Kim Kardashian Sparks Outrage With ‘Tone-Deaf’ Bikini Tribute To Smash Mouth Singer

Kim Kardashian has uploaded a snap seemingly paying tribute to Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell - and it's outraged fans.
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The Kardashians star has taken to Instagram and uploaded a snap seemingly paying tribute to the late Smash Mouth singer Steve Harwell – but people are outraged. 

Kim Kardashian, 42, is no stranger to controversy and frequently finds herself at the receiving end of backlash.

From the time she revealed that she hired a pianist to wake up her kids in the morning to the time she wore Marilyn Monroe’s dress to the Met Gala – Kardashian knows how to trigger people.

But for some people, the SKIMS co-founder has gone too far this time.

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Earlier this week, Smash Mouth fans were left devastated when it was confirmed that Steve Harwell – the band’s frontman – had died aged 56.

The rock group’s manager, Robert Hayes, confirmed in a statement to Rolling Stone that the musician had passed away ‘peacefully and comfortably’.

Following the saddening news, Kardashian took to Instagram on September 7 and uploaded a mirror selfie of herself wearing a skimpy gold bikini.

While the post garnered a staggering 1.6 million likes and thousands took to the comments and gushed over the reality TV star’s enviable figure, others had an issue with the caption.

It read: “All that glitters is gold.”


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This caption makes reference to Smash Mouth’s biggest track – which features in the animated movie Shrek – ‘All Star’.

The lyric says: “Get the show on, get paid / And all that glitters is gold / Only shooting stars break the mould.”

Many people have taken to the comments and said that it is ‘tone-deaf’ of Kardashian to pay tribute to Harwell with a snap of herself in a bikini.

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One fan pens: “Someone dies and you use their lyrics to post a thirst trap.”

Another adds: “Wow… this is what tone-deaf and ignorance looks like.”

“Your caption proves how shallow you are as a person,” remarks a third.

Somebody else advises: “Kim the Smash Mouth guy just died. Take this down.”

Smash Mouth's Steve Harwell.
Smash Mouth frontman Steve Harwell has died aged 56. Credit: Alamy

However, not everyone has criticised Kardashian over the bikini photo – with Smash Mouth the band stepping in.

Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), the group retweeted the snap and said: “Only shooting stars.”

As some followers were saying Kardashian’s post was too soon after Harwell’s passing, they then endorsed a tweet that read: “People saying ‘too soon’ really didn’t know Steve and it shows lol.”

In response to this, one person has written: “If they don’t mind then nobody should – and I’m normally anti-Kardashian.”

In agreement, a second commented: “It’s what he would have wanted.”

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Written by Aimee Walker

Aimee is a senior content editor at IGV who specialises in finding the best original stories, trending topics and entertainment news. She graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Media and Communications.