PARIS — Designers and celebrities took to social media today to express their sympathy for Kim Kardashian after she was robbed at gunpoint of millions of dollars worth of jewelry. The robbery took place at her apartment here by gunmen dressed as Paris police officers.
“I sent a message because it must be horrible for her,” said Karl Lagerfeld, also warning that the heist does not bode well for the French capital’s safety reputation following the terrorist attack late last year. “A very bad thing for Paris.”
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Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, condemned the assault on Kardashian and expressed her support for the reality TV star, saying she will “always be welcome in Paris.”
Although badly shaken, Kardashian hasn’t reported any injuries. The police are on the hunt for the criminals and husband Kanye West ended his performance in New York Sunday night to support his family.
Model Chrissy Teigen, while condemning the criminal act, went against all the trolls and haters who have been flooding social media with ironic posts making fun of Kardashian: “Fame is interesting. Celebs are supposed to love you guys while also knowing you’d make a meme of our dead bodies to get retweets,” she tweeted. Then added: “Please do not think that I think celebrities are special snowflakes. I just miss empathy, in general, for everyone.”
Fame is interesting. Celebs are supposed to love you guys while also knowing you’d make a meme of our dead bodies to get retweets
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) October 3, 2016
American television host Wendy Williams had just one word: “Scary.”
Makeup artist Georgia Cutts tweeted: “Even if you’re not a Kim Kardashian fan, there is nothing remotely funny about a woman of two children being tied and held at gunpoint.”
Social media personality and singer Simonna, wrote: “What has happened to Kim Kardashian in #Paris is terrifying! What the hell is going on with our society?!”
Perez Hilton tweeted: “Truly terrifying!! This is traumatizing!!”
Actor Aidan Alexander wrote: “Stop making jokes about Kim Kardashian being held at gun point pls. Get over your dislike for her and acknowledge how scary that would be,” then shortly after he engaged in an exchange with a follower who was making fun of the situation and being offensive; Alexander replied to him “@LordDixick Stfu p—y because I’m sympathizing for someone who just bound, gagged and robbed? Get out of here you’re vile.” Then he finally added: “Idc if someone u know has had it worse…I’m not asking you to wire Kim Kardashian money I’m asking you to be a decent person.”
James Corden was among those who rejected the hateful comments that are pervading social media after the news spread out: “People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother, a daughter, a wife, a friend. Be nice or shut up.”
People making jokes about @KimKardashian tonight would do well to remember that she’s a mother,a daughter,a wife,a friend.Be nice or shut up
— James Corden (@JKCorden) October 3, 2016
Steve Harvey on the other hand, who’s also in town for Paris Fashion Week, commented with a laconic, “Wow, this is crazy. Hope everyone’s OK.”
Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted: “Relieved @KimKardashian was unharmed. Public people deserve private, safe lives. A horrific moment 4 her family. Twitterverse silence thee.” Charlie Puth followed suit: “I feel so bad for @KimKardashian. I’m so sorry this happened to you.”
British singer Leona Lewis shared her sympathy for Kardashian, writing: “Years later I’m still personally dealing with trauma after being attacked. We should be sending love to @KimKardashian it’s an awful ordeal.” While American comedian Seth MacFarlane commented in a caustic way: “I wonder how long before Trump accuses Hillary of robbing Kim Kardashian.”
Finally, singer Azealia Banks took to Facebook to express her feelings, saying she felt horrible about what happened to the reality star: “That is soooooo scary and unfair. Absolutely no one deserves that. My only question is where the f–k was her security guard and why did he let anyone in her room?” She then added: “It’s sooooooo p—y of those men to rob a woman. This type of stuff makes me super angry. I don’t like nor do I find humor in men abusing women, in any capacity. Sidebar, her style these days is slaying. Good on her…”
The robbery is the latest trauma to hit the Kardashian-Jenner clan during their European trip for fashion weeks. In Milan, Gigi Hadid was accosted walking out of the MaxMara show by prankster Vitalii Sediuk, who picked her up from behind only to receive an elbow in the face. Hadid took to her social media to defend her action, which received widespread support.
Last week, Kardashian also was set upon by Sediuk when she walked out of the offices of Balmain in Paris, only to be pinned to the ground by her bodyguards.