Kim Kardashian faces backlash for 40th birthday post: 'I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is'

Katie Mather
·4 min read

Coinciding with the start of Scorpio season, which is already cursed, Kim Kardashian rang in her 40th birthday with a trip to a private island with her "closest inner circle."

As the rest of the world continues to grapple with the effects of the pandemic, Kardashian tried her best to share photos of the occasion with a slice of humble pie — although it didn't exactly work.

"After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time," Kardashian tweeted.

"I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is," she added.

The "right now" in her last tweet is doing a lot of heavy lifting, seeing as the number of people who could fly a group of people to a private island pre-pandemic is pretty much limited to the Kardashian-Jenner family tree.

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According to TMZ, Kardashian rented out her own Boeing 777 to fly everyone to the island, where guests were handed keys to their own private villas. Apparently, the island had reported no coronavirus cases and everyone was tested in the weeks leading up to the trip.

In what I consider a very funny part of the birthday itinerary, the group was also treated to a private screening of Judd Apatow's movie, "This Is 40," on the beach.

But of course, this was not Kardashian's only birthday celebration. Her birthday, which is actually Oct. 21, was previously honored with a surprise party that paid homage to her previous 39 birthday parties and featured a dance performance by her sisters.

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All I can say is WOW! My mom and my sisters threw me the most epic surprise party that was so special in my heart. We showed it on E as a special so you guys got to see the behind the scenes of how it really went down. You know I’m a sentimental person and this party was the most special. They re-created all of my special birthdays throughout my life from looking at all of our old home videos. They re-created the party, The same balloons, the same cake, everything! My dad video taped and documented our whole lives so they showed each of the videos of my birthdays on a big screen behind the party. I entered into the room that started off at my first birthday party with the same ponies and the same cake, and my dad wishing me a happy 1st birthday. Then as I entered in the room I ended up at my second birthday then my fourth birthday leading up to my 10th birthday where my sisters did the same exact dance that they did for me when I turned 10. We then got to my 16th birthday party and my exact same car was there waiting for me with the same exact balloons with the same cake. After a while the curtains opened and the bottle service girls came out which happened to be my sisters and they re-created Tao night club, where I spent all of my 30s having my birthday parties. Each and every detail that went into this was so special and I am forever grateful to my family for taking the time to put this together to celebrate me turning 40. I can’t wait to share so many more birthday photos and videos with you guys soon and I thank each and everyone of you who reached out with birthday wishes ✨ Also shout of to @mindyweiss for putting this all together. You were there putting together all my birthday parties when I was a little girl so this definitely came full circle.

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No stranger to being turned into memes herself, Kardashian's private island party was mercilessly mocked by Twitter.

Happy birthday, Kim!

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