Kanye West's Christmas gift to Kim Kardashian is the most reviled thing on the Internet today: A gigantic Birkin customized with an original painting by George Condo, the American artist who created the cover art for Kanye's Twisted Fantasy album. It reportedly costs $40,000 for the Birkin alone; whatever Kanye paid the artist is unknown, but we can safely assume it was a staggering sum.
After papparazzi snapped her carrying the bag on the street (photos here), Kardashian went on Instagram to explain herself — using hashtags, naturally: "#HandPaintedGeorgeCondo #HermesBirkin #OneofOne #ChristmasPresentFromYeezy"
Instagram commenters didn't even try to temper their glee: "Didn't think a Birkin could look like poop." "This is the ugliest bag I have ever seen, no class. Oh, that's right … Money can't buy that!" "This shit is demonic! U devil whore.. kanye clearly has said that he's sold his soul to the devil."
Elsewhere on the Internet, NBC's online outlet asked New York Magazine's art critic, Jerry Saltz, to weigh in: "I love Birkin bags; the painting on this one is grotesque. George Condo has made good work. This painting or cartoon stinks. For the last few years he's been making knock-offs of his own work, getting weaker and weaker. When it comes to how to handle a great bag, this is clueless. No one should pay more than ten dollars for this monstrosity and travesty of a great bag."