anne mikolay 2012 120

anne mikolay 2012 120When you’re in a bad mood, itching to criticize someone, look no further than Kim Kardashian or Donald Trump.

Up first: Kardashian. By now, the entire world knows Kim Kardashian was bound, gagged, and robbed in a Paris hotel suite. The thieves made off with millions of dollars, including a 20 carat, $4 million dollar engagement ring given to Kim by husband Kanye West. Let’s get the obvious out of the way: the woman is a victim of a heinous crime. Imagine how frightened she must have been! Despite how you may feel about her, you have to feel sorry for her. Nobody should go through that. This incident will likely haunt Kim Kardashian for the rest of her life. That being said, she may have brought the tragedy upon herself.

According to, Kim Kardashian, with 48,316,679 followers, is the eleventh most popular celebrity on twitter. Social media’s complex psychology equates the number of twitter followers or facebook “likes” with personal identity, popularity, and self worth, giving rise to a generation employing selfies, etc. to maintain personal and social relevance. Kim Kardashian, like her peers, has been sucked into the circus. Of course, Kardashian purposefully utilizes social media to bolster the character she has created for herself, that of a rich, trendy Barbie Doll famous for nothing more than physical attributes, wealth, and marriage to a performer. As she has unfortunately discovered, social media is a double-edged sword and self-indulgence is dangerous. Why is it necessary for Kim Kardashian to have a 20 carat diamond ring? Why must she travel with jewels worth millions? Why must she put her expensive possessions on full display via countless selfies? Common sense dictates one can’t flaunt one’s indulgent wealth without stirring temptation/envy in others. Sadly, Kim Kardashian has learned a hard truth. As Bill Gates once said, “with great wealth comes great responsibility.” And responsibility begins with oneself. I wish Kim Kardashian no ill will and hope she heals from this terrible event in her life…and stop behaving like a spoiled kid with all the candy.

Up next: Donald Trump. During recent remarks to veterans in Herndon, Virginia, the Republican presidential candidate unintentionally implied veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder are weak when he said, “When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat, and they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over – and you’re strong and you can handle it – but a lot of people can’t handle it.” The media instantly pounced, as did Clinton’s camp, including Vice President Joe Biden, who harshly rebuked Trump. Once again, Donald Trump is insensitive. How could he say such a thing to veterans? As the daughter of a proud WWII U.S. Army veteran, nobody can tell me that any soldier, with our without a PTSD diagnosis, is weak. Until Donald Trump witnesses the atrocities my father and his fellow servicemen and women have witnessed, “The Donald” should keep his mouth shut, or at the very least, carefully prepare before taking the podium and cease foolishly speaking off the cuff. That being said, media bias involving Trump and Clinton is rampant, and we must exercise cautious criticism. Perhaps we are misconstruing Donald Trump’s words; I can’t believe he would intentionally offend veterans, the backbone of our nation. However, Joe Biden’s assessment of Donald Trump is quite often true. “This is an ignorant man,” Mr. Biden said. “This guy says things he has no idea about. He’s not a bad man. But his ignorance is so profound. So profound.”

Whether it’s Kim Kardashian’s jewel encrusted fantasy land or Donald Trump’s foot-in-mouth disease, ignorance, our nation’s ailment, is to blame.

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Anne Mikolay

Anne M. Mikolay joined The Atlantic Highlands Herald as a columnist in 2008. Prior to penning “The Armchair Critic,” Anne wrote feature articles for The Monmouth Journal. Her work has appeared in national...