November 10, 2011

Media covers Jenner's apology

My posting on Kris Jenner's apology for using the phrase "Indian giver" has gained some media traction.

First to report the news was the Perez Hilton gossip website. Alas, it didn't attribute the item to Newspaper Rock, although that was clearly the source. Fortunately, other media outlets had more integrity.

Kris Jenner Apologizes To Native American Community For Indian Giver Comments!The Kardashian Klan just kan't seem to katch a break!

Not only were many members of the public outraged with Kris Jenner's appearance on Good Morning America, on which she spewed a whole lot of reasons why Kim Kardashian's 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries was NOT a joke, but a majority of the Native American community was deeply offended by her usage of the term "Indian Giver" in regards to the soon-to-be-ex taking back his engagement ring!

Publicist Tara J. Ryan sent the reality momager an e-mail asking her to make a public apology for saying such a hurtful thing on national television, as well as daughter Kourtney's Pochahontas costume on the Halloween episode of Dancing With The Stars, and she replied with the following:

From: "Kris Jenner"
Date: 11/04/2011 06:56 AM
To: "Tara J. Ryan"
Subject: Re: This week's events, some thoughts to ponder
The Daily Shuffle:  Kris Jenner Issues An Apology

By Hannah LawrenceBefore we knew Kim Kardashian was planning on keeping her $2 million engagement ring instead of giving it back to Kris Humphries, Kris Jenner suggested to Lara Spencer on Good Morning America that she hoped her daughter would keep the ring because she "hates Indian Givers." But it looks like she didn't want to take any more crap for her comments because she has since written to Tara Ryan, who's in charge of a Native American arts and entertainment company, and kind of apologized. --Newspaper RockJenner Responds to ‘Indian Giver’ BacklashKris Jenner, momager to the Kardashians, responded to an e-mail request from Tara J. Ryan, who asked her to publicly apologize for using the racist term “Indian giver” during a November 3 episode of Good Morning America.

Ryan, the Chickasaw/Choctaw president and owner of Tiger Lily Co.—a Native American arts and entertainment organization—took the time to contact Jenner directly pointing out not only the racist term but her daughter Kourtney Kardashian’s Pocahontas costume.

“A family of people in this case, specifically two persons, who very publicly on National television in one week, in the very month that is supposed to be a teaching and learning month that is National Native American Heritage month (November) are in a ‘bubble’ of ignorance, especially ridiculous since you are surrounded by so many people of color and your children and late ex-husband are of Armenian descent,” Ryan wrote to Jenner November 3 according to Newspaper Rock. She went on to ask Jenner for a “real, genuine public apology.”

Jenner responded saying she is “truly sorry” and that she “had no intention of hurting or offending anyone.” She chalked up the comment to being put on the spot and said “because of my dry sarcastic personality I was apparently trying to find a bit of levity in a really tough situation.”
Comment:  I wouldn't exactly call sending an e-mail "issuing an apology." But I suspect Jenner knew that people would share and report on her message.

For more on the Kardashians, see Khloe Kardashian Thinks She's Native and Khloe Kardashian in a Headdress.

Below:  "Kris Jenner, mother of Kim Kardashian, was interviewed on Fox & Friends Thursday, November 3." (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


Tara J. Ryan said...

I know what you mean Rob, I even saw one that "reported" that I was Kris Jenner's publicist!!! The majority after Perez, have been good though, I made a few comments and emails here and there to people who weren't sourcing you properly, and whether or not that helped, the tide turned at any rate.

What I've found most problematic, however, is that our own people have been fighting amongst each other...that's the worst thing we can do here. We do that, they win...every ignorant person wins. Agree to disagree intelligently, absolutely, but divide and conquer, the old saying is so true, those who don't learn from history...

We can't fight off fools, if either agressively in a passive aggressive manner, we are fighting each other. We're all human first, and here to do different things, otherwise, we would have been created as clones or lemmings.

Thank you for posting the blog originally, taking nothing out of context, and even where you and I may slightly disagree on fine points, still being honorable in transparent reporting.


Tara J. Ryan

Tara J. Ryan said...

Example of a point where Rob and I don't agree, after dealing with her, I'm certain that she had no idea that Native Americans even had blogs or media coverage of our own, was certain that I wouldn't post anything, is just convinced she's a "too big to fail" "media mogul" and was surprised to find that all untrue.

Newspaper Rock'ed her world (pun intended), whether she liked it or not, and I fully believe, she didn't she it coming at all. The more arrogant a person is, the way she thinks the world revolves around her and her family, in her mind, who would ever listen to a Native? I still think she's in a "bubble" of ignorance, but I also know that people give her "intelligence" and strategic maneuvering more credit than it is due.

To readers of this comment I suggest a Google of "Kardashian" and "cease and desist" order...and things of that nature. You'll find, she's been this out of touch with reality for a long time, but has seemingly gotten away with many things as they didn't hit a big public forum. Now that it's all coming crashing down, the other things she wished would stay buried, or just assumed would, are coming out in droves.

All my best,

Tijer Lily Co (he couldn't even get that spelling right, but you did)