Reality star Kim Kardashian got a lesson in international relations on Saturday that she may want to forget.
Kardashian opened a new branch of her “Millions of Milkshakes” restaurant in the kingdom of Bahrain. Why Bahrain you may ask? I don’t have the foggiest. I don’t even profess to understand her.
Immediately upon landing, she rweeted to her followers, “I just got to Bahrain! OMG can I move here please? Prettiest place on earth!” Then came the tear gas.
Kardashian was greeted on the airport tarmac by a contingent of about 50 demonstrators, protesting both her presence and her stores due to her “bad reputation” at having attained notoriety for appearing in a sex video.
ABC News White House correspondent Jack Tapper tweeted that “In Bahrain, AP reports that riot police fired tear gas to disperse 50+ hardline Islamic protesters denouncing @KimKardashian’s presence.”
BuzzFeed reporter Andrew Kaczynski zeroed in on Kardashian’s statement, “ OMG can I move here please?” His tweet read, “Please do! RT @KimKardashian: I just got to Bahrain! OMG can I move here please? Prettiest place on earth!”
British Journalist Sophie Warnes was a bit more specific. She tweeted, “Kardashian should be actively encouraged to move to Bahrain. I hear the tear gassing is pretty rad over there.”
Just prior to leaving the Middle East, Kardashian tweeted, “Just launched Millions of Milkshakes in Bahrain had the best time ever. Bahrain is my next holiday destination see you in 2013.”
Twitchy.com noted that some time later, she deleted both this tweet and the one proclaiming Bahrain as “the prettiest place on Earth.” Tear gas can do that to you.
This isn’t Kardashian’s first foray into the realm of Middle East relations. She and her sister Kourtney had just launched a clothing store in Israel the week before this incident. They called it the Kardashian Kollection (aren’t all those “Ks” just too cute for words?).
Shortly afterwards, the sisters received hate mail and death threats from anti-Zionists. Unbelievably, this is a redux of an incident that happened the week before that.
Sister Kim, innocently enough, expressed her support for Israel during the Hamas rocket attacks. After the hate mail and death threats poured in that time, she apologized for having prayed for Israel.
Perhaps international relations isn’t the Kardashians’ forte’. They should stick to — well, whatever the hell it is that they do.
Listen to me carefully, Kim. I’m by no means a fan but I want to help. Close your eyes, click your heels three times and repeat, “There’s no place like home; there’s no place …”
Hat tip to Twitchy.com.