The reality star tweeted about Bland, a black woman who died in police custody after a shocking and suspicious arrest. Her death was officially ruled suicide by hanging according to the coroner's report, but the case is stirring racial tensions because of her alleged mistreatment by police during her arrest and while in custody.
Kardashian tweeted her opinion that the whole case seems "shady" and that police are staging a "massive coverup" of their responsibility for Bland's death.
#WhatHappenedToSandraBland We need answers!!!! This is NOT ok! This is all shady! They need to own up to this & tell the truth!— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 23, 2015
Fan reaction was swift and divided. Some people, like those below, applauded Kardashian for using her celebrity to bring attention to a major social issue.
@KimKardashian thanks for posting this. Sandra was a personal friend of mine and we are all looking for answers. You are AMAZING— Ashley (@AshleyLavelle16) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian wow thank you so much for speaking up concerning this. We certainly need more folk like u to say something.— Stephanie Overton (@soverton8410) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian really proud of you Kim for having the courage to give your opinion. I have more respect for you now— kay-lee (@_theonlykalika_) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian thank you for posting about this, Kim. It's important that big names w/ influence talk about this.— baby firefly (@thatspicegirl) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian I have a new found respect for you. Your voice speaks volumes and the fact you use it for this is amazing! Thank you!— Brandon Gommer (@BGommer) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian finally using your influence and and popularity properly!!!!— Ella Monkman (@y0uwh0re) July 24, 2015
Others, many of whom implied or outright stated their belief that the police did nothing wrong and Bland did commit suicide, slammed Kardashian for hopping on the bandwagon merely to bring more attention to herself.
@KimKardashian your dad OJ off. Please stop commenting on social problems.— ET (@erin_thereseV) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian why wouldyou state an opinion that has no factual backing? Hopefully that was someone else using your account.— jeanie Wendt (@jeaniewendt) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian quit being a follower and start being a leader. Use your voice to start helping others, not to stir up racial controversy— A.J. Galgoul (@AGalgoul) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian You think like so many others-that everything is a conspiracy when it involves a black person.— Louis Mitchell (@LouMitch2015) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian She hung herself..there's your answer— Justin Webb (@JWibby83) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian This is what happens when you rely on Radaronline for your news. Check the facts first.— Pequalife (@livmasspk) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian what's the truth Kim? Since you apparently know....Why don't you stick you being irrelevant, you're good at it.— cory (@Frontsightbang) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian like you actually care ? How much attention could one person crave.— Joanna Betty (@joanna_betty) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian when have you ever been interested in anything except yourself...give us a break— paul krauledis (@winning816) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian seems lime coroner said suicide and people next to her in jail believe suicide. Have you been watching news?— michelle bates (@mbates1124) July 24, 2015
@KimKardashian It's shady to you because you want to stir up anger and hate in people. Shame on you.— Raine Williams (@Updownand123) July 24, 2015
Of course, Kardashian is not the only celeb to speak out about the case — Cara Delevingne, Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Zendaya, Gabrielle Union and Snoop Dogg, among many others, have thrown their support behind the movement on social media — but she does certainly seem to be the most controversial.
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