Kim Kardashian is getting dragged online over her extravagant 40th birthday party

Read the room, Kim.
Published October 28, 2020 10:09 a.m. EST
Last Updated October 31, 2020 12:00 a.m. EST
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Kim Kardashian turned 40 earlier this month and celebrated her milestone birthday by renting a private island for her closest friends and family members. This would be an extravagant event at any time, but amid a global pandemic, Kardashian's ongoing desire to share her private life with the public has created a massive backlash. Kim, there’s people that are dying.Kardashian turned 40 on October 21 and celebrated by ordering contactless delivery take-out and Zooming with friends. JK, she rented a private island in an undisclosed location and flew a large group of her inner circle there on private planes. Kardashian shared pictures from the extravagant celebration, because obviously, and did her best to include addendums to her caption that showed she was aware of the gravity of the current state of the world. It did not have the effect she was hoping for.“There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter. For my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today,” wrote Kardashian. “Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment.”[video_embed id='2061382']RELATED: The Kardashian-Jenner family celebrate Kim's 40th with a big birthday bash[/video_embed]The Skims designer and aspiring lawyer went on to say that she asked her closest friends and family members to isolate for the two weeks leading up to her party and undergo multiple screenings for added safety. Kardashian wrote that she surprised her inner circle with a trip to a private island where they could “pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time.” Admittedly, a trip to a private island is normal in the Kardashian/Jenner/West crowd.Sharing pictures of herself posing with her siblings and close friends, Kardashian described the daily itinerary for the trip, which included dancing, riding bikes, swimming with whales, kayaking and movies on the beach. The social media star showed some awareness with her final line, writing “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. #thisis40.”
 
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40 and feeling so humbled and blessed. There is not a single day that I take for granted, especially during these times when we are all reminded of the things that truly matter. For my birthday this year, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend it than with some of the people who have helped shaped me into the woman I am today. Before COVID, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment. 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. We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. 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. #thisis40

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Even with Kardashian's acknowledgment about the ongoing pandemic, people were not impressed. It’s one thing to use your millions to celebrate during a pandemic, but sharing pictures online was a step too far for many who are suffering. Not everyone was upset with Kardashian’s birthday event. Many defended the celebrity for her decision to use some of her massive wealth and provide jobs for the travel industry that has been decimated by COVID. Of course, it’s possible that Kardashian has privately made donations to various COVID relief organizations and has not posted about them. But during a time of so much universal suffering and unrest, Kim probably should have left her phone at home.[video_embed id='2064016']Before you go: Meet the cutest dancing couple on the internet[/video_embed]