Kim Kardashian West has had an extremely wild birthday week. She flew out what looked like dozens of people to a “private island” for an experience that was definitely coordinated and serviced by people on that island. All the guests supposedly quarantined and tested themselves repeatedly for COVID-19 before the event, which she also claimed was a surprise. Naturally, lots of people had questions about why Kim would do this and, more to the point, why she would brag about it in the middle of a pandemic when people are miserable and unemployment is skyrocketing.
None of those questions were answered—instead, she gave us yet more stuff to wonder about. Kim posted a video of a birthday hologram on Thursday which was commissioned by her husband, Kanye West. The hologram is of her late father Robert Kardashian, famously a member of O.J. Simpson’s legal defense team. In the video, he appears again to wish his daughter a happy birthday.
“For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime,” Kim captioned it. “A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion.”
For my birthday, Kanye got me the most thoughtful gift of a lifetime. A special surprise from heaven. A hologram of my dad. ✨🤍 It is so lifelike! We watched it over and over, filled with emotion. pic.twitter.com/jD6pHo17KC
— Kim Kardashian (@KimKardashian) October 29, 2020
“Happy birthday Kimberly. Look at you, you’re 40 and all grown up,” the hologram says. “You look beautiful just like when you were a little girl. I watch over you and your sisters and brothers and the kids every day.”
He adds, “The most beautiful thing that I have witnessed is watching you grow your family…You are the most, most, most, most amazing mother to your four beautiful children, and they are perfect. Keep doing what you’re doing, Kimberley. You are a beautiful soul. Know that I am very proud of you and I’m always with you. I have built a firewall around our family.”
But the thread of loving encouragement that a father might reasonably say got lost when the hologram also stated, “You married the most, most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world, Kanye West.”
"You married the most, most, most, most, most genius man in the whole world – Kanye West." https://t.co/4nuzBMPqnH
— Richard Chambers (@newschambers) October 30, 2020
So, Kanye had his father-in-law state he was the most-most-most-genius man in the world, huh? A very stable genius thing to do, for sure.
While some people were moved by the idea of being able to see a loved one who has passed again, most people were not having it:
Unbelievable. When I tried to cheer up my friend Frank by popping on some of his late wife’s clothes and singing islands in the stream people said it was out of order and ruined the funeral. One rule for them another for the rest of us. https://t.co/bx8EIAU6rs
— Bob Servant (@bobservant) October 30, 2020
Good for her but again… did we need to know this? Especially the year many of us have lost loved ones we couldn't even get to say goodbye to? https://t.co/51VjtWtGWd
— NUBIAN ✨ (@edenofnubian) October 30, 2020
If my daughter grew up to be 40, had the influence to help our country in a crisis due to a criminal cruel President who she & her twisted husband cozy up to, I would be so disappointed & wonder how I raised such malignantly self centered, disconnected person https://t.co/cp9fa2k1wg
— Nancy Lee Grahn (@NancyLeeGrahn) October 30, 2020
this is the creepiest shit I have ever seen holy fuck. rich people are sociopaths who need to have their wealth expropriated from them for their own good if nothing else https://t.co/i7Aic0KfpG
— ☀️👀 (@zei_squirrel) October 30, 2020
I see Kim has upped the relatability since the private island tweet. https://t.co/kV9A87LNY0
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) October 30, 2020
It’s nice that Kim felt the message and its method of delivery were meaningful for her. On her private island.