Picturing Kendall Jenner stopping a fashion shoot to join a protest IRL like in that terrible Pepsi ad requires a bit of imagination considering you can count the number of times she’s spoken out about causes on one hand. The same goes for other members of the Kardashian/Jenner clan.
Kendall and Pepsi were rightfully dragged over the ad that dropped Tuesday that showed her joining a vague protest filled with diverse young people and suggested Pepsi just might be the thing to save us from all our problems.
Despite whatever intentions Kendall may have had when agreeing to take a bunch of money to star in the tone-deaf ad, being political isn’t part of her family’s brand. We did some digging and rounded up the times any of the sisters (and momager Kris) have used their platforms to support political movements in recent years. It’s a small showing, really, minus Kim Kardashian’s pro-Hillary Clinton and anti-police violence tweets.
Kim Kardashian has by far been the most politically active family member on social media. She, alongside most of the family, supported Clinton during the presidential campaign.
But as far the rest of the clan goes (excluding Caitlyn Jenner who supported Donald Trump), Kim has been the only one to take things a step further than the presidential election.
So sad! The senate voted against background checks being needed to buy guns. So terrorists on fbi’s wanted lists can legally still buy guns
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) June 21, 2016
Whether retweeting tweets about transgender rights, police brutality, supporting gun control legislation or throwing shade at President Donald Trump’s travel ban, Kim has participated in national conversations on social media.
Additionally, the media mogul has gone beyond a mere 140 characters or Instagram post to share more information about other issues. To bring awareness to Armenian genocide denial, Kim wrote on her website extensively criticizing the Wall Street Journal for running an ad denying the genocide. Her post eventually appeared in a full page ad in The New York Times, paid for by supporters of the Armenian Educational Foundation.
Kim wrote a similar letter in a blog post about #BlackLivesMatter following the deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile in 2016.
“I want my children to grow up knowing that their lives matter. I do not ever want to have to teach my son to be scared of the police, or tell him that he has to watch his back because the people we are told to trust—the people who “protect and serve”—may not be protecting and serving him because of the color of his skin,” she wrote. “We must peacefully use the power of our voices and the strength of our numbers to demand changes in the judicial system so that brutality doesn’t ever go unpunished.”
Kourtney and Khloé
The oldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, stays away from speaking up politically, spare a post in support of Clinton. Khloé, has said she doesn’t think it’s her place to speak up about political issues.
“With politics I’ve learned to keep my opinions to myself, for once in my life. It’s not that I would never talk about it, but it’s that nobody cares about what I have to say about that,” she told New York Magazine.
All of this in the news today breaks my heart 💔
— Khloé (@khloekardashian) January 29, 2017
“It’s not going to sway anybody in any direction, and if so, they’re probably young kids that should do their own research about who they want to vote for,” she explained.
Despite her interest in supporting gun control laws, the closest Kendall has come to anything overtly political online recently was also her support for Clinton as well as calling on people to register to vote.
Beyond Clinton, the 21-year-old’s foray into any politics talk was limited to support of Black Eyed Peas’ “Where Is The Love?” campaign, and tweets that call upon prayers for places including Brussels, Paris, Lebanon and Baghdad.
Nineteen-year-old Kylie, on the other hand, is still realizing things and has stuck with spreading the word about … chemtrails. Maybe Kylie is trying to make tin hats fashionable?
As far as what the head of the household has to say, it’s been relatively mild. In case you hadn’t spotted a trend of Clinton-spurred commentary, Kris had something to say after the elections in 2016.
“Today we must continue to stand for what we believe in: love, acceptance, equality, fairness and respect for all,” she tweeted. “We mustn’t be divided. We must reach out & hold on to each other … To our friends, families, communities who share our common goals of unity, compassion & faith.”
Additionally, the matriarch has spoken up about conflicts around the world including Syria.
“My heart breaks for the families torn apart, the millions of children who deserve safety + peace, but are surrounded by death + destruction,” she tweeted before dropping links to places to donate.
But what about 2020?
When it comes to the 2020 presidential race, it’s safe to say most of them are on board with discussing possible candidates.
Who knows what 2020 will bring, but if anything, we can pray for no more “political” Pepsi ads until then.