read the room
In these polarized times, a week before a bitterly fought presidential election (that her husband may or may not be competing in), Kim Kardashian West unified the country by tweeting about how she celebrated her 40th birthday. Kardashian West, "feeling so humbled and blessed" to be alive, decided she "couldn't think of a better way to spend" her birthday "than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today," she tweeted. And they spent it on a private island, pretending "things were normal just for a brief moment" in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The replies to Kardashian West's party recap included lots of suggestions she is wildly out of touch and might want to learn to "read the room," calls for wealth redistribution, and several reminders of what her sister, Khloe, said when she cried over lost earrings.
But mostly, people had some fun at her expense, with island-based and other favorite pop culture references.
Kardashian West wasn't totally oblivious to how her birthday celebration might come across. "We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach, and so much more," she tweeted. "I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is."