Kim Kardashian’s Saturday Night Live monologue took the internet by storm last weekend, with her jokes about O.J. Simpson in particular catching viewers off guard.
The KKW Beauty mogul delivered a bunch of unexpectedly harsh jokes during her SNL hosting debut, which surprised fans and viewers worldwide.
Kim began by speaking about her father’s influence on her work fighting racial injustice before going on to joke about Simpson, who was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend Ron Goldman. Both were stabbed to death outside Nicole's home.
“It’s because of [my father] that I met my first Black person. Wanna take a stab in the dark at who it was?” Kim joked.
“I know it’s sort of weird to remember the first Black person you met, but O.J. does leave a mark — or several, or none at all, I still don’t know,” she went on.
In fact, the pair had been so close that Kris paid tribute to her friend by giving Kendall Jenner the middle name "Nicole" when she was born a year after the murders.
“I really hate how Kim said that joke about OJ on SNL,” one viewer tweeted. “A woman being murdered should not be mocked and is not funny at alllll.”
“I don't understand the intent of the O.J. jokes,” another said. “Kim's mother was close friends with Nicole. Also Nicole's murder is obviously still a sore subject for her family.”
And many of the outraged viewers were left wondering how the jokes would be received by both Nicole's family and by her and Simpson's children, who were just 8 and 5 when she died.
“Imagine how Nicole Brown’s family must feel, or OJ Simpsons children who lost their mother,” one person tweeted.
“Kim Kardashian OJ jokes, not funny to the family of Nicole Brown,” echoed another.
Well, Nicole's family has now addressed the jokes, with her sister, Tanya Brown, calling Kim out for the "insensitive" material.
According to TMZ, Tanya said that Kim’s jokes about Simpson were in “poor taste” and that it was “shocking” to watch and hear the audience laughing along.
Tanya allegedly went on to call the jokes “beyond inappropriate” and maintained that Kim should have refused to make light of the topic. She insinuated that the SNL writers — who have joked about O.J. Simpson on numerous occasions in the past — had been behind the jokes.
TMZ also claimed that Tanya was left questioning how much the Kardashians really cared about Nicole considering how close Nicole and Kris Jenner were.
Tanya’s comments were quickly met with abundant support from viewers, who took to Twitter to express their sympathy for her.
“I can understand why Nicole Brown’s sister was upset,” one user tweeted. “Kim’s mother was good friends with Nicole. Kim knew her. To make a joke about the stabbing murder of someone you and your family were supposed to be close to? That’s actually pretty cruel.”
“[Tanya] does have a point … it must be awful to constantly hear jokes about your sisters death,” wrote another.
Kim’s controversial jokes about Simpson were especially surprising given that she’s rarely ever commented publicly on the trial out of respect for his children.
“[O.J.] and Nicole's kids are all so amazing... I just have respect for them,” Kim explained in an appearance on Jonathan Cheban’s podcast in 2019. “Their lives must be extremely hard to really go through that. So, I always try to keep to myself on that issue and not bring anything up for them.”
And just last year, Kim opened up about how the whole experience of the trial — which saw her parents constantly fighting over being on opposing sides — “tore [her] family apart.”
At the time, Kim even refused to share her opinion on the case. “I’ve never expressed how I've felt about that because I just respect his children,” she said.