The reality star will share her coffee-table book and participate in a conversation with a retired state judge at the famous organization
Kim Kardashian West‘s upcoming speaking gig at one of San Francisco’s best known educational organizations is already causing a stir.
The reality star, 34, has a scheduled appearance Tuesday night to speak and sign copies of her book Selfish at an event hosted by the Commonwealth Club of California, an institution founded in 1903 that has hosted speakers including Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan and Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians personality is also set to participate in a 45-minute conversation with LaDoris Cordell, a retired state judge, the Associated Press reported. The chat is being presented by a sector of the club called Inforum, which was launched back in 2002 to appeal to younger audiences.
But the organization’s social media pages have already been flooded with fans’ and critics’ opinions of Commonwealth’s decision to invite Kardashian West as a speaker.
“Judge LaDoris Cordell is a brilliant and accomplished woman,” wrote one irked visitor on the Facebook page. “I’m very disappointed she doesn’t consider this carny-show beneath her dignity.”
Another wrote on a June 19 post promoting her appearance, “That is f—— disgusting how people pay to see someone who is pointless and not worth anything.”
But many loyal Kardashian followers came to the star’s defense, with one supporter writing that “these polarizing comments prove just why she is still relevant.”
An Inforum representative responded to the Facebook upheaval by thanking all of the members and fans who voiced their thoughts on the event: “We hear ya! Commonwealth Club and INFORUM guests should strike a nerve from time to time. Agree with her or disagree with her, we re looking forward to a spirited conversation and a different perspective. We expect to have a fun, insightful conversation with Kim and invite you to join us.”
Inforum director Caroline Moriarty Sacks told the AP that Kardashian was selected as a guest because of “what she is doing in terms of business and social media and the way she makes us question our understanding of modern feminism, for better or for worse.”
Tickets for Kardashian West’s event cost between $65 and $220. As of Monday evening, roughly 200 tickets remained for the event at San Francisco’s Castro Theatre, which seats 1,400, according to its website. INFORUM events usually draw about 250 people, although more popular speakers have drawn audiences of over 700, the AP reported.
The entrepreneur has made a variety of unexpected appearance in recent months. Earlier this month, she appeared on NPR’s fan-favorite radio show Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me!. She also discussed mobile app revenue and self-branding at Re/code’s Code/Mobile Conference in October 2014.