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Kult Of Kardashian

Harris Mayersohn |
November 8, 2011 | 12:11 a.m. PST

Staff Contributor

Kim Kardashian (Glenn Francis/www.PacificProDigital.com, Creative Commons)
Kim Kardashian (Glenn Francis/www.PacificProDigital.com, Creative Commons)
If you haven’t already heard, some pretty major things happened in the world last week: the prime minister of Greece announced his resignation, the Herman Cain train started coming off the rails after accusations of sexual misconduct piled up, and – oh my god, most importantly – pseudo-celebrity/sex tape star Kim Kardashian and NBA player Kris Humphries are getting a divorce.

Odds are, if you have a Facebook, Twitter, or access to the Internet at all, most of what you’ve been hearing over the past week has been related back to the Kardashian family.

Only a few months after Kim and the rest of the Kardashian Kult assembled to host a wedding special (for which they were given the dowry of a few million dollars by the E! network), Kim has filed for divorce from her love of the moment. She was even able to muster up a few tears for the cameramen that were following her around that day.

Personally, I don’t watch any of the Kardashian family shows. I’m not really their target audience. Just the sight of former American hero-turned-Botox-fiend, Bruce Jenner makes my stomach turn.

Yet, for some reason I can’t explain, I know the names of all three Kardashian sisters (Kim, Khloe and Kourtney), the occupations of all the boyfriends/temporary husbands they’ve had over the years (then again, I attribute that to being a sports fan), and even the name of the store that two of the three sisters own (Dash). It’s not my fault, though!

I blame the fact that you can’t go on even a legitimate news site a la CNN or the New York Times anymore without seeing a headline about one of these faux-celebrities for giving me my vast knowledge of the Kardashian world.

I understand why people enjoy reality television: it’s mindless, it’s easy to understand, and it’s funny to hear people complain about their unbelievably privileged lives. What I don’t understand is why people watch reality television only to get upset and complain about it.

I agree that the decisions any member of Kardashian family makes should not be making news headlines. Likewise, I don’t think they should have a million different TV shows chronicling their daily lives. It seems as if the people that are the quickest to (rightly) call the celebrities, like the Kardashians, fame whores are the people that made them famous in the first place by watching their shows. It’s a reality TV catch-22 of sorts.

If you feel as if you wasted two hours of your life because you watched ‘Kim’s Fairytale Wedding’ when it aired, now that she’s divorcing, you have no right to complain. Just ask Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson how it turned out for them and their once promising careers. Kim and the Kardashians make decisions in an effort to entertain people, and sometimes they do things that are not true or real, believe it or not. Things, such as, getting married to a mediocre NBA athlete in order to boost ratings. This is a woman who got famous for being the biological daughter of a famous lawyer, dating athletes, and making a sex tape with relatively unknown R&B artist who had his own reality show. It’s extremely important to remember that.

I don’t watch the Kardashians on TV, I have responsibilities and things to do with my life, but at least I understand why they’re in the headlines. They’re entertaining, to say the least. If you watch the shows, though, please, just watch and stop complaining to people like myself, who could care less.


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