"I try to learn from my mistakes and this is one of those times," Kim Kardashian West said in a statement.

  • Kim Kardashian West used the R-word in a recent video on her Instagram story, which she quickly deleted.
  • According to TMZ, she used the word to describe guests who couldn't recognise her Halloween costume.
  • Kardashian West issued a statement to TMZ to apologise for being "inappropriate and insensitive to the special needs community."


Kim Kardashian West has apologised for using the R-word in a video on her Instagram story.

"I want to apologise for what I said in a recent video post that is inappropriate and insensitive to the special needs community," Kardashian West said in a statement provided to TMZ.

"I try to learn from my mistakes and this is one of those times," she continued. "Please know that my intention is always pure, and in this case, it was a mistake. I'm sorry."

TMZ reported that Kardashian West used the word to describe guests who didn't recognise her costume at Kendall Jenner's Halloween-themed birthday party Wednesday night. Kardashian West was dressed as Pamela Anderson at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards.

Kardashian West was audibly frustrated that the young party attendees had no idea who she was.

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Indeed, she thoroughly documented this frustration on her Instagram story - and though she quickly deleted the video in which she said the R-word, it was captured by fans on Twitter.

The word is widely considered an ableist slur.

As TMZ pointed out, many communities have spoken out about why it's inappropriate to use the word, as it "essentially uses a serious condition as an insult."

Fans and critics alike were "disgusted" and "disappointed" with Kardashian West's choice of words.

Back in July, Kardashian West's sister Khloe Kardashian found herself embroiled in the exact same outrage when she used the R-word on Instagram Live. She also apologised and promised that she would "do better."


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