Kim Kardashian Crying And Recording With Cell Phone refers to an image and video of Kim Kardashian crying with pride while recording her daughter, North West, performing with Kanye West at a Yeezy fashion show. The image is taken from a scene from Keeping Up With The Kardashians. The image took off on Twitter in late September of 2020, where users combined it with captions related to Kim’s emotional state. This is the second meme featuring Kim Kardashian crying, the first being If You Know How I Feel Why Would You Say That.
On September 24th, 2020, “Paris, Puppies, and Pranks,” the second episode of the 19th season of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, aired on American television. During the episode, Kanye West holds a fashion show for his Yeezy line of clothes. At one point, he gets his daughter, North West, to come up to the stage and rap as the models show off their clothes. As the models walk by, North West sings, “What are those? These are clothes. Wow.” Kim is shown filming the event, wiping away tears. The next day, the Daily Mail published an article summarizing the episode, making specific mention of Kim crying during the fashion show. The article is accompanied by a screenshot of Kim crying while recording North West (shown below). This image is the primary one used in the Twitter memes.
On September 25th, TikToker saintbluu uploaded a recording of the scene to his TikTok page, in which an off-screen voice can be heard laughing as Kim cries to North West’s performance (shown below). The video gained over 7.2 million views and 1.6 million likes in six days, with many commenters making fun of Kim for crying at what they deem an “unimpressive” performance from North West.
On the same day, Twitter user hails reuploaded saintbluu’s TikTok clip to Twitter, gaining over 8.9 million views and 96 thousand retweets in six days. Many rushed to Kim’s defense in the comments section, while others continued to mock the moment. One comment under the thread from Twitter user VengoDelBarrio2 features a close-up screenshot of Kim crying, with the caption, “Me whenever my dog does the same cute shit it’s always done” (shown below, left). The comment gained over 900 retweets and 11 thousand likes in six days, and is one of the first examples of the format despite a slightly different source image. Later that day, another commenter made a similar joke, this one gaining 119 retweets and 683 likes in the same amount of time (shown below, right).
Over the next few days, more Twitter users started to apply images of Kim Kardashian crying to various scenarios. On September 26th, Twitter user abbadabbadew uploaded a version of the meme using the screenshot from the Daily Mail article, garnering over 53 thousand retweets and 192 thousand likes in five days (shown below, left). On September 27th, Twitter user Doaud_ uploaded a variant of the format, gaining over 261 thousand likes and 67 thousand retweets in four days (shown below, right).
On September 27th, Instagram user sainthoax uploaded a meme using a video clip of Kim crying, attached to an Elders React clip. The post gained over 314 thousand likes in four days (shown below). On September 30th, StayHipp published an article on the meme.