Sunny Hostin and the rest of the panelists on The View had a lot to say Thursday about Kim Kardashian’s tone-deaf advice for women in business.
In a Variety cover story Wednesday about the Kardashian empire, Kim said: “I have the best advice for women in business. Get your f–king ass up and work. It seems like nobody wants to work these days.”
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The View hosts were not impressed. Hostin said Kardashian’s comments came off as “elitist.” After ticking off a list of privileges the reality star was born with, including having a wealthy family and attractive features, Hostin said: “I just think people that are born on third base shouldn’t be talking about how easy it is to hit a home run.”
“I grew up poor. I grew up in the South Bronx projects and I did have to work harder and I worked twice as hard to get half as far as a lot of people,” she continued. “It just came off as being very privileged, it came off as very elitist.”
Joy Behar noted that hard work is no guarantee to success. She added that attending the right college and having connections can be just as important.
“If you’re a poor kid like I was, I had to go to a city school, I didn’t make any contacts there, I just met a husband,” she said.
“I’m making the point that a leg up is what you need in this world,” Behar added. “My mother worked so hard all her life, she was a sewing machine operator. That was it for her until she died. Who worked harder than that? Nobody, that I know.”
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Later in the segment, co-host Sara Haines said if the Keeping Up with the Kardashians star had acknowledged her privilege before making the comment, people may have reacted differently instead of criticizing her on social media.
“If you take the messenger away from the message, she’s not wrong,” Haines said.
Former Trump White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham appeared as a guest co-host on the show and spoke about admiring Kim’s work ethic, the success of her Skims brand, and her activism on prison reform.
“She was integral in prison reform in the last administration and she got a woman out of prison, who deserved to get out of prison,” Grisham said.
Watch the full clip of the exchange on The View below: