President Donald Trump on Wednesday commuted the sentence of Alice Marie Johnson after reality TV star Kim Kardashian West advocated for the woman’s release during a recent White House visit.
As soon as the news hit Twitter last week that Kardashian was meeting with Trump to discuss prison reform and a potential pardon for Johnson, out came the jokes, the harsh derision, the pleas to escape earth.
“Forget about the fact that Kim Kardashian is here at the White House today and what planet that is anything resembling normal, because it’s not,” CNN’s Jim Acosta said on air last Wednesday. “She shouldn’t be here talking prison reform. It’s very nice that she is here, but that’s not a serious thing to have happened here at the White House.”
Trump – who also saw his own star power propelled by reality TV — tweeted a photo of the White House visit that the New York Post used to make not one, not two, but three Kardashian butt jokes about on their cover (“Trump meets rump” and “Kim Thong Un” among them). Johnson’s case first came to Kardashian’s attention after she saw a Mic story about the 63-year-old great-grandmother on Twitter, and soon got her lawyer, Shawn Holley, involved.
Maybe those ridiculing Kardashian didn’t realize she was bringing her attorney with her. Or that the main point of her visit was to bring Johnson’s case to Trump’s attention (Johnson was serving a life term for a nonviolent crime), not to explain intricate policy changes.
Regardless, her involvement became an easy target. Kardashian serves as an avatar for the most vapid and derided kind of celebrity. People love to hate her and her family for being famous for showing off every aspect of their ridiculous lives. (And, more recently, she’s been defending her husband, Kanye West, amid controversial statements of his own.)