In today’s episode of white rich privilege, we have reality star and model Kendall Jenner crying over a multi million dollar commercial deal gone wrong. * Cues violins*
It didn't take long until we had another Kardashian/Jenner girl crying about yet another act of her privilege gone wrong. If you weren't living under a rock earlier this year you might recall the controversial Pepsi commercial, starring Kendall Jenner. The commercial shows a chaotic protest with people of all different backgrounds on one end vs. armed policemen at the other end. Despite the chaotic atmosphere, Jenner politely maneuvers her way thru the crowd, hands over a Pepsi to the officer and all is well in the world again.
That's it! No arguing, no arrest, no forcibly tackling her to the ground. The officer simply accepts the Pepsi given to him, has himself a sip of the cool refreshment and boom , world peace !
Well, seems Jenner was less than satisfied about the outcome and backlash after the commercial aired; so much so that in true Kardashian/Jenner fashion she shared her tearful apology on the 10th season premiere of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Jenner went on to share her disappointment and explain how dumb she felt for agreeing with the ad in the first place. With high hopes to follow in the footsteps of many icons who’ve aired in Pepsi ads, such as Michael Jackson, Beyonce and Pink , Jenner's experience was nothing like she imagined.
Now if this doesn't scream white privilege , I don't know what will. Are you serious ?!?!
I understand it's "just a commercial" and the protest "wasn't real" but this is the most tasteless and inappropriate thing I've seen since that man was elected President.
Let me get this straight... what made anyone think that a commercial like this would ever be appropriate, ESPECIALLY with all that's going on in this country with police brutality. The constant murders, constant protests, and thousands of innocent people dead by the hands of the police, all trivialized for the entertainment and benefit of a cold refreshing drink ? Pitiful !
So forgive me, but I do not feel the least bit sorry for Kendall Jenner !
As much as it hurts to say, because she is actually my favorite Kardashian/Jenner ( don’t judge me). Kendall you’ll just have to take the L on this one because I can’t seem to make sense out of your apology.
As she sat explaining the situation during her tearful apology, I couldn’t help but think is this a joke ? You mean to tell me you committed to a commercial, read the script, took part in the video production, had your entire team as well as the Pepsi team review the terms and now suddenly you realize this might not have been the best idea ?
Careful Kendall, your privilege is showing.
Now by no means am I trying to bash her, and let's not ignore Pepsi's involvement in this project either; after all, they came up with the idea in the first place, (which is a whole nother disappointment in itself) but Jenner should simply know better. Period ! If not solely because she’s a good human being, aware of all the chaos going on in this world, but let’s not forget she’s spent her entire life as a Kardashian/Jenner brand with a momager named Kris Jenner. Kris and her girls may be a lot of things, but dumb is not one of them. I mean after all, they built a multimillion dollar empire from a "home movie" , but I digress.
With that said Kendall alongside her team should've known better, as simple as that, therefore your ignorance will not be ignored by a few tears fabricated for ratings.
What upset me the most is as much as these women appropriate black culture, sleep with black men, and reproduce black babies the LEAST you could do is respect black people.
It's no secret that innocent black men and women are brutally dying at the hands of the police now more than ever before, and to make light of this situation for a check from Pepsi is shameful. Police brutality and injustice is REAL, and is something not to be made fun of or mocked. (But of course the priviledge don’t always realize that.)
This was an opportunity for a woman with such a powerful platform to utilize that platform for good. This was the perfect opportunity to speak on our behalf from a side that would actually be heard, and not silenced, and what did you do? This commercial should of been a peaceful act of protest to show your solidarity with our people but instead we got just another sad case of white privilege.
To make matters worse your solution was to cry on national television and apologize instead of actually going out and doing something for our community ? Join a protest ? Start a non profit ? Buy some Fenty Beauty ?
It's one thing to make a wrong decision but to not make the appropriate changes to show that your regret is genuine is a whole nother story.
Look Kendall, we've all made mistakes, maybe not as selfish and thoughtless as this one, nevertheless we've made them. So on behalf of the black community we forgive you. You and your Pepsi still not invited to the cookout though.