Kim Kardashian Comes Under Fire For Calling People Who Didn’t Recognize Her Costume The R-Word

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Kim Kardashian is in hot water after making an offensive comment in a video she recently posted on Instagram.

According to BuzzFeed, Kim and her best friend, Jonathan Cheban, dressed up as Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee for Halloween last week. The friends attended the Halloween party of Kim’s sister Kendall Jenner on Wednesday night, and apparently not many people realized who they were.

TMZ reported that Kim shared a since-deleted video on her Instagram story that night, knocking the other party guests for not recognizing the costume and half-jokingly venting her frustration.

“Guys, we are Pam Anderson and Tommy Lee,” Kim said. “Nobody knows who we are here! You guys are all too f*cking young. This is so sad.” She went on to remark, “Nobody knows who I am. Yeah! R******.”

As most know by now, the r-word is widely considered an ableist slur. People can’t believe that Kim used a word that’s so harmful to the special needs community, and many fans are incredibly disappointed in her.

“SO. NOT. COOL!” one wrote. “When you have millions of people’s attention, why not promote inclusivity instead of feeding the hate-exclusivity machine? The ‘R word’ is unacceptable!”

“Kim Kardashian called people who didn’t understand her halloween costume the r word??? It’s f*cking 2018,”  another tweeted. “People are so insensitive and think because they have a higher social status that they don’t have to be educated on the rights and wrongs of society?? It’s so disgusting,”

The backlash was big enough that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star herself eventually caught wind of it. Kim issued a statement to TMZ apologizing for using the offensive term:

“I want to apologize for what I said in a recent video post that is inappropriate and insensitive to the special needs community. I try to learn from my mistakes and this is one of those times. Please know that my intention is always pure, and in this case, it was a mistake. I’m sorry.”

In July, Kim’s sister Khloé found herself in the same situation after also using the word during an Instagram Live video. She apologized in a similar manner after being called out on it: “Ugh I hate that word! Why did I even say that? You are a million percent right and I actually greatly dislike when people use that word! I will do better! I am sorry! 😞 Much love today.”

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