Kylie Jenner Feels Bullied By ‘the Whole World,’ and She Kind of Is
Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan, posted a Snapchat story to her millions of followers last night (June 18), letting them know that her insanely privileged, lavish lifestyle comes with its own set of misery — something we common folk can relate to.
According to US Weekly, Kylie said, "It's kind of crazy, I have four million people watch my Snapchats. Half of you guys think I'm weird, and the other half think I'm funny. But I've been bullied since I've been nine. From the whole world it feels like sometimes, and I think that I've done a really great job in handling all this."
Coming from someone whose options in life are seemingly limitless, an understandable reaction to this dramatic teenage drivel is to roll your eyes so far back into your head you see brain tissue. But the truth is, the Internet has been mostly unkind about Kylie's appearance, even when she was a young child, and no matter how famous or well-off you are that'll probably stick with you.
The part of the world that's openly involved in Kardashian consumption has always been harsh on Kylie's looks -- yes, she's a teenage girl and with that comes its own set of insecurities separate from outside commentary. But the world does, indeed, find itself entitled to comment on her appearance, launching Twitter campaigns against her face and body, as though the entirety of her self-worth lies in whether or not she can land a modeling contract.
Is this line of thinking encouraged by her family? Probably. But the vicious way the public responds to — yet continues to be fascinated by — the Kardashians is worth examining, and so is what that might say about society at large. Because they're known for being beautiful, the Kardashians must always be beautiful. Yet we think their vanity is something we shouldn't encourage (despite allowing them to build an empire on it) so we beat them down and call them vacuous and worthless. Then we continue to tune in every Sunday, and watch their reruns, and follow them on social media. And while the family is certainly not perfect, there's things about them that are more worthy of criticism than the plastic surgery they may or may not be getting.
Few will admit to actually watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians or following their lives at all. Yet the family remains the most profitable one on E!, their show is currently in its tenth season and everyone, everywhere, knows something about them. It was huge news when Kylie finally admitted to getting lip injections. We care more about this than we do about her current relationship with a 25-year-old man, someone who's known her since she was an actual child. She's still a child. It's weird.
Does Kylie suffer the same type of bullying as your average teenager in your average suburban high school? No, not really. Should she suck it up, fall into her Tempur-Pedic mattress at night and drape herself in a quilt of $50 bills hand-stitched together by her brother, Rob, when he has down time from filling sock orders and looking sad? Maybe. Probably. But it isn't too much of a stretch to understand that she does feel bullied by "the world." Even if that's a little over the top, dramatic is what teenagers do best, so maybe we should let her live.
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