Reality TV star, Kim Kardashian West has sparked media outrage by some Catholics over the latest update to her Kimoji collection.
On Thursday night, the 36-year-old took to her Kimoji Instagram account to reveal the newest addition to the collection: the “Kim candle” (herself as Virgin Mary).
The Kimoji debuted in a tryptic, each post distorted in a slightly different manner: one very pixelated, one blurring in-and-out of frame, another breaking into psychedelic copies and moving around the square-shaped screen.
Unlike many of her emojis that exist only in the messaging app, this one has been given a real-life update, as she’s selling the “Kim Candle,” complete with her Virgin Mary–inspired likeness on the front. It is available in real, tangible, candle form — and will ship in one week for the price of $18.
Though the mother of two touted her candle on social media, some of her fans deemed it offensive and weren’t so receptive to her new merchandise, calling the candle sacrilegious, distasteful, disrespectful of Christian culture and appropriating the veladoras of Latinx culture.
Social media users have taken to various forums like Twitter and Instagram to vent their anger over the “Kim Candle” with some saying they were “disappointed” with her decision to release the product.
On Instagram, many users have flooded her account with the hashtag #christiansboycottkimoji. Hear them:
“Disgusting! As a Christian I’m truly offended. If you knew who the Virgin MARY was and represented you would actually be embarrassed.”
“I’m Catholic we use candles with images of saints, the Virgin Mary etc. For prayer for healing and other reasons. #disapointed #disrepectful,” another Twitter user wrote.
More so, the Catholic League has blasted Kim Kardashian for also making a fashion statement in addition to her Kimoji merchandise collection by wearing a see-through mini-dress featuring an image of the Virgin Mary between her breasts.
Kardashian’s dress which she wore while filming “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” in West Hollywood last week Wednesday, was designed by Dolce & Gabbana. Condemning her actions in a statement, the group said:
“We’ve never seen any indication that Kim Kardashian venerates the Blessed Virgin Mary — she is a former porn star — so her latest headline-grabbing stunt can only be seen as exploitative.”
On the “Kim Candle” the Catholic League noted that the awkward placement of the candle on Kardashian’s website “between two other items for sale: a ‘fireweed sock’ and an ‘ass tray’; the former celebrates marijuana use and the latter is a photo of her bare mammoth behind.” However, Kim is yet to comment on the controversy.
Moreover, Kim’s husband, Kanye West just recently released a line of jewellery under his Yeezy label that depicted religious imagery in a way that he felt was an authentic representation.
The pendants boast religious imagery from the inspiring art, and there are bracelets and rings with more streamlined shapes and classic knotted designs. The collection is “inspired by 14th-century Florentine art, such as Donatello’s bas-relief portraits, and evoke a classical romance.”