Kim Kardashian usually makes headlines when she posts inappropriate photos online or a new episode of her family’s reality TV show is set to air. This time around, the mother-of-three is making headlines for a completely different reason.
Many know that Kardashian stays pretty well read and up-to-date no politics and current events–despite being a social media and reality TV starlet. She has been outspoken about gun control, the importance of voting, and women’s rights. Recently, she has taken on a new stance on prison reform after hearing about stories of inmates who were wrongfully sentenced to life without parole. It started with Alice Marie Johnson, who spent 21 years in prison for a first time drug offense.
After meeting with Donald Trump, he petitioned to release Johnson. Now, Kardashian is back at the White House to help free another inmate, Chris Young.
According to reports, Young was charged and convicted of a nonviolent drug offense for possession of cocaine and weed. Due to his prior convictions, he received a life sentence. However, Kardashian believes that a nonviolent drug charge does not deserve a life sentence, and is fighting to get Young released. He has so far been in jail for 10 years.
Kardashian appeared on the Wrongful Conviction podcast, which aired on Wednesday, and discussed her decision to stand by Young–and countless others.
Check out the interview I did with @itsjasonflom and follow him to learn more about our fight for criminal justice reform. I'm super committed to getting people out of prison who don't belong there, and Jason is too! Listen to @wrongfulconviction for free on @applepodcasts : https://apple.co/WrongfulConviction #itsjasonflom #jasonflom #wrongfulconviction
Kardashian spoke out about the wrongful sentencing of drug charges, and how maximum security prisons are terrifying, especially for those who are “clean and have perfect records.” She also followed the podcast’s publication with photos from her White House meeting with Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.
It started with Ms. Alice, but looking at her and seeing the faces and learning the stories of the men and women I’ve met inside prisons I knew I couldn’t stop at just one. It’s time for REAL systemic change pic.twitter.com/kdKr8s6lJW
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) September 5, 2018
While Kim’s actions seem admirable and come from a place of sincerity, people online are not happy to see a Kardashian in the White House, speaking on policies and reform. In fact, many are outraged to know that Trump would allow a Kardashian to become involved in politics like this.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry or throw up
— Nicole (@twogreypickles) September 5, 2018
Whatever this reality competition series where Kim Kardashian and Trump free a new prisoner each week is, it certainly isn't prison reform
— Ira (@ira) September 5, 2018
Confirmed: I'm disgusted.
— Jay (@Daedulus410) September 5, 2018
Reality show presidency 😐
— Meems ⚖️ (@imwithher61) September 5, 2018
I'm sure that she is a nice person but if this is who we turn to for thoughtful insight we are in trouble.
— Josh Teague (@JoshTeaguer) September 5, 2018
You're kidding, right??
— Then Versus Now (@ThenVersusNow) September 5, 2018
— just L (@justL1209) September 5, 2018
This entire administration is highschool lunch and who gets to sit at the cool kids table.
— S (@scollins7100) September 5, 2018
— ginny (@ginnywire) September 5, 2018
& right there is the sum of US fall as leader of the free world! When a president uses/allows a reality star with ZERO credibility, ZERO experience & ZERO education 2 advise on prison reform then you know you're in trouble. But then again, from one reality egomaniac to another ..
— leimingxian (@leimingxian) September 5, 2018
Please, for the love of God, quit giving her a platform.
— 🇺🇸 They call me momma and Nana (@SunShinesToday1) September 5, 2018
Why doesn’t @KimKardashian meet up with Trump to talk about freeing the kids stuck in detention centers…
— blah (@Honehbunneh) September 5, 2018