Posted by: ritagone | November 2, 2011

Kardashian Krap

Well, I suppose amidst the news of the Greek government’s upcoming collapse, which may lead to the entire collapse of European countries one by one, the most important news item recently is, of course, the imminent divorce of, you guessed it, Kim Kardashian and her husband of 72 days, good old what’s his name….

Never mind that the wedding cost over $10 million dollars, that lives were uprooted in the Montecito, California, area for days on end, that the news media ravished this story for weeks and months before it ever took place, then savored every last tidbit for weeks and months (well, two months, I guess) afterwards.  Doesn’t it all look and feel rather foolish now, that it’s all over before the rice has barely settled?  One person on Facebook complained that she hadn’t even had time to watch the wedding she had recorded on her DVR yet.  This is the ultimate quick marriage, when it’s over before you can even settle into your couch on a cold evening with some popcorn to savor the highlights.  Highlights?  What highlights?  Lowlights is more like it.

Can you tell I’m mad?  Disgusted?  Frustrated?  And more than anything, ashamed?

Is anyone else as ashamed as I am?  And I can’t quite figure out why I am.  After all, I have absolutely no connection to the Kardashians, thank goodness, yet I feel shame that anyone would be shallow enough to have gotten caught up in the stupidity of it all before the wedding ceremony, as many people did.  And now I feel shame that marriage has been mocked yet again by people who wouldn’t know what marriage is all about if it met them face to face.  And even so I still can’t quite figure out why I’m ashamed.  I’m ashamed for the people who went to the wedding thinking that there was a glimmer of a chance that this was going to work.  I’m ashamed for the minister who stood there and pronounced actual vows that supposedly meant something on paper but obviously meant nothing in reality.  I’m ashamed for the money that was wasted – money that could have been used to such better purposes that I can’t even let my mind go there.  I’m reminded of the gloriously unforgettable scene in “Schindler’s List” when he realizes that, had he sold his watch, he could have saved one more life, two more lives.  He grieves.  On a comparable scale, do the Kardashians feel any sort of guilt for the wasted dollars this wedding cost, money that could have been used to do good elsewhere, to feed people, to provide shelter?

Now, I know that I don’t have a right to tell anyone else how to spend their money.  I’m not a left-wing liberal by any means. But come on, you would have to be a lunatic to ascribe any kind of value to a $10 million dollar wedding that lasted only 72 days compared to what that money could have been used for.  It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this family has gotten so out of hand that we should all be ashamed that we have participated in creating the monsters on television and in the media that have allowed them to thrive.  Shame on me.  Shame on you.  Shame on all of us who have read the magazines and turned to the cable channels and listened to the gossip and bought in the boutiques they own.  We are part of the problem.  If they – the Kardashian family themselves — are not feeling the shame (and I hope they are), then at least someone should be feeling it.

I don’t know what goes on in the inner sanctum of their private homes, when the cameras are put away and the lights are turned off, when the producers and technicians are off the job and living their own lives.  Surely the Kardashians must have some moments like this, rare though they may be.  I’d like to think that in those quiet, alone, family times, they look at one another and shake their heads and ask, “How did we get here?” and “How do we get out of this mess?”  I’d like to believe they are now the victims of their own popularity, their own press.  What would be worse would be the knowledge that this is all a jolly good game for them, a production with high value because the ratings go up, up, up, and what can we do next?  Let’s think of something quick, because the public demands it, and there’s another family coming along who might just usurp the status that we have in the eye of the television watching fans.

And the cycle goes on and on and on.  People get cast aside, money gets squandered for absolutely nothing and no value, and marriage gets debunked yet again.  The bar gets lowered and lowered and lowered, until it will be resting on the ground, and we won’t have to go under it; we will be climbing over it.

Thank you, Kardashians, for teaching all of us that shame is alive and well, that marriage means nothing, and that your family reigns supreme in the world of sham and shit.

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Responses

  1. Well said, Rita! I still for the life of me can’t figure out what exactly these people do or have done to warrant such attention…is it just that they’re rich? What about the other rich families in California or Florida or New York or wherever they’re from? What makes this one family so doggone public and media-obnoxious?

  2. I think it is all relative. We all make financial mistakes. We all splurge at times when we could feed the starving..
    We all are influence by others at time. We all make mistakes. Theirs is just more public..

    • You’re absolutely right, Kim, it is relative. However, the enormity of the Kardashian’s responsibility as public figures with such huge sums of money does mean that they are held to a higher accountability, wouldn’t you agree? Unfortunately in our culture, when you become such a public figure, what you do or don’t do has significance.

  3. Kim Who?

  4. You go girl!!!! Tell ’em. Good words Rita.


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