The internet doesn’t like when people mess with children. This fact was made even more clear this morning when Billboard.com made a very big error in judgment by posting a picture of Kim Kardashian with her daughter, North West, and captioning it with a sexually suggestive remark.
As two-year-old North appears to be putting some kind of toy or lollipop-looking object into her mouth, they wrote “The apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.”
Now, knowing Kim K's long relationship history and knowing that she rose to fame only after releasing a sex tape in 2007, it would seem that Billboard was alluding to her sexual history and implying her toddler daughter is taking after her mother in that regard.
Mark my words ... Sexualizing a child is NEVER cool.
Sexualization of children is NEVER okay. What's wrong with people?— Zola Neal Hurston (@_M_Pulse) October 30, 2015
Kim K. jokes come a dime a dozen and most of us go along for the laughs but, when it comes to attacking a little kid? We just aren’t about that life.
The story that was linked to the tweeted photo — which has since been removed — was about North saying, “I said no pictures!” while shooing away paparazzi as her nanny walked her to ballet class. Perhaps Billboard was a little bitter about North being a mini-diva so they took a dig at her, but it’s still inexcusable.
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She is a child, she's asking to be left alone ... you had better respect that.
Kim K. and husband Kanye West are known for barring paparazzi from photographing their family and sometimes they can get pretty snarky. With that in mind, it’s also possible that Billboard was referring to North’s sassy attitude being similar to her mother's, but the photo they used certainly did not come across that way.
Needless to say, many people didn’t see the tweet as an innocent joke and fired back at Billboard and its tactless social media team.
.@billboard she's a damn baby. An editor should never position such innuendo on the image of a child, regardless of her famous parent.— Janet Mock (@janetmock) October 30, 2015
Billboard is sexualizing a toddler? A toddler?!? Really?!? https://t.co/8HLzIC6Pv4— TC (@tchop_stl) October 30, 2015
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