Social media users have slammed Kim Kardashian for “borrowing clothes from the dead” after her eldest daughter, North West, wore Michael Jackson’s hat on Halloween.
In videos shared on TikTok, the nine-year-old was seen dressed as a pop star in the music video for his 1988 hit single, ‘Smooth Criminal’.
To complete the outfit, North donned the exact white fedora hat Jackson wore during the video.
Kardashian bought the hat, alongside one of Jackson’s jackets, at a California auction in 2019. At the time, she revealed the memorabilia still featured the singer’s makeup.
The Halloween costume drew backlash from social media users. Some claimed Kardashian was showing off a “pattern” of clothes from deceased personalities after she recently wore Marilyn Monroe’s Jean Louis dress to the Met Gala.
“I find it so disrespectful. Not everything should be a costume or worn for entertainment. Leave them alone people’s clothes,” one person wrote.
Another said: “Is this real? If so first Marilyn Monroe now MJ… @KimKardashian why are you so weird and disrespectful.
A third person wrote, “Does anyone else think this is very weird @KimKardashian still wearing or trying to wear dead people’s clothes?”
One user joked, “Kim should have been Tomb Raider for Halloween as she stole all those dead’s belongings.”
In the latest episode of The Kardashiansthe SKIMS founder revealed she “begged” Ripley’s Believe It Or Not Museum to allow her to wear the dress.
In a chat with her sisters, Kourtney and Khloe, Kardashian said she initially got permission after trying out and integrating a prototype.
However, the offer was rescinded due to concerns about damage to the dress when she was unable to fit the original on her hips.
“I wrote them a creepy, pleading email, but they were very firm. They were like, ‘We can’t get insurance. I say to myself, ‘We will take the insurance’. I have the answer to everything. They’re just like, ‘No, we can’t,’” she explained.
Kardashian was then allowed to wear the dress after losing 16 pounds to fit into the design.
The Independent has contacted representatives for Kim Kardashian for comment.