The Season 14 premiere of Keeping up With the Kardashians never addressed the reported pregnancy trifecta, however, fans did get to hear Kendall Jenner‘s side of that oh-so-controversial Pepsi ad — finally. The reality star-turned-model cried while discussing the commercial, which featured her facilitating peace during a protest by handing a police officer a can of Pepsi, a gesture that many felt was a tone-deaf appropriation of a now iconic photo of a Black Lives Matter protestor approaching officers.
“I trusted everyone. I trusted the teams,” she said of its April release. “But after I saw the reaction and I read what people had to say about it, I most definitely saw what went wrong. I was so stuck, and I really didn’t know what to do, that I completely shut down.”
The 21-year-old also broke down in tears while talking about how the ad offended viewers. “I would never purposely hurt someone ever,” she said, although she never mentioned Pepsi specifically. “And I would, obviously, if I knew this was gonna be the outcome, like, I would have never done something like this. But you don’t know when you’re in the moment. I just felt so f–king stupid. The fact that I would offend other people or hurt other people was definitely not the intent and that’s what got me the most, is that I would ever make anyone else upset.”
Luckily, big sister Kim Kardashian — who is no stranger to controversy — coached Kenny on how to get through it all. She said, “You made a mistake… It should affect you in a way where you grow from it, and become a better person from it. I just wish that you could see that there’s light at the end of the tunnel and that it will be OK if you’re just honest and open.”
Yet despite the controversy, many claim the commercial didn’t even do its bare minimum — make people want their product. Former Girls star Lena Dunham tweeted at the time, “Assuming everything that can be said about faux-test Pepsi ad has been said so I’m just gonna go with this: it didn’t make me want Pepsi.”
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