With apparent newfound respect for free speech, reality TV star Kim Kardashian has admitted that she has second thoughts about asking husband Kanye West, when they were still together, to take off his red MAGA hat when he was set to perform on the liberal messaging platform known as NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”
“Why can’t he wear that on TV? Half of the country voted for [Trump], so clearly other people like him,” she asserted.
“If you want to wear the hat, wear the hat.”
In a podcast conversation with and published by ex-New York Times op-ed writer and editor Bari Weiss on the latter’s Substack page, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star claimed that the situation turned out to be a learning experience, while also noting she is not a political person.
Weiss teed up the topic by recalling that “One of the biggest explosions of online outrage that I can remember was in 2018, when Kanye performed on SNL and he wore the red MAGA hat. What lesson, if any, did you learn from that?”
“I was very nervous. I didn’t want [Kanye] to wear the red hat. I’m not really a rule breaker, so my personality would be like, ‘OK, you guys don’t like the red hat? I’ll take it off.’ I remember other people were around and it became a thing where he wasn’t going to go on because he wanted to be who he is. I’m very neutral, but that night I was very forceful with him, and argued with him like, ‘You have to take that hat off,’ she told cancel-culture foe Weiss.
Parenthetically, Kardashian herself hosted SNL in October.
“And now looking back, I think, why should he take that off if that’s what he believes in? Why can’t he wear that on TV? Half of the country voted for him, so clearly other people like him.
“I learned a lot from that situation. No matter what, it taught me to be a little bit more empathetic for people that just want to do what they want to do: freedom of speech! And if you want to wear the hat, wear the hat,” Kardashian, 41, continued.
“I respect the fact that he knew exactly what he believed in and always stood by that. To me, that’s a good quality to have, no matter who is against you and no matter what the circumstances are,” she added. “I think that it’s just admirable and it’s just a really cool quality. Even if it’s not what I agree with, or even if I would have done it differently, I think it’s commendable.”
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In the context of lobbying Donald Trump on criminal justice-related reforms when he was still in office, Kardashian asserted that she didn’t care about criticism that the left, which dominates the entertainment space, leveled at her for working with POTUS 45, who himself was a former reality star. She added that she would work with any president on her public policy initiatives.
In a separate part of the conversation that related to allegations of cultural appropriation, Kardashian opined, “That’s why I think cancel culture is the most ridiculous thing, because I really do believe—and you and I have been at several dinners together where people are discussing their thoughts on it—in rehabilitation and freedom of speech. I’ve never really been into cancel culture.”
The celebrity famously met with Trump in the White House Oval Office as a proponent for the release of Alice Marie Johnson, among others, who was serving a life sentence for drug trafficking-related offenses, a term of imprisonment that many believed was unjust and disproportionate. Trump subsequently commuted the sentence and later pardoned Johnson, who was one of the featured speakers at the Republican National Convention in August 2020.
Kanye West obviously interacted with Trump on several occasions.
On the fourth try, the socialite and businesswoman who is famous for being famous recently passed California’s “baby bar” exam for would-be attorneys.
California is one of just a few states that still allows someone to pursue a career in law on the basis of an apprenticeship in a law firm rather than sitting through three often boring years of law school (four, if a student goes at night on a part-time basis) during the which the curriculum can often be theoretical rather than practical. This old-timey process is known as “reading the law.”
To continue on a legal career path in California under those circumstances, however, although subject to certain exceptions, it is necessary to pass the baby bar, a.k.a. the First Year Law Students’ Examination, which is a warmup for the official bar exam at the end, which is a rigorous test involving both multiple-choice and essay questions.
Kardashian is following in the footsteps of her late father, Robert Kardashian, who was a member of O.J. Simpson’s legal defense team back in the day.
“I believe in the rights that the Democrats want, but I believe in the taxes that the Republicans want. I’m a mix of both,” Kim Kardashian told Weiss as part of a lightning round of questions at the end of the long interview.
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