Kim Kardashian-West is the high empress of reality TV, a successful app developer and the face of countless obscure products from nail polish, to Australian watermelon liqueur and public restrooms. She’s also an undercover agent tasked with leading young women astray on social media, according to the Iranian government. One of very few jobs probably not locked into some airtight Kris Jenner/E! contract.
The mogul has been accused of working as an agent for Instagram’s founder Kevin Systrom, using her thousands of selfies to encourage the decline and corruption of “Islamic values”, claim government officials. The Revolutionary Guards Corp, an Iranian organisation that enforces Islamic traditions and defends against Western influence, say she’s targeting “young people and women” in particular.
“Ms Kim Kardashian is a popular fashion model, so Instagram’s CEO tells her, ‘Make this (modelling) native,’” RGC’s Mostafa Alizadeh told the Iran Wire. “There is no doubt that financial support is involved as well. We are taking this very seriously.”
Kardashian-West was asked about the accusations by People magazine while attending Cannes Film Festival. She refuted claims – however convincingly, we won’t comment – and said: “What? For who? I just landed and came here (from the airport). I have not heard that one. Thanks for the heads-up.” Then we imagine she IG DM’ed Kevin Systrom to let him know they’d been busted.
“They are targeting young people and women,” Alizadeh continued. “Foreigners are behind it because it is targeting families. These schemes originate from around the Persian Gulf and England. When you draw the operational graph, you will see that it is a foreign operation.”
The Iranian government continues its crackdown on social media, in a bid to stave off foreign influence. Most social media platforms have been banned so far, apart from Instagram. This week, eight more people were arrested for their involvement in modelling online, accused of breaking a law that forbids women from not wearing headscarves. A further 170 people have been reprimanded. Police chief general Hossein Sajedinia also recently announced that 7,000 plainclothes division officers were sent out to the capital city to oversee the legally enforced Islamic dress code. It’s the country’s largest undercover assignment ever, to uphold traditional values.