Kim Kardashian receives backlash for new Spotify podcast on prison reform
19 June 2020, 17:38 | Updated: 26 January 2022, 19:28
"This is the cyclical and unchallenged way white supremacy maintains its vanity projects."
Since deciding to become a lawyer, Kim Kardashian has been incredibly vocal about prison reform. So far, with the help of her legal team, she's busted countless people out of prison and even filmed a documentary – Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project – on the whole process.
Well, Kim can now add another job to her ever-growing resume – podcaster. Yep, a Spotify spokesman confirmed that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star has inked a deal with Spotify for a podcast series all about criminal justice.
Kim will co-host and co-produce the show alongside TV producer Lori Rothschild Ansaldi. This will reportedly include Lori's investigation into the case of Kevin Keith, a man convicted of three murders and sentenced to death in 1994. Keith's death sentence was commuted in 2010 after new evidence was presented by his attorneys.
In 2019, Kim shared Keith's case on Twitter as well as other inmates linked to the Innocence Project, a non-profit organisation that works to exonerate wrongly convicted offenders. The Innocence Project will also be involved with the upcoming podcast.
Whilst it's of course good that Kim is using her platform to bring light to the flawed criminal justice system, some took issue with Kim for accepting the deal. There are many Black people that have dedicated their lives to prison reform, but they don't get the platform or recognition they deserve for their work, yet Kim is able to dip her toe in it and receive all the accolades.
Given the conversations we're having about race right now, people think Kim should have given the opportunity to a Black person.
There are actual factual Black people who have dedicated their life to prison reform. But they don’t have Kim Kardashian’s whiteness and money, so they won’t get a podcast deal or the recognition for their work. This is white supremacy in action. https://t.co/3OQw3118nH— The Grapevine (@TheGrapevineTV) June 18, 2020
Kim Kardashian really gets praise for slapping her name on the work of black female lawyers. pic.twitter.com/nvGH8uCz5c— 💫✨ (@TheJessieWoo) June 18, 2020
is this what @Spotify decided people really want and need right now? this is the cyclical and unchallenged way white supremacy maintains its vanity projects.— Rockyatu Otoo (@ghanagirlgoes) June 18, 2020
I wonder if Kartrashian will highlight the two black lawyers doing the work she takes all the kredit for?🤔https://t.co/nnDTiYPiQs— ChristyBKnowing (@ChristyBKnowing) June 18, 2020
Kim Kardashian should use her privilege to move aside and allow the Black women lawyers, Anne Barnett, Topika Sam and MiAngel Cody, who are actually freeing incarcerated people, who have been committed to this work and The Decarceration Collection, for far longer to speak.— Olayemi, Esq. (@msolurin) June 19, 2020
She honestly doesn’t have the range. The two Black attorneys that actually do the work for her should be centered. It’s so sad that so many people are trying to defend her smh— Mamba Forever!💜💛💜💛 (@uniquelyjazz) June 18, 2020