Kim Kardashian West isn’t forcing anyone to listen to what she has to say or to come hear her speak. After causing an uproar among some members of the prestigious Commonwealth Club of California, Kardashian West remained unfazed during her guest appearance at the public forum.
“I haven’t really seen the reactions, but it’s a voluntary thing you can show up to, so if you’re not into it then do something else. Don’t show up,” said Kardashian West. She spoke to MarketWatch ahead of her speech Tuesday night and gave an epic "take it or leave it" response.
The reality star -- who has turned into a social media maven, fashion and beauty icon -- was invited by InForum, a division of the highbrow Commonwealth Club. The group was formed to attract a younger, hip and contemporary membership to the club. InForum Director Caroline Moriarity Sacks has spoken to several media outlets to defend the choice of Kardashian West as an invited speaker.
“We’re all about provocative discussion. That’s what we do. We embrace it,” said Sacks. Kardashian West’s appearance has certainly provoked a heated discussion among members of the club. The Commonwealth Club’s official Facebook page has exploded with both negative and positive feedback since the announcement was made.
Regardless of the negative feedback, Kardashian West addressed a near-capacity crowd at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco. Even though the main premise of the appearance was to speak about her book “Selfish” and to do a book signing, Kardashian West ended up speaking about a host of other important topics.
According to a recap by Britain's Daily Mail, the 45-minute discussion with retired state judge LaDoris Cordell touched on a range of topics. Kardashian West spoke about dealing with racism and teaching her children about it. She also discussed gun control, same-sex marriage and feminism.