Joining Meghan Markle in adding ‘podcast host’ to her seemingly never-ending list of job titles is an unlikely candidate: Kim Kardashian. As in, thee Kim Kardashian who has four young children, is in the middle of training to become a lawyer, has a successful fashion label, just launched a skincare line, works in criminal justice reform, and does it all while being filmed for her family’s reality TV show. Seriously, I’m tired just writing this.
Yesterday, Kardashian announced her latest venture in a cover story for Interview Magazine, revealing she’s joined the Duchess of Sussex in signing a deal with Spotify to create a podcast. Unlike the duchess, Kardashian’s pod won’t be focused on feminism, but it will be centred around something she’s passionate about: the way the system handles – and mishandles – crime.
After casually dropping into conversation that later that day she was going to be recording an episode of her podcast, Kardashian revealed the project is called, The System.
“The first season is about a really crazy case where a guy got the death sentence for a triple homicide that happened in Ohio,” she continued. “There are so many twists and turns with how it was handled — or mishandled — and we take the listener along for a journey in search of the truth.”
Kardashian later agreed she’s a “true crime junkie,” saying, “I’m obsessed. I had to stop watching Dateline and all the shows when I was studying in law school.”
Kardashian went on to say the reason she followed in her father’s footsteps to study law was due to her realising how many cases are mishandled – and how many people’s lives are ruined in the process. “I just saw something on social media that I didn’t feel like was fair, and I didn’t understand it,” she said. “A woman that didn’t do anything violent, never had a ticket in her life, she answered the phone as a mule for a drug case and got the same sentence as Charles Manson. When I saw that, I was like, ‘I don’t get it. How did this happen? Did she need a better attorney?’ I really didn’t know, so I educated myself about it.”
She continued, ‘“I thought, ‘Okay, I can handle [pardoning] low-level drug offences, that I can resonate with.’ But if someone was killed — I didn’t know I could get behind it until I was brought to a women’s prison. Their stories were all very similar. They all committed a crime for their boyfriend, or for their husband. I mean, I probably did some dumb shit at some point and I was maybe just a few decisions off of being in a similar situation, any of us could be. Once I saw how broken the system is, I couldn’t stop. I have to help as many people as I can. These people are thrown away and put in prison and no one cares. It’s so heartbreaking.”