Since 2007, a small reality television show titled Keeping Up With The Kardashians has grown into a worldwide success and rocketed the careers of Kim, Khloe, Kourtney and Rob Kardashian, and Kris, Caitlyn (then known as Bruce), Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The family name is now worth an estimated $300 million.
Alongside their millions of adoring fans worldwide who follow their every move, they have also become some of the most hated celebrities on the planet. The “American Dream” is that “hard work” and “respect for others” will always pay off for anyone – however, the Kardashian-Jenner clan seemed to have ripped up the rule book for good. They became the stars who were known as “famous for being famous” and managed to breed a whole new type of celebrity. For almost a decade, their fans have followed almost their every move.
When you are the most photographed family in the world, things can go wrong and when you live so publicly the backlash can be brutal. In nearly 10 years, the Kardashian-Jenners have stirred up a lot of controversy and these are just some of the photos their PR teams would want to see buried for good.
18. Kylie Jenner Poses In A Wheelchair
In 2015, Kylie caused what could only be described as a PR s**tstorm when she posed in a wheelchair for the cover of Interview magazine. Wearing a PVC corset, a black choker, and stilettos, disability activists called the photo shoot “distasteful” and “exploitive.”
Gemma Flanagan, a disabled model and ambassador for pressure group Models of Diversity, told the Daily Mail, “I was shocked when I saw the photos. I couldn’t believe the hypocrisy of it. We’re always pushing for fashion houses to represent more disabled women, yet we’re told that it isn’t suitable.” She added, “Now here we have an able-bodied person posing in a wheelchair, and she’s put on the cover of a magazine. It isn’t remotely empowering.”
The backlash surrounding the shoot was so intense that Interview had their own spokesperson comment. They said, “We celebrate a variety of women who are both the creators and subjects of their artistic work, and the Kylie feature aims to unpack Kylie’s status as both engineer of her image and object of attention.” This is certainly one photo shoot that will haunt Kylie for a long time coming.
17. Kim Holding A Cat Cruelly
It’s one of those photos that just makes you say, “What the hell was she thinking?” Kim felt the wrath of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) when she posted the above picture to her Twitter, along with the caption: “Pic from my shoot yesterday…good kitty cat.”
Likely noticing the spike in her notifications labeling her a monster, she quickly followed with another tweet that read: “Rest assured, the owner and vet were on set and showed me how to pick him up. The cat was not harmed in any way and is perfectly fine! I love animals and would never do anything to harm animals.”
However, PETA fired back “Kim Kardashian isn’t the only person who mistakenly thinks that because a mother cat picks up her kittens by the scruff of the neck that a supportive hand under the rump isn’t needed.” The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals L.A. also added, “It is permissible to hold a kitten by his or her scruff for a brief amount of time… (but) the manner in which Ms. Kardashain is holding the kitten could lead others to mishandle animals.”
16. Khloe Glamorizing Gun Violence
Two years before her sister was robbed at gunpoint, Khloe Kardashian posed with her then-boyfriend French Montana as he posed with a machine gun and she swigged from a champagne bottle. She proudly posted the photo to Instagram alongside the caption: “About to go gucci maaannnnnn.”
Her fans were not happy as the commented, “Glamorizing this, isn’t cool,” and another added, “So disrespectful to those who have lost people recently.” The picture came just days US Weekly reported Kris Jenner believed French Montana, who is the CEO of Cocaine City Records, believed that he was a bad influence on Khloe.
Khloe’s team went into damage control mode and she soon joined the organization Moms Demand Action, a movement of Americans who demand a reasonable solution to gun violence culture, and Everytown for Gun Safety, a movement working together to end gun violence and build safer communities, so she could discuss gun violence and safety with them.
15. Kim’s Missing Arm
Kim is no stranger to photoshop, just one look at her extensive collection of magazine covers and it’s quite clear she is a fan of digital enhancement. But when she posed with her BFF Johnathan Cheban for this photo on top of a boat in Cannes, fans noticed there was something missing – half of her arm! Fans joked around on Kim’s Instagram comments asking if she was okay since she had clearly lost an arm.
Photoshop expert Giles Fabris told Radar Online this is not a photoshop job. He explained, “It’s this halogen light that is shining from another boat and their faces are obscured. It’s just the superbright light that made it look like that.” Well, we have been starting at this picture for quite awhile now and there definitely is no arm there.
14. Kendall and Caitlyn Rocking The Same Dress
Is there anything worse than showing up to a party and someone is wearing the same dress as you? Even worse if that person is actually your own parent. Kendall probably wanted to curl up and disappear when she attended Kanye West’s album launch for Life of Pablo, and not only had to wear his questionable designs but also the same dress as Caitlyn. The only difference between the two is their different styles of hair.
Kanye West debuted his seventh studio album at Madison Square Garden and more than 20 million people watched live on Jay-Z’s streaming site Tidal. The full Kardashian-Jenner-West family, were out in force for the event that also featured more of his Yeezy collection with Naomi Campbell walking the runway. It would have been a nice event for Kendall if it had not have turned into a fashion disaster.
13. Khloe Native American Headdress
Khloe came under fire once again but this time for posting a picture to Instagram where she was seen wearing a full Indian headdress. Sat next to a small teepee she wrote the caption: “Ray of clouds. Chirping of birds. Gurgling of water. Granting desire. One with water.” Then the comments starting flooding in – one fan wrote, “NO KHLOE NO. Take 30 seconds to Google whom and WHY someone would wear this headdress. 30 seconds.” Another added, “Insensitive much?! And racist! Not cool Khloe.”
In the Native American culture, a headdress similar to what Khloe wore were reserved to honor Plains Indians men who had died in battle. David Stirrup of the University of Kent explained to the BBC that the headdress is “something you have to earn. It is normally earned through exploit. They are not everyday wear.” Shockingly this was the second time Khloe had caused offence wearing Native American costume – some people just never learn.
12. Kim Photoshop Fail – Again
Why bother working out when you can just shave inches off your waistline in a digital suite after the photoshoot. Kim probably never thought that her pre-photoshoot body would make it online, but this is the day and age where everything that is worth seeing will be leaked. This photoshop fail did not impress any of her fans who urged her to stop conning women into believing that these are achievable body goals.
Kim defended herself on an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians as she explained, “I have psoriasis, there is nothing I can do about it so there is no reason why I should feel uncomfortable. She added, “So to make myself feel better I lay out all my insecurities before we start a shoot in the hope that no one will be focused on that. I just want to do fun and artsy things. I want to capture really cool moments and have some great shoots and be nude and do all this cool stuff.” So that’s why she slimmed down her waist and enhanced her booty.
11. Kylie Shoves Her Hand Down Kendall’s Shorts
There is sibling love and then there’s just plain weird. Kylie went a step too far when she put her hands down Kendall’s shorts and most of her fans got really freaked out. One tweeted, “So Kylie was grabbing Kendall’s ***** today. Their family is really.. interesting.” Another commented, “Kylie put her hands down her sister Kendall’s pants…what the actual.”
This isn’t the first time the sisters have been overly touchy feely towards each other. Kendall posted a Snapchat of her grinding on Kylie and the siblings have also been seen kissing on the lips many times before.
Kendall revealed on her official website that despite no longer being kids, they are still very close as sisters. She wrote in a post, “We’ve always remained close, but over the years the two of us have just matured. We’ve really kind of found our own identities, which I think was important to us both. For years we were really stuck as a duo and now we’ve truly become our own people.”
10. Kim Ignores North West Falling
When Kim Kardashian is paparazzi there is no stopping her – not even if her 3-year-old daughter North West face-plants the floor just a few steps behind her. The toddler took a tumble and had to be steadied back on her feet by Kourtney as Kim walked ahead.
Months earlier, she updated her Twitter to tell her fans that she was hiding in a closet to get away from her daughter. She wrote, “I’m hiding in my daughter’s closet because if she sees I snuck out of her bed, she will start to cry AND I think she gave me a cold so I figure no better time to write a #StraightUp (post) than now!”
Luckily Kim has her husband Kanye to hand as she revealed, “Kanye is super-helpful, taking North out to dinners, and I’m so lucky North looks up to Penelope a lot” (her cousin and the daughter of Kourtney. “I have the cutest video of (Penelope) giving North a heart to heart about being a good big sister.”
9. Kylie Jenner’s Cornrows
Hunger Games actress Amanda Stenberg was not impressed with Kylie’s cornrows and called out the reality star from distracting from the bigger topics. She tweeted, “When (you) appropriate black features and culture but fail to use ur position of power to help black Americans by directing attention towards ur wigs instead of police brutality or racism #whitegirlsdoitbetter.”
Shortly after Amanda released a video online titled Don’t Cash Crop On My Cornrow, where she explained, “The line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange is always going to be blurred, but here’s the thing: appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed high fashion, cool, or funny when the privileged take it for themselves,” she said. “Appropriation occurs when the appropriator is not aware of the deep significance of the culture they’re partaking in.”
8. Extreme Waist Training
2015 was the year of waist training and the whole Kardashian clan got involved. Khloe shared the above picture to Instagram along with the caption, “I’m obsessed with the gym but a little extra help never hurt nobody. Keep my waist snatched and posture perfect. Once you try it, you will become obsessed!”
Once again, there was a backlash as waist trainers have been proven to actually cause more harm than good to the body. Personal trainer Matthew Griffin explained to Hollywood Life, “Our abs are an essential element to the stabilization of our entire body, especially our spines. It is not only ineffective to depend on an outside force for a false sense of security, but downright dangerous.” He continued, “
He continued, “If a corset is used to only mimic the shape of a toned midsection without actually using our muscles, the result is a false sense of strength and muscular engagement.” Basically – it doesn’t work, ladies.
7. Striking A Pose With Chris Brown
Maybe the Kardashian-Jenner sisters forgot that Chris Brown is not the kind of guy they shouldn’t be throwing themselves at? In 2009, he had an argument with his then-girlfriend Rihanna which left her with visible facial injuries that required her to be hospitalized. He turned himself in at the Los Angeles Police Department and was later charged with felony assault.
Despite his conviction the Kardashian-Jenner clan invite the singer along to many of the birthday parties for their kids. He was present as North and Penelope’s joint birthday with his own daughter Royalty.
He has also been rumored to have hooked with Kendall. Heat magazine reported, “It’s kind of complicated with both guys. Kendall finds it hard to trust (Chris). (He is) pretty keen on her, though.” Our advice for Kendall is if you don’t trust a guy then just walk away.
6. Kim Selling Toilet Paper
Let’s remember a time when Kim Kardashian had no shame at all and would do anything to be in the public eye – even if that required selling toilet paper. As part of the promotional shoot, she opened the first Charmin Restroom in New York and even cut the ribbon with a giant pair of scissors. What an honor. She told the press at the event, “With my recent transition to New York, “I’m happy to join Charmin as they give the gift of the Restrooms near Times Square.”
There will be no more toilet openings for Kim nowadays. Since the launch of her game Kim Kardashian: Hollywood, where players can create their own celebrity, befriend Kim and work their way onto the A-list, the app has been downloaded more than 50 million times and generated $160 million in revenue. She is currently number 42 on the Forbes list of highest earning celebrities.
5. 17-year-old Kylie’s Bikini Selfies
When Kylie was just 17-years-old she started her obsession with updating her bikini selfies to Instagram. Many of her fans said that she was growing up too fast, they tweeted: “Kylie Jenner is really a sad case to me. Growing up way, way too fast. Her parents need their a** whopped” and another wrote, “She is an accident waiting to happen. Growing up too fast.”
Her older sister Khloe had her back however as she told Complex magazine, “Kylie is not a normal 17-year-old. You’re not gonna say, ‘Hey, so what are you doing this weekend?’ and have her say, ‘Having a slumber party at my girlfriend’s,’ or ‘Going to prom.’ That’s not what Kylie does. Kylie is taking business meetings and bought her first house, or she’s going on a private plane with Karl Lagerfeld to take a meeting.”
4. Scott Disick Is An Arab Sheik For Halloween
Two years ago, Scott Disick dressed as an Arab sheik for Halloween and the internet was not happy. He posted the above picture to his Instagram with the caption: “We getting that Arab money today.” He later posted another photo with the caption: “Sheik P***y.” Scott received quite the backlash for his costume which came not long after Walmart decided to withdraw their stereotypical “Arab Sheik” and “Pashtun Papa” costumes as they were deemed offensive.
The father-of-three has since calmed down his partying ways following a stint at Rythmia Life Advancement Center in Costa Rica, where a recommend stay is 21-days and costs around $1,000 a day. On an episode of Caitlyn Jenner’s show I Am Cait he revealed, “I’m obviously not drinking or doing drugs. So, I’m just alone with my thoughts every night, and it’s tough.”
3. Kim Peddling Morning Sickness Drugs
When Kim fell pregnant with her first baby, she knew there were only nine precious months to cash in on her growing unborn child – so she got to work. After posting this advert for a morning sickness drug she came under fire from the FDA as she failed to make two things very clear – 1) the harmful side-effects of the drug which is federal law 2) that this was clearly an advert. The FDA then wrote an open letter which demanded Kim remove all the pictures from her Instagram promoting the drug because “the violations are serious and repeated.”
The law states that they must post #ad following any advertisement or endorsed product online. Bonnie Patten, executive director of Truth In Advertising, explained, “When it comes to sponsored social media posts, the law is clear – unless it’s self-evident that an Instagram post is an advertisement, a clear and prominent disclosure is required so that consumers understand that what they are viewing is an ad.” With a good chunk of the Kardashian-Jenner fortune coming from endorsed products, they don’t want to run the risk of a social media ban.
2. Khloe Wearing A Hijab
Why can’t Khloe just stop offending people? Two years ago, during a trip to Dubai, she uploaded the following photo along with the caption “Habibi Love” which means in Arabic “my baby” or “my darling.” She later followed the post with more images of her pouting and laughing at the camera.
On an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, she finally saw the error of her ways and apologized. She had spoken to two Muslim employees of hers and managed to get a different perspective on the matter. The reality star said, “After talking with Nazy and Durrani, I’m really upset that I’ve offended anybody. I’m even more bothered that the commenters think I’m poking fun at their culture. I didn’t realize how offensive it was. I didn’t know I was doing anything wrong. I really just have to be more aware of what I write, even if I think it’s tongue in cheek, and I have to be more sensitive to that. I’m sorry to anybody I offended. That was the last thing I ever wanted to do.”
1. Kim Rubbing Paris Hilton’s Feet
Once upon a time there was a huge celebrity known as Paris Hilton who had her own personal slave named Kim Kardashian. Kim would do anything for Paris, including organizing her walk-in wardrobe, holding her purse on a night out and even, very embarrassingly, rubbing her feet. Then Kim gained her own media powers, following the release of a raunchy sex tape, and the rest is showbiz history.
Paris has never quite got over Kim stealing her crown and she claims that she made Kim famous. Just a few months ago, she shared a picture of Kim and Kanye with the caption: “I made his b***h famous.” When she was asked during an interview about whether her own time had passed, she looked mortified and walked off camera. Clearly the touchy subject of Kim becoming a huge star and her own credibility waning is not one she wishes to discuss.