One of the most infuriating things that happened after Kim Kardashian was robbed last October in her Paris hotel suite was the victim-blaming. More than a few people thought Kim “deserved” to get robbed because she documents her life so publicly on social media. Their logic? Kim posts everything on Instagram and Snapchat, so naturally thieves found their way to her hotel room and robbed her. She had it coming.
Of course, this is grossly incorrect. A victim should never be blamed in situations like this, no matter how public or private they are. Kim feverishly updating her Snapchat doesn’t give strangers the right to track her down, violate her privacy, and harm her. Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home—even if they have millions of Instagram followers.
And on the Today show recently, Natalie Morales addressed this line of thinking head-on with a question she asked Khloé Kardashian. Khloé was on Today to promote her new E! show, Revenge Body, but the interview morphed into a discussion about Kim’s robbery, because of course it did.
Morales started by asking Khloé how the robbery affected the Kardashian family right before the holidays, and Khloé seemed relaxed and ready to chat about it. “It’s traumatizing and terrifying,” Khloé said. “But that’s when you get down on your knees and you pray and you thank the Lord that nothing worse happened.”
However, things took a slight turn after that when Morales asked Khloé if the robbery was a “wake-up call” for the Kardashians about the “consequences” of “living so publicly” and “social.” Khloé was quick to defend her sister (and family’s) honor. “No, I don’t believe that because people show their lives more, that they deserve, or should have consequences like getting robbed,” she said.
Watch this all go down in the video, below:
Look at Khloé’s face right before answering that question. She was not pleased!
To be fair, Morales did ask this question with empathy and sincerity. She’s a great reporter! I don’t believe she was trolling Khloé or intentionally trying to insult the Kardashians. However, this is a reminder that asking if an incident could have been avoided had the victim done XYZ is victim-blaming—no matter how softly the question is posed.