They say the pen is mightier than the sword, which is why it’s so important to choose your words carefully. Especially in the world of celebrity, where everything you do and say is judged by millions.
One Kardashian sister was reminded of this recently, when she used a word that (in our opinion) should really just disappear forever.
Khloe Kardashian was setting up a live Instagram feed last week and when she couldn’t get the thing started properly, she repeatedly used the “r word” to express her frustration. Specifically, she called her sister Kourtney a “f**king r****d” in the since-deleted video.
Right away people began calling Khloe out for her faux pas, reminding her that the word isn’t really socially acceptable anymore (was it ever?) thanks to the negative connotations that come with it.
I was watching your livestream on Instagram until you said the “r” word. You should pay more attention to your word choices especially since you have a huge following&don’t know who you could be offending. If True had a disability you would use a different word. @khloekardashian
— amanda (@Amandaa7922) July 20, 2018
I love you @khloekardashian but I have four children and two are disabled due to premature birth so please try to use a different word instead of the “r” ❤💕
— Miranda Allen (@Miranda63094) July 20, 2018
people use this word so loosely n it makes me so sad. having a younger brother w disabilities i can relate….
— deadbitch 🥀🔪 (@addixtedxo3_) July 20, 2018
To her credit, Khloe responded right away and promised that she would “do better,” while also removing the post.
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
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) July 20, 2018
Some fans were for it, showing their support for Khloe on the ever-evolving thread.
That is how you apologize. Own your mistake, no excuses, apologize, and do better. 💯
— Mackenzie Ruocco (@KenzieRuocco) July 20, 2018
I love how you own up and apologize! You are my favorites Kardashian and this is a prime example as to why! Blessings to you and baby True!
— brittany gray (@brittanygray13) July 20, 2018
I’m so glad that this is a real apology and not one of those celebrity “I’m sorry you were offended” press releasing
— ι z z у (@IsobelGrieve) July 20, 2018
Others weren’t quite so impressed, saying it was all for publicity or that using the word in the first place is simply unforgivable.
Its media driven, damage control. She said what she thinks. Like tristan is sorry, if u believe this i got a brudge for sale
— Rick (@rjnigro1122) July 21, 2018
The fact that you repeated this word in the same exchange shows your utter lack of empathy for those with disabilities. Sickening.
— Pam Lezark (@PLezark) July 22, 2018
Hopefully this really was just a bit of a brain lapse, because at this point we all probably should know better, shouldn’t we? Yes, as we become more aware of how certain slang words affect other people our evolving vocabulary can take some getting used to; it’s a process. But at the same time, the “r-word” has been recognized as a bad and insensitive word for a quite some time now and there’s really no excuse to use it.
We think Khloe got that message loud and clear, don’t you?