North West (via Instagram), Jenny Matthews (TikTok)

A mom took to TikTok to air her grievances after she says Kim Kardashian pulled strings and allegedly paid for North West’s role in the Lion King: 30th Anniversary Concert at The Hollywood Bowl.

Jenny Matthews was upset that the casting directors overlooked talented young people for the role and chose nepotism.

She said that her daughter and three other girls made it to the final round of callbacks and then in walks Kim Kardashian with Northie.

While we were waiting in the audition room with one other girl and her mother, someone walked in. 

It was Kim Kardashian with North West. 

We had heard that there was someone in the industry that was pulling strings to get their daughter in front of the casting director.

We found out it was North West on that final audition. And we were so disappointed. 

We had heard that they wanted to cast a talented kid with some good experience, but one that doesn’t have a name because they wanted to uplift a smaller voice in the community.

And we thought my daughter was that person. But, Kim Kardashian allegedly paid for her daughter to be in this production and her daughter does not have the experience for this role as you could see. 

North was cast in the role of Simba and when videos of her performance of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” began to surface online…a collective side-eye ensued.

Read a few Twitter reactions below.

Jason Weaver, whose vocals are featured on the timeless original performance of the song, took to social media and praised North West.

What an honor it is to share the same stage with this young superstar in the making!! 😁⭐️⭐️⭐️

I’m so PROUD you, North!!

You’re doing a such PHENOMENAL job in this show!

I can’t wait for people to see your performance of “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” when “The Lion King 30th Anniversary Celebration” eventually starts streaming on @disneyplus!!

You’re a true professional, and I wish you nothing but the best as you continue your journey towards GREATNESS!!

Let’s run it back one more time for em tonight!! 😁🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾🙌🏾💯💯💯💯


See Jason’s original post below.

At the end of the day, North West is a child and should be off-limits. 

However, all of the adults who had a hand in this should be the recipients of any criticism or backlash about the show.

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