Skip to comments.When in Dubai: The Kardashians Shop for Burqas
Posted on 10/20/2011 8:11:31 AM PDT by NYer
In Dubai last week to open a milkshake franchise, promote her signature fragrance, and pursue other opportunities to expand her business empire, uber-celebrity Kim Kardashian and mother Kris Jenner stopped by the Dubai Mall to shop for the latest Middle Eastern fashions including matching burqas.
That’s me! Kardashian later squealed on Twitter beneath a photo of herself with her famous face completely obscured except for a slit for the eyes (this is actually a niqab, , which covers everything; a burqa is becoming the popular catchall word to describe the covering in general). Considering that Kardashians fame is entirely the result of the relentless marketing of her curvy sexuality, beginning with a sex tape, a burqa the purpose of which is to obliterate female sexuality and to reduce a womans identity to a rumpled, repellent blob is a curious fashion choice.
And a disappointing one. One of the most famous women in the world and a style icon for countless millions of fans, Kim Kardashian may have just given the burqa her considerably influential fashion imprimatur.
Its easy to pick on celebrities like Kardashian. Reveling in the narcissistic bubble of her inexplicable fame, far removed from the harsh realities of countless Muslim women literally enshrouded in this enforced anonymity, she is, in all fairness, no doubt simply ignorant of the cultural ramifications of her flippant shopping selection.
Whats really disturbing here is that the media treated the whole incident so breezily. Kim Kardashian’s latest fashion statement? A burqa! was the typical headline. Kim Kardashian Rocks a Burqa in Dubai, read another. A third: Kim Kardashian can even make a burqa look hot. Ad nauseum.
Not a single news item about this paparazzi moment referenced the impropriety of these two wealthy Western women donning garments that have been designed to enslave women and punish them for the uncontrollable lust they inspire in men by a hint of skin or a glimpse of lips. Every media report I saw opted for innocuous phrasing like describing the burqa as traditional for Muslim women. BET went with the even more blandly neutral regional dress. The UKs DailyMail got slightly more specific by pointing out that it is the conservative dress preferred in the religious country. US Weekly edged slightly closer to the truth by giving the burqa the understated label, often controversial.
None of the mainstream media reports dared to storm the ramparts of multiculturalism or to provoke shrill accusations of the dreaded and mythical Islamophobia by pointing out why its controversial. None of the media outlets broached the ugly subject of the misogyny that underlies this regional dress, much less mentioned that women have been killed for not wearing the traditional garb that Kim Kardashian and her mom had so much fun modeling.
What, apart from oppressed women, underlies the wearing of the burqa? As Nonie Darwish writes in her must-read, Cruel and Usual Punishment,
Bunch of Dhimmis.
"My family and I are incredibly proud of our heritage. My dad taught me a lot about Armenian culture, and I have a strong connection with my roots. Every year, I honor the memory of the martyrs who were killed during the 1915 Armenian Genocide. Even though so many countries around the world recognize the Genocide, the government of Turkey still denies it."
So now she embraces the culture of their assassins. Go figure.
The muslim full body covering is an improvement on the looks of the Kardashians....
True, I never saw what’s so great about their looks....they look plastic as all get out.
She honors the memory of a million dead Armenian Christians at the hands of Muslim Turks - by wearing a Burkha?
believe me, it won’t be long before her lemmings/fans jump on her bandwagon and start wearing burqas as fashion statements.
Knowing what most liberal women look like this could be a good thing. S/
I’m very thankful for not having more than basic cable so I don’t waste my time on reality shows that are just empty brained people and their foolishness. Stupid and rich what a dangerous combo.
As a Christian seeing women in the Islamic coverings where you only see their eyes, all I see when I look at them is anger and hate, never love.
A family of whores.
I have one word to describe the entire Kardashian clan...
Thank you Kim for doning the slave garb of millions of women around the world. Why is the left not screaming about this. Maybe we whould re-introduce slave chain and collars from the 1800’s as a fashion statement. I wonder how long that would last.
Burkas! coming soon to a country near you.
It’s the best she’s ever looked.
They are hardly role models, but I don’t see them having sex for money.
Indeed, they are married, and I am unaware of infidelity, so calling them “whores” seems a bit strong.
From X rated to fully covered. Won’t the Kardashian Kool-aid drinkers become confused, Kimmy?
On the other hand, it doesn't matter if here ancestors were Polish or Aborigines from Australia. This was a dumb thing to do, but then again, it is the Kardashians.
Dumb westerners think they are just “playing dress up” and don’t understand the implications of the Oppressive garb and why it is a cultural poison that empowers and excuses the men to behave like lustfull animals blaming the women who aren’t tarped up for their bad behavior.
Of course the “Cardassians” ain’t too bright.
cover up pretty well ...
What guys? I just see a bunch of grass and wildflowers :)
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