Kim Kardashian‘s famous lawyer father Robert Kardashian died in 2003 — long before his daughters became household names and before, of course, his widow, married Olympian Bruce Jenner. To say a lot has happened since is like saying Kanye West is confident: it’s an understatement. But a recent post by Kardashian, usually a focused marketer with a coherent message, is alarming. On her website and on Twitter/Instagram, Kim shared a photo of her infant son, Saint West. Rare, yes, but not the strangest thing for a superceleb with a famous baby to do. But here’s the caption:
“Today is my dad’s birthday. I know there’s nothing more in the world he would have wanted than to meet his grandchildren. So I wanted to share this pic of Saint with you all.”
It’s a lovely remembrance of her father, acknowledging the human side of the big-time lawyer. But it doesn’t make too much sense, really. Does Kim think her father’s spirit is hanging around on the Internet? (Is she prepping for an appearance on Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry?) The real question is about the disconnect: is showing her son’s photo to 100 million strangers something like introducing the child to his grandfather? Because that’s what this post implies. Kardashian is usually right on message, and this message seems off, ill-considered — even lazy, which she just isn’t. So what does it mean? Kardashian has demonstrated purpose — for better or worse — in almost everything she’s done. This move remains a mystery for now.
SAINT WEST pic.twitter.com/SzLYRjhHfK
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) February 22, 2016