Kim Kardashian West criticised over ‘tone-deaf’ social media post

Kim Kardashian West is facing a backlash for an "insensitive" post about a luxury holiday on a private island to celebrate her 40th birthday.

The reality TV star and businesswoman shared a series of pictures from the break on social media, saying she "surprised my inner circle" with the trip after two weeks of "multiple health screens".

In her caption for the post, Kardashian West said she is "feeling so humbled and blessed" as she listed some of the activities she and her famous family enjoyed during the holiday, including swimming near whales and kayaking.

Kardashian West acknowledged "this is something that is so far out of reach right now" for most people dealing with the pandemic and its financial fallout and said she is "humbly reminded of how privileged my life is".

She faced stiff criticism on social media for the "tone-deaf" post.

Veteran British musician Peter Frampton replied to Kardashian's post on Twitter and said: "Are you that insensitive you don't realise this is not what the majority of people during the worst covid spike yet want to hear? People are going to food banks not private islands."

One social media user said: "Good for you. I lost four months of pay, still tied up with unemployment and have seen a significant drop in future earnings. I'm helping my daughters with childcare and virtual school for my granddaughter. Still haven't gotten my 2019 tax return. Glad you had fun."

Another wrote it was "so tone deaf it's painful" while one described Kardashian West's post as "despicable".

The star also received the meme treatment. Many social media users put their own spin on Kardashian West's post, writing they surprised their "closest inner circle" while adding pictures from film, TV and music.

Examples included Mamma Mia!, Mad Men and Castaway.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: (L-R) Corey Gamble, Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian-West, Kanye West, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott arrive for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West attend The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kim Kardashian attends The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 6: Kim Kardashian West attends The Metropolitan Museum Of Art's 2019 Costume Institute Benefit "Camp: Notes On Fashion" at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out on the 2019 MET Gala day on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out on the 2019 MET Gala day on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West seen out on the 2019 MET Gala day on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives to The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image was converted to black and white) Kim Kardashian West attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City.(Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Media personality Kim Kardashian attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West is seen arriving to the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Media personality Kim Kardashian (L) and musician Kanye West attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Ray Tamarra/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West arrives for the 2019 Met Gala celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion - Arrivalsat The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian West attends The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes On Fashion - Arrivalsat The Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 6, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 06: Kim Kardashian attends the 2019 Met Gala Celebrating 'Camp: Notes on Fashion' at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 06, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/GC Images)
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