The Kardashian family has strutted its way into Cuba and some people don’t think it’s a very good idea.
"Both the Karl Lagerfeld Chanel fashion show and Kardashian trip to Cuba for their TV show is emblematic of celebrity culture at its worst," Cuban-born Florida Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R) said on Thursday.
The statement came soon after the sisters posted selfies on social media featuring them smoking cigars with faces full of makeup and using Cuba’s historical landmarks as backdrops for their pictures.
Many criticized the photos as a mockery of the struggles of the Caribbean nation’s economic struggles, driven by stereotyping. Now, it looks like the family will attempt to glamorize the the poverty-ridden country by featuring it in an episode of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.”
“I know it’s cool for celebrities to go to Cuba, but the Cuban people don’t experience the glamorous Havana that is featured on social media,” said Ros-Lehtinen. “Far from photo shoots and fruity drinks, everyday Cubans experience a different, sad reality. Now, the Kardashians are parachuting into the island to tape their vapid TV show. Haven't the Cuban people suffered enough?"
One particular photo also raised the hackles of Townhall editor Katie Pavlich.
Fidel throws people in prison for attempting to use Twitter @khloekardashian— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) May 5, 2016
“Fidel throws people in prison for attempting to use Twitter,” Pavlich tweeted Wednesday. “He’s also had a lot of people killed and is a massive human rights violator but hey, viva!”
Lagerfeld’s Chanel Cruise collection show, which included A-list celebrities like Gisele Bundchen, Vin Diesel and Tilda Swinton in its guest list, was barred to Havana’s residents, who had to resort to peeking from balconies or watch wistfully from behind cordon lines as VIP visitors made their way toward the ramp.
Following the extravagant show was a beach themed after-party, complete with a tiki-style lounge with cocktails, hors d’oevres and a private concert by French-Cuban band Ibeyi.
"We couldn't see anything," said Mabel Fernandez, a resident of Havana. "It wasn't right. My daughter was dying to see it."