Social media ‘star’ Kim Kardashian has caused a hurricane of controversy after her recent tweet showed her at what she described as an ‘elephant sanctuary’, but people aren’t convinced by the ethics of the supposed ‘sanctuary’.
The photo cause people to rightly question what sort of sanctuary would allow people to ride the elephants or tie up the elephants with ropes, pointing to the fact that this was no sanctuary at all as riding elephants is wrong regardless of the context, just like tying them up with ropes.
The images caused even some of Kim Kardashian’s devoted fans to point out her glaring mistake. with one user ‘Liz J‘ replying:
“Kim I love you, but please research some of the issues with these so-called sanctuaries! So many people innocently visit these places without knowing how the animals [are] treated!”
Other replies included:
@Racilae – “it sure would be much nicer without a rope around their neck & a man sitting on their head.”
@Jessicaat23 – “I love Kim K and she looks incredible here but I’m fuming with this photo.”
And the simple to the point statement, “Disgraceful” by @janconwaytwitty
The problem for me with this photo, however, is not only that she is promoting a place where it’s speculated that the elephants may be being abused, but it also highlights another issue. The fact that celebrities think that they can use charitable ideas to sway public opinion towards them and make them appear like better people is a profoundly dangerous one; not only because it spreads misinformation, such as here where Kim has clearly not done her research, but it undermines real charity work and propagates the contemporary ideology that being seen to do something is more important than actually doing something.