The son of legendary actor Marlon Brando says critics should ‘leave Kim Kardashian alone’ after the reality star was mocked for throwing a lavish 40th birthday bash on his late father’s private island.
Kim was roasted on social media after she shared pictures of her luxury getaway, saying it made her feel ‘humble’.
But Miko Brando, who part owns the island, said ‘no-one broke the rules’ and insisted Kim had every right to fly her family and 20 guests to Tetiaroa Island at an estimated cost of $1m.
Miko Brando, Marlon’s son who part owns the island, said ‘no-one broke the rules’ and insisted Kim had every right to fly her family and 20 guests to Tetiaroa Island at an estimated cost of $1m .Kim Kardashian celebrated her 40th birthday on a lavish getaway to the private island of Tetiaroa amid the pandemic
Kim flew out her sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kendall, brother Rob and mom Kris Jenner as well as Tristan Thompson, Corey Gamble and Scott Disick among others for the paradise break
Kim was roasted on social media after she shared pictures of her luxury 40th birthday getaway, saying it made her feel ‘humble’
Speaking exclusively to DailyMail.com from his home in Los Angeles, Miko, 59, Brando’s oldest living child, said: ‘Leave her alone. Life goes on, I think we have a lot more problems to deal with in the world than who stayed where, for how long, and how much they spent.
Marlon Brando purchased the island in the late 1960s. His son, Miko Brando, (pictured with his father in 1990) said his father wanted to preserve the natural habitat and banned motor boats on the lagoon
‘I heard she got criticized. There’s a lot of critics out there. But as long as she took precautions – she quarantined everyone and everyone obeyed by the rules – I think you’re good to go. There’s nothing wrong with it.
And he insisted: ‘No one broke the rules from what I hear.’
Miko’s father purchased the stunning French Polynesian island, 30 miles from Tahiti, in the late 1960s and it is now home to a luxury resort named after the actor.
Previous guests have included Pippa Middleton and husband James Matthews, who honeymooned there in 2017, and Barack Obama – who wrote part of his memoir there.
Father-of-five Miko – whose three sisters, brother, nieces and nephews live on nearby Tahiti and commute back and forth to Tetiaroa – said Kim enjoyed her stay.
He said: ‘I heard she was going down there to celebrate her birthday. I’m talking about it on my behalf, not on behalf of the resort.
‘I heard they really enjoyed it, they thought it was beautiful, they thought it was amazing, they just thought it was breathtaking and what a great place to spend your 40th birthday.
‘They had a blast, good time, good memories, good pictures, I’m sure they’ll return. They’re happy, we’re happy.’
British rocker Peter Frampton advised her that sharing of images of a luxury trip with family and friends was ill-timed
3rd Rock From The Sun star Kristen Johnston was clearly unsatisfied with Kim’s lengthy justification for throwing a birthday bash amid a global pandemic
Kim and her vrew stayed on Marlon Brando’s The Brando Resort in Tahiti which has only 35 villas
The luxury villas French Polynesian cost up to $20,000 per night and feature private pools
The Brando – which opened in 2014 on the tenth anniversary of the Last Tango in Paris star’s death – is accessed by private plane and has 35 villas on the white sandy beaches which are frequented by sea turtles, manta rays and exotic birds.
While the island is owned by the large Brando family, the resort is managed by the late actor’s friend Richard Bailey and is solar-powered and green-certified.
Miko, who regularly visits the island and recently spent his 57th birthday on the island with his wife Karen, described its beauty.
He said: ‘I mean the peacefulness, the tranquility, the ambiance, the people, the food, the sunsets, just the whole environment has a great appeal, it’s very inviting.
‘For anyone who goes it’s a place you’ve always wanted to go to, I think it’s a place you thought that never existed until you go there and you realize wow, it’s incredible.’
Despite Kim K’s luxury lifestyle, Miko thinks visiting Tetiroa is on ‘another level’ to most things, he said: ‘She wanted to explore and experience something they’ve probably never experienced before and I’m glad they were able to enjoy themselves and experience it and have good memories.
‘It’s just the beauty of it, it’s just breathtaking.’
And Miko said that he felt Kim was unfairly treated, just because she was open about her vacation.
Kim shared a short clip as the last slide, with the four of them heading into the water as music blasted and cameras and videos were flashing around them
Kim’s party was one of the first bookings since the resort was forced to shut its doors for more than two months due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak
He explained: ‘I’ve heard of a lot of other celebrities that have chartered yachts and stayed in the middle of the ocean for a few months to stay away from COVID.
‘So I don’t think she’s the only one that’s done anything extravagant like this, it just happened to be a famous actor’s island.
‘She chose to spend her 40th birthday in a special place that my father bought and she got what she wanted.’
It was Kim’s Instagram caption that sparked accusations she was ‘out of touch’.
The reality star was widely mocked on Twitter, with celebrities including Colin Hanks, Ronan Farrow, and Walking Dead star Tom Payne referring to her post.
Kim, who reportedly chartered an 88-seat Boeing 777 to get to Tahiti, wrote: ‘Before Covid, I don’t think any of us truly appreciated what a simple luxury it was to be able to travel and be together with family and friends in a safe environment. After 2 weeks of multiple health screens and asking everyone to quarantine, I surprised my closest inner circle with a trip to a private island where we could pretend things were normal just for a brief moment in time. We danced, rode bikes, swam near whales, kayaked, watched a movie on the beach and so much more. I realize that for most people, this is something that is so far out of reach right now, so in moments like these, I am humbly reminded of how privileged my life is. #thisis40.’
Miko said: ‘I’m glad she had a good time and I hope she comes back. That’s what it’s there for, people to enjoy. I don’t think there’s anything wrong other than her being famous and her being at a famous actor’s island. That’s about it.’
Kim’s party was one of the first bookings since the resort was forced to shut its doors for more than two months due to the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
He said: ‘I think they contacted the hotel directly and made the arrangements through our general manager.
‘It was something their people figured out how they wanted to do it and we accommodated their wishes and did whatever we could to accommodate them and it worked out just perfectly, just right.
‘There were no other guests on the island it was just her and her party, her entourage. Go at it.’
Kim flew out her sisters Kourtney, Khloe and Kendall, brother Rob and mom Kris Jenner as well as Tristan Thompson, Corey Gamble and Scott Disick among others for the paradise break.
They would all have had to follow strict French government coronavirus restrictions to be allowed to enter Tahiti which has recorded more than 7,000 cases and 29 deaths from the illness so far.
Miko (pictured) said: ‘I’m glad she had a good time and I hope she comes back. That’s what it’s there for, people to enjoy. I don’t think there’s anything wrong other than her being famous and her being at a famous actor’s island. That’s about it’
Miko described some of the activities the lucky birthday guests would have enjoyed on the island, he said: ‘I’m assuming they did what we all do, laid on the beach, went on the water, picked water excursions, went to different islands, walks on the beach, paddle boarding, there’s canoes, there’s all types of water sports, we have a tennis court there, we have bicycles to ride around the island, we have a really good spa, where you can get a spa and get pampered for the day and we have great accommodations to whatever your needs and wishes.’
Speaking from his home in Los Angeles, Miko, 59, Brando’s oldest living child, told Kim’s critics to ‘Leave her alone. Life goes on’
He added that the resort has a ‘great’ chef and the group will have dined at the Les Mutinés resort restaurant named after Brando film Mutiny on the Bounty.
Miko’s mother is Mexican-American actress Movita Castaneda, who starred in the original Mutiny on the Bounty with Clark Gable in 1935.
Brando was married to Casteneda – seven years his senior – for two years. They divorced in 1962, after he got together with 19-year-old Polynesian beauty Tarita Teriipaia who was his on screen lover in the remake of the classic film. Miko’s mother passed away five years ago.
Brando began a life-long love affair with Tahiti on the classic movie, spotting the island he would go on to buy while making it.