When Kendall Jenner handed a police officer a can of soda as part of her Pepsi protest march ad last April, the faux pas served a disastrous blow to her reputation. And no matter how much Kris Jenner apologized or the family tried to sweep the entire fiasco under the carpet, Jenner's insensitive appropriation of racial tension and the Black Lives Matter movement didn't go unnoticed.
And months on, it appears that there's no chance of it ever being forgotten either, all thanks to #KimKardashian. With widespread condemnation towards the commercial reduced to a mere simmer over the summer, a recent interview with the reality TV star has riled up the controversy again merely by just talking about it.
During a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, she revealed that while Kendall was advised to keep relatively silent after the Pepsi ad outrage, she was nothing but that behind closed doors. According to Kim, the oldest of the two Jenner sisters was absolutely devastated and "at home crying." She said:
"We're not perfect, but you see these things in the media, like Kendall and her Pepsi ad, where I see her at home crying. But in the media she looks another way because she's not addressing it."
The mother-of-two then revealed that she had urged her little sister to address the issue, or at least let her emotions show on their reality TV show Keeping Up with the Kardashians:
"I'm just like, 'This is wrong. You need to speak up.' She [Kendall] was like, 'I don't ever want to show that footage of me crying.' She was trying to not make excuses or be dramatic, but that was what she was going through at the time."
Momager Kris also chimed in, defending Kendall's decision to not address her involvement in Pepsi's ad, despite the fact she was issued a public apology by the company:
"There are moments when it's hard to leave something in because it's vulnerable and it exposes us to a deeper level of emotion, and sometimes that's hard to share."
Who knows though? Perhaps the supermodel will find the courage to finally speak up during E!'s 10-year anniversary KUWTK special with Ryan Seacrest? The episode airs in September.
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(Source: The Hollywood Reporter)