! But you really blew this one big time! Massively! Kris Jenner needs have a heart to heart with you!
Mass shooting right in ur state & as ALWAYS none of ur fam say shhh, WHY would any of you? U all have armed guards 24/7 on you, F the rest of us right? Don’t preach to me on gun control HYPOCRITE, MAKE UR MONEY #ThousandOaks
You are aware that there was a mass shooting one town over, right?
The thing is, Kim was likely unaware of this horrific massacre at the time the Tweets went live.
Based on the similarity of the messages, as well as how they were posted back-to-back, they were almost definitely scheduled to go up when they did, at some point before the aforecited bar patrons were killed.
And Kardashian has actually been a vocal proponent of gun control in the past.
In February, following a mass shooting in Florida, Kim earned our praise for responding as follows online:
“We owe it to our children and our teachers to keep them safe while at school. Prayers won’t do this: action will. Congress, please do your job and protect Americans from senseless gun violence.”
So this is one important topic on which the star has been admirably vocal.
Still, the unfortunate timing of Kim’s Tweets here coincide with Kardashian having to recently apologize for using the R-Word in video.
She may be best served by explaining the situation and issuing a statement about the shooting and gun control in general, simply to avoid another scandal.
Not that what folks think about Kim Kardashian is remotely the point right now.
What politicians think about the state of our country and the role guns play in it is infinitely more pressing.
In the aftermath of Shannon Beador flipping out and then apologizing to her fellow Housewives, the show needs some levity.
In this The Real Housewives of Orange County sneak peek, Shannon and Vicki have both undergone surgery.
When they come to, however, their experiences are very different. One of them is deeply hilarious.
"In a perfect world, would I like to have my partner waiting for me when I get out of surgery?" Shannon asks.
She asks if she would love to have such a partner "putting his arm around me, saying ‘I’m going to take care of you and everything’s going to be OK?’"
She answers her own questions: "Absolutely."
Obviously, anyone wants emotional support, especially when they're just coming out of surgery.
Since Shannon is currently single, however, she doesn't have that.
Fortunately, Shannon knows how to keep things in perspective.
"But you know what?" Shannon asks rhetorically.
"I have a driver," Shannon says. "And Sophie and the kids are waiting for me when I get home."
That's more than a lot of people have.
Shannon concludes: "And that’s all I can ask for."
It's always good to focus on the positives in your life, rather than simply on what you don't have.
We promised that there would be some levity in this clip, and there absolutely is.
Vicki Gunvalson also went into the hospital to have some face-fillers removed.
Her boyfriend, Steve Lodge, arrived to show her moral support — you know, the kind that Shannon would have liked.
Vicki was still a little loopy, however, and immediately asks Steve some awkward questions.
"Do you love me?" Vicki asks. "Am I pretty?"
It sounds like Shannon might be better off. People aren't always at their best when they're under the influence.
Vicki then tells Steve that she has "no panties on right now."
Earlier this year, Vicki explained why she intended to have her face fillers removed.
"I had a lot of fillers in my face and I didn’t feel like it was me anymore," Vicki said.
"I had too many doctors, too many different times say ‘let’s do this, let’s do that, let’s fill here, let’s do Voluma, let’s do Sculptra,’" Vicki continues.
You know, on the very first episode of The Real Housewives of Orange County that I ever saw, she was having a botox party.
It seems that she's changed her tune.
"And," Vicki says. "By the time I was done I looked in the mirror and was like COMMA ‘I don’t even look like myself.’"
Apparently, part of that has been Steve's supportive influence.
"I said to him the other day, ‘My boobies are a little bit lower. I want them higher up here,’" Vicki shares.
Vicki says that Steve didn't agree: "He goes, ‘You promised me you wouldn’t do anything else,’"
"No," Vicki decides. "For right now I’m at peace."
Good for her!
It's always easy to poke fun at women who undergo multiple cosmetic procedures on their faces and breasts.
Of course, it starts to get considerably less funny once you think about the powerful social forces that demand that women look a certain way.
These cultural pressures are compounded for women who are on television, for older women, and for women who are trying to date.
Some would say that Vicki and Shannon almost had no choice but to go under the knife a time or two if they wanted to remain on television.
That is a grim thought.
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Right after Jeremy admitted that their marriage has been “tough” in recent months, Audrey has taken to social media to gush about their anniversary trip.
And yes, there are photos of these two lovebirds — and of Jer’s reaction to Auj’s gift!
“It was my turn to plan our anniversary this year,” Audrey reveals in a lengthy Instagram post.
“We started switching off because we like surprising each other,” she explains. “And it was just easier for managing our expectations.”
“I booked us a night (our first night away from Ember) at the The Sentinel Hotel where we stayed on our wedding night 4 years ago,” Audrey shares..
“I remember when we checked in on our wedding night,” she continues. “Jer and I flipped out because there was a typewriter in the entry way.”
You don’t need to take her word for it — here is Jeremy’s typewriter-fueled excitement face.
“The typewriter holds a special meaning in our love story,” Auj explains. “Jeremy sent me hand typed letters throughout our years of long distance, he asked me to be his wife on the typewriter.”
“And,” she continues. “Our typewriter has been on display in every home we’ve ever lived in.”
Audrey says that having one on display serves the purpose of “reminding and inspiring us to write a love story worth reading.”
“I called ahead of time and made a request for a special anniversary message to be displayed on the typewriter upon our arrival,” Auj reveals.
The photo of Jer’s smiling face is his response to seeing the poem that was typed out on the device. Cute!
“We had the most enchanting evening in Portland,” Auj says. “And I finally got to experience the Multnomah Whiskey Library.”
“Of course we ended the evening reading our anniversary letters,” Audrey continues. “The ones we wrote to each other on our anniversary last year.”
“It’s our favorite anniversary tradition,” she shares.
Naturally, Audrey plugs their marriage blog: “You can read about some of our other favorites in our most recent post on @beating50.”
The name, of course, refers to their desire to beat the odds that suggest that at least half of all couples get divorced.
“Jer and I celebrate our anniversary as if it’s a national holiday,” Auj gushes.
She says: “We are firm believers that love, of all things, should especially be celebrated.”
“So no matter how inconvienent,” she writes. “We are inentional about carve out time on September 20th to reminisce the past year, dream for the future, and recommit to the promises made on our wedding day.”
“And,” Auj continues. “As our favorite quote from our favorite book says… ‘If it’s half as good as the half we’ve known, here’s Hail! to the rest of the road.'”
“Happy anniversary Farmer,” Audrey says. “Let’s keep living”
As we mentioned, on their actual anniversary of September 20, Jeremy wrote a tribute to his wife and marriage but made an admission.
“These have been tough months recently,” Jer wrote. “But hard work always pays off.”
He gushed: “I love you and I love writing a love story with you.”
Whatever their recent trials, whether it’s finding out how to stay afloat without the show, dealing with family drama, Auj’s alleged feud with Jeremy’s brother, or hidden marital squabbles, things seem okay for them.
It’s great that they’re celebrating their anniversary like this — but we’re sure that they’re looking forward to being reunited with precious baby Ember.
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