Dear Pamela Geller…Kim Kardashian’s Abaya is Really Not a Form of Cultural Jihad

In her latest disillusioned rant, Pamela Geller attacks Kim Kardashian, who is in Dubai this week to launch her fragrance at Sephora, and promote the opening of Millions of Milkshakes at Dubai Mall.

“Instead of being a role model and standing for free, empowered women, she [Kim] donned the cloth coffin and went around looking like a sack of potatoes. What an ass,” wrote Geller earlier this morning.

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Apparently, Geller would rather have the reality star strutting around the Arab city in skintight dresses with plunging necklines to represent “free, empowered women.”

I’m hardly a fan of Kim Kardashian myself, but found no faults with her decision to wear a traditional Arab abaya  and try on a niqab face covering yesterday. After all, she’s in the Middle East for the first time, and is simply embracing the culture. If she was visiting India and wore a sari, or wrapped herself in a toga during a trip to Rome, would it be an issue? Sure, it was likely another PR stunt (as is her entire trip to the Emirates), but nonetheless, it projects a positive, accommodating and cultured  image of the reality star—a change from the negativity she has represented in the media in the past. Geller may be forgetting that this “free and empowered woman” in particular, can accredit her boost to fame to a controversial sex tape scandal.

—-Which makes it more than slightly upsetting that Kim’s visit to Dubai has the city’s populace of young girls in such a frenzy.  According to reports on twitter, one girl was taken to the hospital while waiting for Kim to make her appearance at Dubai Mall. But the UAE’s obsession with Kim is another issue altogether.

Pamela Geller is the author of the book “Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance.” Jihad is a word used loosely and quite frequently by Geller, who would benefit in educating herself about Islam and the Middle East, instead of continuing to utilize her freedom of speech so unproductively.

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