When Charles Kernaghan, the executive director of the Institute for Global Labour and Human Rights, said “The Kardashians are in bed with some pretty bad people,” he wasn’t talking about Scott Disick. According to an exposé by Star Magazine, in addition to committing crimes against fashion, certain products promoted by the Kardashian family come from factories that commit egregious human rights abuses. Whoops.
According to Star, items from the family’s K-Dash by Kardashian label, the Kris Jenner Kollection (those extra Ks will never cease to make me unkomfortable) and Kim‘s shoe company Shoedazzle come from factories in the Guangdong region of China where workers as young as 16 are forced to work in “minimum security prison”-like conditions. Among other things, the workers “live in squalid factory-run dormitories filled with the stench of sewage while toiling up to 84 hours during seven-day work weeks.” They earn as little as $1/hour and make as little as $15/month once room and board have been deducted. Temperatures inside the non-air conditioned factories can reach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. And they don’t even get sufficient bathroom breaks!
In contrast, the Kardashians take in a cool $65 million/year, which is kind of insane. What can be done to save their sparkling reputation? Kernaghan to the rescue:
“Kim, for example, could say, ‘It ain’t going to be all about me, me and me.’ She could do something and not leave behind a broken mess of women and children. If she took a stand and said, ‘I want to manufacture my products in Chicago or Los Angeles, where I can ensure people humane conditions,’ she would be taking the right stand.”
Indeed! I can’t wait for Kim’s tearful apology and protestations that she “had no idea.”