Khloé Kardashian Defends Kim's Birthday Trip: "It's Her 40th"

"I want Kim to focus on how beautiful it was and what she did for everybody," she told Ellen DeGeneres.

Kim Kardashian West is one of the most famous women in the world, so it's a given that just about every move she makes garners a lot of attention. And it does so especially when she shares it on her social media accounts. Earlier this week, Kardashian, who has 67.1 million Twitter followers and 190 million Instagram followers, made a post about her birthday party that was immediately met with widespread backlash, as well as a meme that took over Twitter. Appearing on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, Kim's sister Khloé Kardashian defended her extravagant 40th birthday trip, for which Kim flew her family and friends out to an island to celebrate. "I want Kim to focus on how beautiful it was and what she did for everybody," Khloé explained, speaking about critics who found the posts to be careless and unfeeling in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here's why those critics were so upset by the posts—and what else the youngest Kardashian sister had to say in the family's defense. And for other news among the Kardashians, check out Kanye West's Response to Jennifer Aniston's Comment About Voting for Him.

Kardashian West posted about her destination birthday.

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In a thread of tweets with professionally shot photos of herself and other revelers, Kardashian West revealed how she celebrated the milestone year:

"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.

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The backlash was swift.

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Critics took Kardashian West to task for blasting these photos, which showcase her immense wealth, out to her hundreds of millions of followers. As of press time, over 228,000 Americans have died of COVID and more than 4.9 million Americans are unemployed. The pandemic is projected to plunge an additional 150 million people globally into "extreme poverty." And the disease has been found to disproportionately affect people of color and low-income populations.

"Wow so fun my family still hasn't met my six month old baby but I'm glad you're rich!" one user replied.

"Yep, the things that 'truly matter' are a private island, a jet full of friends you can take, a designer dress worth thousands, and lots of photos of it all to show the rest of the world what they cannot do while they struggle to survive a pandemic," another wrote.

Then the meme took off.

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Twitter users latched on to one of Kardashian West's tweets in particular and started using it to caption photos from all sorts of movies and TV shows.

"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," they copied and pasted, sharing shots of things like Lost, The BeachShutter IslandMidsommar, the infamous Fyre Festival, and many more moments in pop culture.

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Kardashian West seemed to respond…indirectly.

Kim Kardashian

Sharing more photos from her private island trip, Kardashian West tweeted on Wednesday, "Now that I have your attention…this a reminder to VOTE. 6 days." Her husband Kanye West is running for president and has encouraged voters to write him in in states where he's not on the ballot.

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Khloé Kardashian spoke out in support of her sister.

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Khloé, who was herself sick with the coronavirus earlier this year, addressed the criticism on Ellen.

"I haven't heard a lot about [the criticism]," she told the host, "but I did hear that people were upset that we all went out of town…I don't really know the extent of it, but this year is a frustrating year. I get it. I think there's so many frustrations going on for everybody, but also, it's her 40th. This is something she really wanted to do for us." Khloé added that she wants her older sister to "to focus on how beautiful it was and what she did for everybody."

"I don't want [the backlash] to overshadow the greatness that happened," she said.

The Kardashian sister also rationalized the trip by talking about the private island staff who served the group. "So many people said that we were their first party or guests that they've had in months and what it's done for them to be able to pay their bills or do stuff for their family," Khloé said. "Just hearing those messages when we were there, we felt really good."

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