Kim Kardashian: "I Feel Like a Zoo Animal"

The reality star dishes on the downside of celebrity, and defends her Twitter comments about the Casey Anthony verdict

Despite all evidence to the contrary, Kim Kardashian doesn't always enjoy being the center of attention. In the new issue of Cosmopolitan, the reality star admits that fame sometimes makes her feel more like a tourist attraction than a regular person.

"Sometimes I feel like a zoo animal," says Kardashian, 30. "I'll be at a restaurant, and someone will put their phone in front of my face and take a picture without saying hi."

Okay, we know we should say that Kim made her own bed (insert sex tape joke here) and needs to lie it in. But seriously, sticking a phone in someone's face and taking a picture without even asking? That is a bit rude -- especially when Kim makes so many shots available on Twitter free of charge.

Speaking of Kim's Twitter account, the best-known Kardashian sister has generated some backlash for her comments about the Casey Anthony verdict. After the jury issued a "not guilty" ruling for the Florida mom accused of killing her two-year-old, Kardashian tweeted her response: "WHAT!!!!???!!!! CASEY ANTHONY FOUND NOT GUILTY!!!! I am speechless!!!"

Totally logical reaction, right? There's just one thing: Kim's late father, Robert Kardashian, was one of the defense lawyers who got O.J. Simpson off the hook for murder charges in 1995. (Robert was a longtime friend of the accused, and reactivated his lapsed license to practice law in order to serve on Simpson's defense team.) Since Kim's dad helped O.J. walk free, should she be keeping her mouth shut about Casey Anthony? Responding to the Twitter backlash, Kardashian says she doesn't see the connection.

"Reading the comments here &its nuts people think just bc I was close to the OJ trial I can't have my own opinion on the Casey Anthony case?" Kim tweeted on Tuesday.

In fairness, Kim was only 13 when the O.J. trial was taking place. Still -- she opened that can of worms herself, responding earlier to a Twitter follower who wrote, "The jury has made their decision too fast for it to be 'not guilty'!" by pointing out that "the OJ verdict took 3 hrs." So clearly she remembers something about it.

On the other hand, we think she's entitled to her opinion. From a legal perspective, both cases can be described the same way: a sensational murder with plenty of circumstantial evidence but nothing concrete enough to convict the accused. But from an emotional standpoint -- which, let's face it, is how most of us see it -- the murder of a toddler by her mother is even more horrible than a double murder by a jealous husband. Kim Kardashian is just speaking for the people.

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