A correspondent from “Newspaper Rock”, a Native American pop culture blog, wrote to Kim Kardashian’s mom Kris Jenner to tell her she was disappointed the reality TV star used the phrase “Indian giver” on “Good Morning America” earlier this month.
The comment came in response to a GMA host asking Jenner if her daughter, Kim Kardashian, would be returning an expensive engagement ring to soon-to-be ex-husband Kris Humphries. “I hate an Indian giver, don’t you? It’s a gift … keep your gift, ” Jenner responded.
An excerpt from the letter “Newspaper Rock’s” correspondent Tara J. Ryan sent to Jenner that also includes criticism about her other daughter Kourtney, who dressed up in an Indian chief costume recently:
As you well know by now, our community and even before you made the tasteless and thoughtless “Indian Giver” comment, are disappointed to say the least with your ignorance and cavalier manner in such public forums with regard to our community.
At the very least, since you are on the air nearly 24/7 right now and our children, families, etc. can’t get away from Kardashian images even when we want to, a real, genuine, public apology is in order, with some in depth explanation as to how your family could possibly be so out of touch given your past and present reality. This is a sooner rather than later, immediate action suggestion. As my experience in PR isn’t just because I felt like doing it one day…it’s been over 15 years in the making, with high honors and a degree, a family in entertainment and broadcasting from birth, this one isn’t going to just “go away”.
In a direct email to Ryan, Jenner responds, defensively:
From: “Kris Jenner”
Date: 11/04/2011 06:56 AM
To: “Tara J. Ryan”
Subject: Re: This week’s events, some thoughts to ponder
Hi Tara..thank you very much for the very well written note re my careless remarks yesterday on GMA…I am truly sorry if I offended anyone with something I said and I certainly had no intention of hurting or offending anyone…I am probably the least judgmental person you will ever meet, and never would make fun of anyone, of any race….I was asked a question on the spot and because of my dry sarcastic personality I was apparently trying to find a bit of levity in a really tough situation. I was on a book tour in nyc that was booked several months ago and never expected to be thrust into the media storm that occurred but nevertheless would do anything for my kids. obviously not an ideal situation and I’m sorry that careless remark came out of my mouth…I grew up in the 60’s and in school it was a silly think kids would say if you took back a gift etc and I’m sure kids never gave it a second thought as to the kind of pain it could cause…but I get it and profusely apologize…I also feel so bad that you take offense of my daughter and grandson and their costumes…I think you can look at something real negative, or the glass half full..I always choose the glass half full because its so much more productive. Kourtney loves fashion and I assure you its a compliment that she is inspired by the indian community and the amazing native style…my grandson wears moccasins almost every day because she likes the way they look…I would look at that at a nod and smile rather than she is trying to poke fun…just another way of looking at it…I am saddened to hear that you might be one of those people who believe everything you read about my daughters decision to separate from her husband. Think about it…obviously something must have happened to have her make this type of decision. I’m sorry you are disappointed but maybe take a step back and use common sense and not judge someone else unless you are walking in their shoes…Just trying to do my best…God Bless you! And thanks for the email..Kris
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Rob at Newspaper Rock says Jenner’s apology is decent but is quick to point out Jenner “undermined it by not acknowledging a worse offense–her daughters dressing as stereotypical Indian chiefs and maidens.”