Kim Kardashian West is a “pornographic symbol,” according to Jewish Orthodox news website Kikar HaShabbat.
The reality star was censored in a photo of herself with husband Kanye and Jerusalem’s mayor, Nir Barkat.
The article, which admonishes Barkat for dining with the Wests at a non-Kosher restaurant, refers to Kardashian West simply as “West’s wife,” reports the Associated Press.
In one photo, Kardashian West, 34, was blurred out by the Israeli news outlet and in another she was obscured entirely by a restaurant receipt. Kikar HaShabbat’s editor, Nissim Ben Haim, is the one who slapped her with the “pornographic symbol” label, reports the AP, and said that she contradicts Orthodox values.
The label is a bit harsh, however, given that it’s the custom of many ultra-Orthodox communities to not include photos of women in their media whatsoever for reasons of modesty.
Kardashian is in good company when it comes to being censored by ultra-Orthodox media outlets simply for being a woman. In January, an Orthodox newspaper removed German chancellor Angela Merkel from a photo of a march in Paris following the Charlie Hebdo attacks.
In 2011, a Jewish Orthodox newspaper based out of Brooklyn, New York, was forced to apologize to the White House and the U.S. department of state after they digitally removed current presidential candidate Hillary Clinton from a photo. Like other ultra-Orthodox media outlets, it’s their their custom to not publish photos of women. However, the photo – which came from the White House – was not allowed to be altered in any way.