Kim Kardashian has apologized for her business advice telling women to work harder, saying her words were “taken out of context”.
Kardashian, 41, landed in hot water after an interview with Variety this month about the family’s upcoming Hulu reality series, in which she said, “I’ve got the best advice for women in business. Get your ass up and work. It seems like nobody’s please work these days.”
Her statement sparked an outpouring of criticism, with some people calling the remarks insensitive and hypocritical, pointing to the privilege of the Kardashian family.
The line even surfaced at the Oscars, where co-host Regina Hall quoted Kardashian, telling Best Supporting Actress nominee Judi Dench, “This is a Kim Kardashian quote: ‘Work harder.’ That’s what we need you to do.”
Kardashian cleared the air in an interview Monday on “Hello America” from ABC News.
“It wasn’t a general statement towards women or the feeling that I don’t respect work or think they don’t work hard. I know they do,” Kardashian said. “It was taken out of context, but I’m so sorry if it was received that way.”
She said that before being asked what advice she would give to women, she was asked a question that changed her behavior.
“That statement I said was without questions or conversation around it, and it became a sound sentence, really, without context,” she said. “That piece of sound came from the notion and the question right before, which was, ‘After 20 years of being in the business, you’re famous for being famous,’ and my tone and attitude changed with the previous question that went into this question about advice you would give women.”
Kardashian, a mother of four who is the founder of Skims, told host Robin Roberts that “having a social media presence and being on a reality show doesn’t mean overnight success,” adding “You really have to work hard to get there even though it may seem easy.”