​Kim Kardashian Accused of Cultural Appropriation over New "Kimono" Shapewear Line

​Kim Kardashian Accused of Cultural Appropriation over New "Kimono" Shapewear Line
Kim Kardashian launched her new line of Kimono shapewear yesterday (June 25), but it's already come under fire — and not just because of the weird one-legged shorts.

The reality TV star has attempted to trademark a particular font version of the word "kimono"— but a lot of people are upset by the move, as the shapewear has nothing to do with the Japanese garment of the same name.
 
The traditional kimono originated in Japan as early as the 7th century and is a robe characterized by its ankle-length fabric, "T" shape and accompanying sash. To this day, they are still worn during special events in Japanese culture.
 
In recent years, the term has been adopted in the western world to describe open, flow-y cardigan-like jackets, but people seem to be particularly annoyed at Kardashian's co-opting of the phrase since the Kimono line has absolutely nothing in common with the original garment. Hell, it's not even a good Kim-related pun.
 
 
As such, some have criticized Kardashian's decision to stick the term "kimono" on her products and trademark the name as cultural appropriation.
 
See some of the less-than-enthused responses below.