Ayelet Waldman is on the rampage.
The writer took to Twitter and Facebook yesterday in a rant against “Kim Kardashian: Hollywood,” the cartoon game app put out by — you guessed it — Kim Kardashian. According to Waldman, the app bypassed parental controls on her computer, allowing her 11-year-old to lose $120 trying to keep up with the Kardashians.
Waldman, who is married to fellow author Michael Chabon, had some choice words for the alliteration-friendly family:
Evil, vile Kardashian Hollywood tricked my 11 yr old into spending $120 in 2 days. He’s crying hysterically. Pox on those fuckers. — Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) August 4, 2014
Let’s take a step back here. Is it really Kim Kardashian’s fault that Waldman’s 11-year-old son has access to A) credit card information and B) an unsupervised computer? Kim has created a game — ie. a commercial enterprise. People pay money to play. 11-year-olds make bad decisions. It’s usually the parent’s responsibility to prevent those poor judgment calls, no?
As Leah Finnegan at Gawker eloquently put it:
Hmmm. Who is really at fault here? The “vile scumbag Kardashian pigs and their app designers” for creating a fun game? Waldman’s poor, weeping son who evidently does not understand the value of a dollar? The mysterious person who linked her son’s Apple account to a credit card?
In Waldman’s defense, she does make clear that parental controls were in place on the computer used by her son (also, who knew that Michael Chabon was some sort of tech wiz?)
My husband is incredibly sophisticated on Macs. Was sure he'd blocked in-app purchases. Just by chance we noticed our son's account. — Ayelet Waldman (@ayeletw) August 4, 2014