Is Kim Kardashian’s Activism Making a Real Difference?


The term “social justice warrior” gets thrown out a lot these days as an insult, but Kim Kardashian West actually fits the bill.

She’s mostly been fighting for inmates incarcerated on non-violent drug charges to be released, and so far her track record is pretty impressive.

That’s not the only fight she’s taken on as an activist recently–but some of her efforts have been more successful than others.

Released from Life Behind Bars

Momolu Stewart and Kim Kardashian

Kim’s latest victory was getting Momolu Stewart, a 39-year-old inmate who was sentenced to life in prison for murder when he was just 16, released.

He’s been in prison since 1999, but now a judge has ruled that should be a free man. His release is part of the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act, which allows juveniles who were tried as adults to petition for a reduced sentence.

She became interested in his case while learning about the Georgetown University Prison Scholars Program.

Stewart’s story will be featured on the Oxygen TV special Kim Kardashian West: The Justice Project.

The title kind of makes her sound like a superhero, and honestly that label isn’t too far off.

Kim is Reuniting Families

Earlier this summer we learned that Kim had been working behind the scenes to help free 17 prisoners who had been handed unfair sentences.

Many of these inmates were given life sentences for non-violent drug charges, but now they are reunited with their families.

Kim used her influence as a celebrity, as well as her deep pockets, to push for criminal justice reform. As an advocate, Kim has been a major factor in bringing attention to these cases.

And now that she’s studying to pass the bar exam–although don’t expect her to become a practicing auto accident attorney or anything–she might be able to do even more.

The One Prisoner She Can’t Save

Brendan Dassey

However, despite offering to get involved, Kim was unable to make an impression on the Wisconsin governor overseeing Brendan Dassey’s appeal.

If that name sounds familiar, it’s because he was the 16-year-old charged with Teresa Halbach’s 2005 murder along with his uncle, Steven Avery. The story became the focus of the Netflix special that blew up in popularity, Making a Murderer.

Dassey released a letter to Governor Evers in April of this year as part of his bid to be released from prison, listing his favorite things in an attempt to be seen as a person and not just an inmate.

Kim has been trying to push for an early release for Dassey, tweeting her support and sharing his letter. But Governor Evers isn’t interested in her opinion, promising only that Dassey’s appeal will receive a fair and thoughtful review just like anyone else.

Dissed By Greta Thunberg?

Earlier this week Kim became interested in supporting Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old Swedish climate activist who recently addressed the UN in a searing speech.

Kim called her a “brave and amazing young woman” and offered to help Greta’s parents boost their daughter’s social media presence. She’d also love to take the family out to dinner.

“I would really love to speak to her parents and to see how they’ve encouraged her. Did she always have that in her?” Kim told Reuters.

Somehow, I suspect Greta won’t be taking her up on that offer–she already has nearly 3 million Instagram followers without any help from a Kardashian.