I've said it before and I'll say it again, identity politics is not an excuse for being a shitty person. Time and time again she uses her gender identity to shield herself from perfectly valid criticism. The actual method in which she employs her platform does nothing for trans rights or gender equality, but instead reinforces the abusive and misogynist power structures that she's gleefully playing into.
This is why it bothers me when people act like her Grammy is some sort of diversity win. She's rewarded for playing ball with toxic, powerful men and while doing so is tokenized for her identity in saying she's breaking down barriers, when in truth she is rigidly upholding the status quo.
This tea though.
Also, playing the "b-but she's trans" card infantilizes trans people, which is way more offensive than calling her frumpy. Cringey white liberals have done this with black people too, acting like we need to be shielded from criticism because we are minorities. I'm thinking, "No, fucking call us out when we fuck up." It's only when people call us out more
than the dominant culture or with more intensity (kind of like the Beyonce Dubai situation) that it gets racist. Same thing with Kim's subject position.
Kim has been called out but for obvious fucked up reasons, she gets more leeway than say...Azealia Banks (of course I'm talking about the backlash they've gotten outside of PJ). People are happy to call her a monster whereas there's this weird reluctance when it comes to Kim. Her career has not been shut off and marginalized in the same way. Let's not forget that Kim has benefited from some degree of privilege as well.
Also, Sam giving Kim the opportunity that he did was wrong. People should not feature her until she apologizes for her behavior.