Kim Kardashian Called Out for O.J. Simpson Jokes on ‘SNL’
In SummaryThe sister of the late Nicole Simpson said Kim Kardashian's jokes about O.J. were "beyond inappropriate and insensitive."
Kim Kardashian is facing backlash from some and receiving support from others for controversial jokes she made about O.J. Simpson while hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live.
Kardashian’s opening monologue included jokes about her late father, Robert Kardashian Sr., one of Simpson’s defense attorneys during his 1995 double-murder trial. The 40-year-old mogul went on to say her father was the reason she met her “first Black person.”
“Wanna take a stab in the dark at who it was?” she said. “It’s sort of weird to remember the first Black person you met, but O.J. does leave a mark. Or several. Or none at all. I still don’t know.”
O.J. Simpson was accused and later found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife Nicole Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman. Nicole Simpson was very close friends with Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner.
Tanya Brown, Nicole Simpson’s sister, said the comments were made during Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In a statement to PEOPLE, she said, “If she and her family loved Nicole so much as they claimed, this was done in very poor taste. I think the taste of writers at SNL was beyond inappropriate and insensitive, as was the reaction in the audience.”
Brown went on to say, “Regarding Kim, I believe everyone has a choice to control what they speak on. She easily could have said, ‘This is inappropriate and disrespectful to everyone! Not only for Nicole and Ron, but for all the victims of domestic violence who were murdered by their significant others.'”
Social media’s reaction to the monologue was mixed. Some defended Kardashian and the SNL writers, saying the jokes were a tribute to the late Norm MacDonald, who often made jokes about Simpson.
Some, however, thought the jokes were distasteful because of the Kardashian family’s relationship with the late Nicole Simpson.
Kardashian has not responded to Brown’s comments and only published content promoting her performance.
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