We're all aware that the Kardashians live a life that is incomparable to that of the general population. Lavish holidays, expensive dinners, sprawling mansions and a lineup of private jets are just a few of the luxuries that one of the world's most famous families can afford, but what they don't realise, is that other people (and the planet) are paying for it.
In a recent Instagram post, Kylie shared a photo of herself and boyfriend Travis Scott intertwined in front of two private jets.
'you wanna take mine or yours ?' the caption read, referring to the insane fact that they both have private planes at their disposal.
The comments, unsurprisingly, were unforgiving.
'Global warming who ? 🌍' one person asked.
'girl what am i recycling for' wrote another, while someone else remarked, 'But it's us who must use paper straws 😩.'
They all have a point. It's the general population who are repeatedly chastised for not doing enough to save the planet, but it's the 1% who get away with doing the most damage. Jenner was accused of bragging about her blatant disregard for environmental conscientiousness, with the negative environmental impact of private planes considered higher than that of commercial planes.
Of course, once the internet gets on a roll with something, there's no stopping it. The investigation into Jenner's private jet usage didn't stop there, with Twitter account 'Celebrity Jet's uncovering that her plane had been used for flights as short as 3 minutes. We know she's not heading to the grocery store, because The Kardashians proved that she never does her own shopping.
While it's unclear whether or not Kylie was actually on the plane, records show that it flew from Camarillo, California, to Van Nuys, California, earlier this month. Worse still, the journey would have taken just 40 minutes by car... so why not drive? The same account also discovered that Kylie regularly takes flights amounting to less than 15 minutes on a regular basis, and when private jets have been found to emit two tons of CO2 in just one hour, it's no wonder people are horrified.
In May 2021, Transport & Environment reported that private planes are 5 -14 times more polluting than commercial planes.
Kylie Air, which cost the makeup mogul, USD$72.8 million a few years ago, comes with an oversized entertainment space, huge amounts of closet room and a master suite. Her sister Kim Kardashian recently showed off her recently refurbished private jet, Kim Air, which featured cashmere and light wood detailing.
And on some level, we do get it. Celebrities find it difficult to travel commercially. Just imagine the level of mobbing they'd receive at the airport trying to check their luggage in, or being bombarded for selfie requests throughout the entire duration of the flight. There's no level of first-class that could protect them from any of those realities, so having their own plane is a safer, more practical choice.
That being said, using said plane as a replacement for road travel is not practical nor reasonable. It's taking their privilege to an entirely new, unacceptable level, with no consideration for any of the impacts it might have on other people or the planet.
Surprisingly, Kylie hasn't taken down the original post and she hasn't made any public comments to mitigate the backlash. She has however, posted a TikTok of herself pushing daughter Stormi and two nieces Chicago West and True Thompson through Target, shopping for toys. It feels like a misguided bid to prove that she's somehow still relatable, but her motives are as transparent as glass.
We don't need her to be relatable, we need her to be respectful.
Sometimes the Kardashians' lack of awareness can be semi amusing, like Kendall not knowing how to cut a cucumber or Kris Jenner comparing a drive-in car wash to having the same novelty as Disneyland. It's something we can snort and roll our eyes at, because at the end of the day, it's not doing any real damage.
This on the other hand, this is doing real damage. While the majority of the world is currently experiencing a cost of living crisis, Kylie's private jet extravaganza feels like a major slap in the face. Please, do better.