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Kim Kardashian responds to ‘get up and work’ backlash insisting she was ‘taken out of context

Kim Kardashian has addressed the backlash she received over her harsh comments earlier this month that women in business need to “get their f***ing a** up and work”.

The 41 year old discussed the wide negative response over her remarks as she promoted her upcoming Kardashians Hulu show in an interview for Good Morning America with anchor Robin Roberts on Monday.

In a clip released by Variety magazine of the mogul mid shoot with sisters Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, and momager Kris Jenner, Kim complained that “nobody wants to work these days” and added harshly women need to “get their f***ing a** and work”.

The comment quickly went viral online as users condemned the reality star for her words and was even incorporated in a joke by Academy Awards hosts Regina Hall and Wanda Sykes at the ceremony on Sunday evening.

Kim said that her remarks were “taken out of context” as she spoke to Robin, 61, about the Variety interview in an effort to clear herself up publicly.

'”That statement that I said was without questions and conversations around it, and it became a soundbite really with no context," the SKIMS founder said.


Kim continued to say that she was previously asked how she managed to sustain a 20-year career in business after being known to be “famous for being famous”, which caused her to swiftly change her attitude in the interview.

“The question right before was, "After 20 years of being in the business, you're famous for being famous." And my whole tone and attitude changed with the previous question that went into that question about what advice would you give to women,” she said.

Kim explained that she was trying to make clear that achieving a successful career off of social media can happen "if you put in a lot of hard work", as she attempted to clear her point up better during the GMA interview.

“The advice that I would give is just that, having a social media presence and being on a reality show does not mean overnight success,” she said.

“You have to really work hard to get there, even if it might seem like it's easy and that you can build a really successful business off social media.”

The clip ended with the TV star apologising for her ill comments as she added: '”It wasn't a blanket statement towards women or to feel like I don't respect their work or think that they don't work hard. I know that they do.

“It was taken out of context but I'm really sorry if it was received that way.”

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