"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.
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.
Hereâ€™s a video of Kim Kardashian calling people the R word because they donâ€™t who she is for Halloween. She also uses the word â€œanorexicâ€ as a compliment. This is not Okay.
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.
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