Kim Kardashian has millions of followers. She has built an empire based on no known talent or skill. Her ace in the hole is her ability to get herself noticed and talked about, often posing in the nude or nearly nude. She is the reigning queen of social media and has a fortune to show for it.
On Sunday night, Kardashian was held up at gunpoint, tied, gagged and robbed. Reports say she pleaded for her life and was certain they would kill her. She has been subjected to the very horror that most people fear above all else, the very reason that so many people strive to remain low key.
A recent sound bite features Kardashian purring that she loves to share all of the details of her life with her fans, and that she does, down-to-the-minute details.
Can we now draw the conclusion that Kardashian’s harrowing experience was caused by her business model? The fact that she was constantly posting provocative personal content, that she kept her fans up to date on her whereabouts and that she often bragged about her over-the-top bling was, in essence, an open invitation for robbery?
But we’re Americans. We are a free people. Shouldn’t we be able to post anything we want without fear of recrimination?
Yes, in a perfect world, a Kim Kardashian—albeit shy on any discernible talent—should be able to post anything she wants about herself to anyone who is willing to check out her posts. And she should not have to worry about the level of information she puts out there. But ours is not a perfect world. People who go to funerals come home to ransacked houses and celebrities of all kinds are plagued with stalkers.
Is there a lesson learned here? Should there be? Coming from the Northeast, I learned cautious paranoia at an early age. I would never consider posting photos of jewelry (not that I have any) or details of where I am and when—we just knew that was asking for trouble. But there’s a part of me that yearns for the kind of freedom Kim Kardashian used to have.
Those robbers should be caught and prosecuted to the fullest so the poor woman can feel safe again. But will she? Is freedom the same when you must constantly be surrounded by paid bodyguards?