Kim Kardashian Reacts to Blackface Incident at Vienna Ball on Keeping Up With the Kardashians: "Is This a Sick Joke?"
Remember back in February, when Kim Kardashian made an early exit from the Vienna Opera Ball after being harassed by a man in blackface pretending to be her then-fiance, Kanye West? The reality star didn't comment publicly on the incident at the time, but viewers got to see the whole ugly prank go down on the Sunday, June 29, episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
As seen on KUWTK, Kim and her mom, Kris Jenner, attended the annual society event as guests of Austrian businessman Richard Lugner. Upon arriving, the trio were immediately swarmed by photographers.
"There [are] about 5,000 people here," Kim said of the ball, which takes place every year at the Vienna State Opera. "There is a beautiful ballet going on, opera singers, dances. It is super glamorous...and super claustrophobic."
Kim is used to crowds, of course—but this one was different. As she posed for pictures with Lugner, she was confronted by jokester Chris Stephan, who wore a white tux, a top hat, and full blackface. "Kim, it's me!" he yelled. "It's me! Kanye!"
Kim was visibly shaken by the incident. "I can't believe there's this guy in full blackface," she said. "I just am so confused. I don't get why him or anyone else would find this funny."
"This is supposed to be some really nice, upscale event," she added. "Like, how did this guy get in? Is this just like a sick joke?"
Kris, 58, had a similar reaction, noting that she had never before felt so disrespected. "A guy in blackface? It's really uncomfortable and a little scary," she said in a confessional before launching into a brief explanation of the history of blackface. "To have somebody so ignorant come to such a beautiful event and spoil it for everyone is just taking a huge step backwards."