Stop sushi-shaming Kim Kardashian

Photos: Charley Gallay, Neilson Barnard/Getty Images
Photos: Charley Gallay, Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

A few days ago, Kim Kardashian took a break from snapping mirror selfies and hawking her cosmetics to post an innocent Instagram story of a culinary creation she assembled for her kids, dubbed #hotdogsushi. Over an image of cut-up hot dogs wrapped in rice and nori, she wrote: “When your kids LOVE sushi & hotdogs, you get creative #hotdogsushi.” Twitter backlash was swift—and completely unwarranted. Internet, leave Kim K. alone.


Hot dog sushi, while not the most appetizing term for this creation, is completely a thing in Hawaiian and Korean cultures in the form of Spam musubi and gimbap, respectively. Spam musubi is compromised of a slice of grilled Spam atop rice, secured with a nori belt. Gimbap is a bit broader, as the rice-and-seaweed roll can include multiple fillings, but lunchmeat is a popular option. So stop picking on Kim K., who is just introducing her kids to an age-appropriate version of global foods.

If this is what it takes to acclimate kids to sushi, then we say: go for it. Let those who’ve never served a kid cut-up hot dogs in a bowl of boxed macaroni and cheese cast the first stone.

Kate Bernot is a freelance writer and a certified beer judge. She was previously managing editor at The Takeout.


Much like the bearded guy from Stone brewery, in theory I’d like to side with her, but the fact it’s her makes it difficult.