Yikes! An Israeli Ultra-Orthodox Jewish website refused to acknowledge Kim Kardashian by name this week, and even strategically removed her image from its news site on grounds that the reality star is a “pornographic symbol.”
On Wednesday, April 15, Kikar HaShabbat‘s editor Nissim Ben Haim explained why a recent image of Kardashian, dining with her husband Kanye West and Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat, was altered to conceal her entirely.
Haim wrote that the paper opted to remove Kardashian’s photo because the 34-year-old star goes against traditional Ultra-Orthodox values as a “pornographic symbol.” The article (translated from Hebrew to English) elaborated, “Within the insular Ultra-Orthodox community, pictures of women often aren’t shown out of modesty.”
In addition to the cropped photo, the article’s editors also refused to mention Kardashian’s name, referring to her as “Kanye West’s wife” throughout the piece.
Still, Kardashian wasn’t the only one skewered by the local news site on Wednesday. Mayor Barkat was also blasted as “insensitive” by the website for taking the stars to a non-kosher restaurant without being mindful of “the majority of city residents who keep kosher.”
It was noted that the mayor did not partake in the non-kosher portions of the meal, which included dishes like buttered chicken au gratin.
Barkat later posted a photo with the superstars on Facebook, writing, “Raising a glass to Jerusalem with Kim Kardashian and Kanye West! I asked them to serve as Jerusalem’s ambassadors and spread the word that Jerusalem is an open city and welcomes everyone.”
Aside from the cropped photo situation, Kardashian and West’s visit to the Holy Land was highlighted by the baptism of their 22-month-old daughter North. Kardashian, West, and Khloe also visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which is believed to be the site of Jesus Christ’s crucifixion, burial, and resurrection.
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