First, that is Kim's rear end. She use to be very upset about it when she was in her early twenties and it and her breast were becoming fully developed. Nicki Minaj admits that her's is fake. Most people with a big butt have a curvature of the spine which makes it look even higher and bigger. A big butt is NOT racist, it's usually genetic. But now people of color and white women are getting implants. Second, this is the only article I've read that is calling the photo shoot for Paper racist. Nobody knows all the things you've written to prove it's racist. Third, there is so much real racism to talk about that affects so many in a dangerous way. Write about real issues that matter, and not about some absurd picture of Kim. You water down the real issues with this drivel!!
I don't understand how the association between the woman in the freak show and Kim Kardashian are definitely related. I see more physical similarities between Kardashian and a male member from the Bodi tribe, (located in Ethiopia's Omo Valley). Males from this tribe gorge on stomach churning cow's blood and milk for six months to increase their weight. At the end of the six months, the men show off their bloated stomachs in a competition, where the fattest is declared the winner and deemed a hero for life by the rest of the tribe. At that, I could say the photo suggests complimentary substance. I guess we'll never know until the artist solidifies the message.
I bet you majority of the people who don't find anything wrong with this are white
I don't understand why these people are famous? I DO remember when Bruce Jenner was an international icon. I'm surprised he got mixed up with this family.
Can anyone say retching? Those photos of KK make me want to vomit.
Wow. I only had to read the first comment for someone to say n****r. I think this person is serious guys! I think they're really like that! That is way more frightening than anything Kardashian related to me, and they scare the crap out of me!
I sure don't see this "cultural landscape
My back aches lookin at that big photoshopped thing.
I was hoping for a split beaver shot with a huge dildo inserted. But hey, that is me.
and this is why she's famous .....because you all care so much about her life.
Can you say "reaching"
I agree that this article is silly. This photo shoot that Kim Kardashian did not only perpetuates a racial stereotype, but also a sexist one. I understand that she's a mother and that really isn't where my problem lies. My problem lies in women objectifying to find themselves as objects within the media. Seriously, other than prancing around half-naked, what are celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and every other silly person in the mainstream doing to improve society and spread a positive message? What are they doing to really raise awareness and improve their global communities? There is a way that she (Kim Kardashian) can show that she is happy with her sensuality and femininity in a more thought-provoking and intelligent way. And by the way, this photographer sounds like a total douche.
Yes, the picture does reference the a racial theme, the colonial gaze, which Grace Jones allowed herself to be duped into in a derogatory way. But, I think Kim's picture turns it on its head. She is proud and her picture is a celebration Of the large butt, curves and Kim like Bey, NIcki and many other women, who now feel proud of their arses, say two fingers to the no butt women that once ruled them out. I love the pictures and the idea that a mother can't show her body, how naff. So Victorian. African nakedness was also othered. So Kim is two fingering those haters too. Am I the only one that sees this is a celebration of a new age, where Kim's nod to a Africancentric body form, which is funny, refreshing and most of all so what she is known for as a result of her tape with Ray Jay. As a very pro black woman, I am proud to say I like the pictures. They are shocking, because of the level of her openness, but lovely because she owns it!
This article and what the world is becoming a disgrace, who ever wrote this is the one that is being racist by bringing Saartjie Baartman into this, i couldnt rea give two s**ts about Kim K, but let her do wot she wants to do , thats her making money and someone who is proud of her body.
The world needs to understand times have changed, im sick of hearing about racisim and politically correctness, the world has become a p***y whipped version of itself with people like who ever wrote this article trying to highlight s**t that aint there and call it racist, those people are the ones taking us back to the times of slavery.
Kim would have only looked at this as money and exposure. Just leave it at that and stop making it into something its not
This article is ridiculous. I'm a liberal, lefty nyc bred and born minority and believe this sort of published perspective represents a fringe opinion with the guise of somethg legitimate. Really, it's an extreme stretch to correlate the photogs relationship to this shoot. The rest is just stupid. What a silly article.
This is really just an artist that has run out of ideas and decided to recreate his old work because he probably thought "Hey, It made me famous the first time. Let's try it again! Who cares if someone notices i posed her exactly like my ex, a black woman (his terminology), they will still be talking about it!" This mentality of "it made me money the first time, It'll work again" is getting old and killing off modernized art. It's sad. Be creative, people, and quit over-thinking the greed and stupidity that has become almost like a tar upon the modern world.
Race, while a big part of culture, should not directly influence our outlook on situations.
As a side note: While I do not approve of showing my own skin as Kim K. has done, kudos to her for being comfortable enough in her own skin to do so. I'm really not a fan but, hey, as long as you care for your children and try to be a semi-decent person i have no qualms with you.
Kim, get your ass doing something productive in life...and further more, anyone can look like your cover shoot, it's called "touch up"......worthless use of ink.
I mean she* is smart.
I think this "Kim" lady is beautiful and brave! Also I am smart! Haters gonna hate...
I personaly think that kim is the biggest idiot out there. Shes nasty in everyway, there's not one good thing about her. Shes a nasty slut who has slept w so many people and been married a 1000 times. I would feel like a horrible mother to my child cause I know that I would never want to have a mother like her. In time when her daughter is older I csn gurantee that her guy friends will end up finding the sexvideo she made and that will be when her daughter is gonna start realizing how nasty her mom really is. I mean really how embarrassing. I feel for her daughter and any other kid she decides to have. Her personality makes her ugly and nasty and to be honest I don't know what anyone sees in her
Its not about race. It's about sexuality . In Baartmans time she was looked at as a sexual figure, and as a result that picture was taken of her. Kim Kardashian is looked at NOTHING but a sexual figure in the Photographers eyes which is why he recruited her for this Photo Shoot. Of course Baartman was held against her will and forced to be a circus act..... Kim WILLINGLY degraded herself for this photo which is why the author says Jokes On Kim ! Anybody with common sense would see right through the race card. If it were about Race why not recruit another black woman?? Because its about erotic sexual exploitation.
Finally, someone else saw the hidden message behind these photos. I realized it the minute I saw the photos. Baartmann was the first woman that came to mind. She was treated like a freak and an animal because of her large bottom and her race...black woman. Now, I am black and have a large behind and narrow waist naturally. I can totally relate to this writer's message. I have always been mocked and the butt of jokes because of my large behind and trim waist. Like Baartmann, I have been harassed, stalked and treated like an object. When I first learned of Hottentot I could relate and feel her pain because of all the unwanted attention this body has brought me. Yes, I have been told one could set a drink on my ass. Having been born with a big ass is NOT a wonderful thing to me. On the other hand, selecting to get PMMA injected in your ass to gain attention, to become popular and to objectify yourself is an "ass of another color," and a marketing tool for those foolish women who are attention seekers. Having said this, this whole butt injection, big booty contests, bare my big booty, see I have the biggest most beautiful butt (fake) and let's not forget, big booty buttfie antics Kim continues to push off on people DOES have racial overtones and should be compared with Baartmann. In case you don't know, Baartmann was black, didn't get butt injections as a marketing tool and didn't seek attention. The unwanted attention she received was forced upon her in the form of racism. She didn't make millions nor was she told she was beautiful. She was treated like a freak even in death. So before you dare to disagree with this writer, look up the history of Barrtmann, look a the images, take a good look at how she was abused for having a REAL large butt, feel her pain, then take another look at Kim's pictures and you will see that she intentionally got butt injections to look like a "hottentot" aka black women with an unusually large butt and lie and say it's her natural butt so she can use it as a marketing/media strategy to gain attention because she is non black and has a "rare"abnormally large butt and tiny waisted (photoshopped and butt injected).
Look this isn't about Kim cuz it's obvious she doesn't have the thinking capacity to understand the damage she's doing in the variety. Just 4get all the intelligence u wanna display upon Kim's Rich & beneficial assets. It's a waste of wits ppl. Lmao smh. Look lets b 4giving unto those "who no not what they do". There is so much pressure among other demonic forces this chick is dealing with. Much more than the eyes can c. Yall focused on a pic, I c that chick... She's hurt. She's misused & I won't talk ill of her as much as I rather pray 4 her. Prayer ppl. Pray 4 her & lil North. Leave God/ The Creator 2 judge. Let's 4give her & pray 4 her. She's sum1 sis mother aunt & child. U no sum1 like her her name just isn't KimK. Post prayers for Kim it's easy 2 talk badly of her so do what's hard & post a prayer. #WeAllKnowAKimK
i am from holland. i read the article and came to this conclusion. WHO CARES!!!!!!
i dont take it as a racist thing if anything this is the way of the white women or any race woman embracing african roots.... enlarging their lips, hips, and buttocks more like she following in our history not mocking it...SHE EMBRACING THE LOOK OF THE AFRICAN WOMAN
Wow look at all the racist comments on here. Yikes
While I found your premises interesting, the convictions in your conclusions came off desperate and highlighted their flimsiness. You took worthwhile historical knowledge and used it to backhand Kim Kardashian rather than to focus on educating your audience within context. You're not commenting on the circus - you've made yourself a part of it.
Kim Kardashian's obliviousness to "Hottentot" history:racism and toward Black Americans until she gave birth is understandable, given her upbringing. Certainly not worse than Annie Lennox's ignorance of the background of "Strange Fruit." Especially, since her icon status implies that Lennox is educated, intelligent and schooled in art history and popular culture. HER publicists deserve retroactive raises!!!
You sourced urban dictionary.
@moi-meme: objectification??! Umm you DO realize thats what models DO right, they get paid for looking pretty in photos...? Duhr!
@Tom, pap: great posts! You both are exactly right. This article sucksss
I don't care about kim k by any means but what kind of sjw bs is this??? What a ridiculous article, so what he recreated an old spread with a model. Nothing to wring your hands and cry about. Those original photos are sexy as well, I think labelling them exploitative is really stretching it. If it was a white woman or a male, would you really be crying about it trying to create sensationalism? I highlyyy doubt it. Try a new topic, tia
well writer you got your 2 cents worth... stop splitting hairs and stfu. sometimes a cigar is just a cigar. regardless or how or what this brainless talentless puppet is milking millions coz of people like you not simply just ignoring her. keep feeding the monster.
Really. So every white girl who wants a black butt is now gonna be tied to race snatching? Kim remade a photo done by a black girl first. So who cares? Really ...your article will be forgotten just like the photos will when she does her next spread. I know all about the Venus stories. And if everyone knows it does it change anything?. Big butts are in and yes sisters had em first. And? Fashions change. If it was Nikki Minaj would you be so quick to point out Hottentot? As a person of color it just feel like a whiny article to stir up whiny people. Over something that only whiny black people will care about. Kim recreated an old almost famous black woman photo that a famous photog did who has a hard on for black booty. But...stop the presses! A white ethnic chick did it! The attention lasts a week and she does other stuff. You make a mountain out of a mole hill while young sisters wear fake hair and get butt injections also........priorities folks. And if your butt is as big as Hottentots right now see a doctor and a nutritionist.
who cares about what this bitch does
I think the difference is Kim kardashian likes being seen in an obvious sexual light. There is a HUGE difference between the correlation you are trying to draw up.
also the hair though, more pronounced in the original image, and recreated in the Kardashian photo.
see these links for that kind of hairstyle/headdress in racist imagery history:
Idk why ppl think she's the hottest shit out there man seriously she's nasty as shit her face looks like someone ran over it and then back up and hit again like and also when u have kids show some respect BC seriously would u want your fucking kids doing that shitlike common like fuck ppl these days man
In her eye's it's just art.She didn't even get paid,to do this,she just wanted to work,with this famous artists.At the end of the day,next week people will be talking about something else.
Nothing racist about this, just a girl who would do anything for a dollar. Seems more like prostitution. Sorry Kim, this is not art either. Dignity is an issue, but if you really need to put your assignment on a magazine for the world to see, then do it. Not everyone will like it. My husband would be furious. But that's my opinion.
Darrell, I almost completely agree with you. I am a white man, republican at that, but was raised as an equal opportunist. I don't see much of a racial implication as much as a well hidden story in history that could or could not have relevance here. As for letting things go, let it all go. Most people nowadays aren't racist ignorant people. Granted, most of them that are are in the south. I think we have come a long way and people shouldn't be judged as a whole race but on an individual.
Well first I am a black man. Second. My parent were born in the 50s, so I know and habe heard alot feom them. But most of all to me as black man kim k is fan as hell lol yes she is lol fake real shit dont matter she is beautiful and fine. But aside from that which is really nothing. But Kim k and a lot of ethinic backgrounds other tham black arent going to understand our history shot alot of blacks dont know there on history. Its a catch 22 because we want to move forward but we dont want to let our past go. We care it with us like a lil baby. But at the same time its so sensative it almost like we need to it hasnt been thay long ago thay we were slave and didnt habr human right so its understandable but hard because in some cases we need to let some go. But we need to educated ourselves and then educate the other that are welling to be educated. But we as so fast to jump dpwn ppls throats that dont understand and dont know. We are so fast to judge others knowing the things we have in our closets and the things we done that knowones about. That's what I dont understand about alot of bloggers and ppl that comment. Its like we put so much hate out into the universe like just because its over the Internet that we want be held accountable. We are and will. Kim k is a little uneducated about something as alot of us are. But let her do whats she does, try to educate her or them. Some ppl just dont know. But maybe I dont either.
Well first I am a black man. Second. My parent were born in the 50s, so I know and habe heard alot feom them. But most of all to me as black man kim k is fan as hell lol yes she is lol fake real shit dont matter she is beautiful and fine. But aside from that which is really nothing. But Kim k and a lot of ethinic backgrounds other tham black arent going to understand our history shot alot of blacks dont know there on history. Its a catch 22 because we want to move forward but we dont want to let our past go. We care is it with us like a lil baby. But at the same time its so sensative it almost like we need to it hasnt been thay long ago thay we were slave and didnt habr human right so its understandable but hard because in some cases we need to let some go. But we need to educated ourselves and then educate the other that are welling to be educated. But we as so fast to jump dpwn ppls throats that dont understand and dont know. We are so fast to judge others knowing the things we have in our closets and the things we done that knowones about. That's what I dont understand about alot of bloggers and ppl that comment. Its like we put so much hate out into the universe like just because its over the Internet that we want be held accountable. We are and will. Kim k is a little uneducated about something as alot of us are. But let her do whats she does, try to educate her or them. Some ppl just dont know. But maybe I dont either.
Im so tired if these media whores i dont know what to do, she paid for the butt she was not born with it so she still doesnt know natural beauty, she will never know what it is to be a black woman jjust because shes married to a black man, then khloe goes on instagram witha ppicture of her kim and kourtney saying the only kkk to ever let black men in these whores are going to far you are a tourist in theblack communnity so yall bitches need to know your place just because you are screwing a black man you will still never ever know what his deepest pains are, so yall need to go have several seats before you get just what your fake asses are asking for.
KIM KARDASHIANS BABY ISN'T BLACK???? WHAT THE F***. Yes she is mixed but shes still just as black as the ass her mother adopted and the black man she married .Let us not he confused by terminology. At present the usual statement of the one-drop rule is in terms of "black blood" or black ancestry, while not so long ago it referred to "Negro blood" or ancestry. Please pull it together ppl
thats not even her behind. it looks like they photo shopped the hell out of it to make it look ljke that kther girl. her waist is way to damn thin in those pic and im tired of hearing and seein that family
You all crazy leave them damn people along that's her ass
Wow there are some real racist ppl on here...wonder why we are so hypersensitive?
Ummmmm when did Kim become a Black American woman? Yes, I can see why some may feel the original photo by Artist may have been culturally offensive but the photo not racists, there is a difference.
Looks like Kim and her sister are so hard up for attention and money that they don't even bother to do research before they publically do anything. If she considers this a talent then I would hate to see what her gift is. They are too beautiful to do the things that they do. It's called Modesty ladies, can you handle that and make money with out being nasty! WOW! Further, what kind of man would let her wife expose herself in this manner, get it right, God is watching! I feel sorry for her daughter when she grows up! JUST MONEY HUNGRY AND NASTY!
females have been balancing things on their buttocks for years. History is repetition. Let's point out everything in our lives that will repeat it if thats the case.I appreciate the brief history lesson but let's not make everything about race because its people like you that exploit our history.
This article is so stupid.
This has no racial connotations whatsoever, you're just trying to turn everything into a race issue. And FYI, Kim's daughter is NOT black. She would have been black if she were born from TWO black parents not ONE- that means she's of mixed ethnicity. I think you, social-justice-worrior, should really learn what racism and equality mean.
I find it outrageous that the writer conflates the the idea that some relationships are abusive and that Grace Jones and Jean Paul Goude's relationship was. It is utterly disrespectful to victims of abuse in relationships to trivialise it to make a point about a completely separate thing (these photos now); it's disengenuous to build the entire argument based on that insinuation; it is offensive to Grace Jones, who has always seemed one of the most clued up models and absolutely would have been aware of the connotations of the shoots she was doing; and it's disrespectful to the two of them. I hope they sue. I hope the writer is never published again. That would be just.
ITS SOOOOO NOT RACIST!!!
Kim is not racist and would never be racist, she is married to a black man and has a black baby!
The pose is not racist, it cant be, Kim is not black!
If someone has a big ass, boobs, pregnant bump etc and chooses to use it as a shelf, it is not racist.
There is no link whatsoever to what someone did way back when in a circus- thats just reaching and trying to scandalise.
Anything anyone ever tries to do can always be compared to something else if you trawl back far enough!
Grace Jones in a cage growling....why wouldnt that be her choice?! Have you met her/seen her interviews?! It seems like exactly the sort of thing she would choose, she is a strong, fierce, empowered woman with a crazy ass temperament- youre making out she was forced bullied and victimised- i doubt she would thank you for that! Im also sure we will find images of white women in cages if we trawl back far enough....its not racist and its not abuse- its artistic people taking memorable striking images!
You can see racism or negatives in everything if you choose to, or you can see it for what it is..... i completely fail to see how anyone could be racially offended by kim showcasing her ass- she is always showcasing it, she loves it, she is actively celebrating her ass- so what?! If anything its the opposite of racist. And if shes never given race any thought before having her baby, its because she isnt racist, doesnt see skin colours, just sees people....again a good thing. Some of us arent continually obsessing about our own skin and everyone elses, some of us are just living our lives.
I come from Namibia and I know a lot about the history of Namibia, but I honestly never heard of Bartmann. So to me, it's just Kim doing her thing (as always). I don't think anyone from Namibia would see this as some racial issue or so. They'd probably all just say: " Damn girl, that ass is amazing!". That's what I think. So.. I wouldn't over exaggerate on this.
I saw this as more of a sexism/objectification issue in that her body (or just a part of it, even) is the impetus for her fame, rather than any other attribute or talent. Doesn't mean that she can't or shouldn't take advantage of this, but hopefully she realizes how the media--of which she is a part--affects treatment of women.
Smh hot mess....u are a mother what do you think your child is going tho think!
Sarah (Saartjie) Baartman is from Hankie in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Her mortal remains was only recently repatriated to South Africa, after it has been publicly displayed in a miseum in Paris for more than a century, thanks to the new democratic government of South Africa.
Kim needs to really look up some info on ppl before she agrees to a shoot. First it was her doing a shoot where she thought they were gonna cover her goodies with silver paint and sky scraper buildingswhich they didn't cover anything, and now this. At least know what kinda photographer you're working with at the very least. Shit could get dangerous if you don't do your research. I'm gonna give her the benefit of the doubt and let her plee ignorance but this is the last time girl. Smarten up.
Crissy C., aren't you a classy little thing? Does it make you feel important and powerful to demean others by throwing out the N word? Before you troll around the internet calling others "dumb", you may want to go back for that GED. Check yourself! "deapth" = depth, I believe you were going for whether rather than "weather", "kortenys" = Kourtney's. To correct all of the grammatical errors would require the whole post to be rewritten. Dumb? Interesting. Calling someone the N word doesn't reflect on their character, it shows your lack of character. If you can't show respect for others, at least find some self respect.
I think the author of this article is hypersensitive...but aren't all black folks!?
Hello.... Just because Kim has a mixed baby and is engaged to a black man does make her Black lmao!
The reason racism doesn't go away is because of all you liberal fuckers always make it an issue. Kim gets naked and skin color comes out of this? WTF! If we are all the same Kim isn't any color and neither is Kanye, we are all the same.
This would make sense except Kim Kardashian is Caucasian, while the racism you are referring to is guided at African Americans.
Unfortunately, Kim K is most likely oblivious to any racial connotations her photo shoot may encompass. Sad for her that being married to a black man won't help her in that respect either. Hopefully the backlash being exhibited will give her a clue into how some people see what she's doing. Someone mentioned money being able to protect her child from racism?? Wow... That person cannot be black in America. Having black skin in this country is something that no amount of money can hide.The president of the United States not be the most wealthy, but he is the most powerful for all intents and purposes. Even though he pulled this country out of a certain tailspin, had Bin Laden taken out and was voted to a second term, because of his black skin, he will never be respected by racist America. Kim K needs to fill her head with as much knowledge as she has junk in her trunk!! Just another attribute of a beautiful black woman that other woman want and try to emulate. But they would never trade their life for ours...
Did you people forget she is a famous porn star. She got famous letting Brandy's Baby Brother fuck her in her ass on video. Jesus people shut up already with your fake outrage. Thats right the 75 Million Kardashian fortune was built on Ray-J's Dick. Sex sells and the Kardashians sell better then other women.
The racial divide is generally only opposed by those who are getting the short end of the stick, so anyone who can't see the issue with this image or with the American political and judicial system probably hasn't felt the wrath of hatred. To put one of the most famous women in the U.S. in a pose identical to a black woman who was publicly treated as a product in a freak show is to minimize the origin of sexual exploitation while devaluing women of African descent who have been historically mistreated and then blamed for the generational effects. In Kim's defense, she may be so truly sheltered that she did not know the origin of the pose or the history behind it - I blame the photographer for attempting to capitalize on the sensitive nature of this piece. That is not an honorable artistic endeavor - it was self-seeking, disrespectful, and blatantly unspiritual. Sexuality can be captured in many other appropriate ways, but he played Kim with this one. However, at the end of the day, if you have so little self-respect that you feel the need to undress for the world in order to keep the spotlight on you then I think someone needs to do some soul searching. Attorney Kardashian, her father who passed away, would be ashamed of this. Not only was he of Armenian descent, a culture that doesn't look kindly upon sexual indiscretion by their women, but he was also an attorney, despite his representation of clients that many disliked, his professional aspirations alone would mandate that his beautiful daughters act with some dignity and class, if not for their culture then at least for the sake of respect of their father's values. All of this is said to say that this is only another of innumerable examples of what is wrong with America. Should she put her clothes back on? YES!! All of the little girls, teenagers & young women are watching and mimicking you and whether you like it or not, you are responsible for what you tell them ito do by way of your images. May I suggest a little more class, dignity, and self-respect? And this is all written from a place of love. Peace.
I don't understand why things can't be what they are. Why does everyone have to find a problem with everything & think there is some underlying reason. That solves nor helps anything.
I am SO tired of everything being made into some type of a racial issue. She took some pics... She has a ass. So what. These pics have nothing to do with race. And it's her body and if she is OK with what she is showing, more power to her. I am not personally a fan of Kim K. But I give her props for having the guts to show her body.
Funny article, and seems to draw racist comments.
Darned spell check lol 'sided' should read ' the subject' and 'leading' should read 'leaving'
Kim's Beautiful daughter will be insulated from most ignorant People by her parent's wealth, she already is lovely so her looks won't be an issue. Hopefully by the time she grows up people won't be leaning racial and sexist comments on the internet. As for the racial Part? Had Serena Williams been the sided I would have been more inclined to suspect it, but with him? Nah.
Kim K is starting to prove she is the true meaning of a dumb nigger... And a hoe when her daughter is ridiculed later in life for being just like her mom. She will see the true deapth of her actions... Because weather Kim knows it or not her child will be treated differently than kortenys daughter and that hurt will cut her deeper than any man leaving her or pimping her out to look like a fool on a cover of a magazine...