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The GEM Debate:
Lil’ Kim Asks For Baby Shower Gifts From Fans—Tacky Or Not?

Did you get an invitation to rapper Lil’ Kim’s baby shower last Saturday? I didn’t get one and I’m willing to bet that you didn’t either. She doesn’t know me or you from Adam, but that didn’t stop her from asking her fans to buy her baby gifts from a registry that includes five stores: Tiffany & Co., Bel Bambini, Petit Tresor, Buy Buy Baby, and Babies R Us.

This is what Lil’ Kim’s assistant wrote via Instagram before the baby shower:

@lilkimthequeenbee is registered at Tiffany’s , Petit Tresor, Bel Bambini, Buy Buy Baby and Babies R Us under Kimberly Jones aka Lil’ Kim or Kim Jones Event date May 10 please make sure they check off your gift from the registry after purchase. Thank u guys so much #teamlilkim Mail all gifts to Attn: Kimberly Jones QUEEN BEE ENTERTAINMENT BOX #25 Ridgefield Park, NJ 07660



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You, too, can buy Lil’ Kim gifts such as two $7,899 strollers in different colors, two $1700 cradles, a $575 Tiffany sterling silver baby cup, and a $1625 hamper and wastebasket. Don’t blow your budget if you don’t have that kind of cash. You can buy her a piggy bank for only $125. If you need a little more time to take out a second mortgage on your home to buy these gifts, no worries—the baby girl is due June 15.

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I’m not a Lil’ Kim fan, so this solicitation is not for me. It’s appalling and tacky and I don’t understand. Oddly, I find myself needing to understand why a celebrity—whether A-list or D-list—would solicit fans for gifts. What is that? Are you short on cash? Do you really need your fans to buy you gifts?

An unnamed source says that Lil’ Kim wanted her fans to get involved. All fine, well, and good, but there other ways to get fans involved that don’t include asking perfect strangers to finance your baby. You could ask fans to send donations to a women’s shelter in honor of your baby. You could ask fans to send gifts to needy children. But you don’t ask fans to send YOU gifts, at least not without appearing crass and clueless.

One of my favorite bloggers (after Rene, of course), Awesomely Luvvie, asked people on her Facebook fan page what they were getting Lil’ Kim. The answers are hilarious:

Not a damn thing! I didn’t see common sense on the registry.

Class. Was class listed?

A reloadable gift card to the therapist of her choice (meds not included).

Seats! So she can have several!

I’m going to buy her a Big Mama so there is someone in this child’s life with some damn sense. She comes complete with a switch tree, pound cake, plenty of elder slang and life lessons.

Now, THOSE are gifts I can get behind.

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What do you think of Lil’ Kim asking her fans for gifts? Tacky or not? Take the poll and share your thoughts below.

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