I’ll admit that I have a guilty pleasure – snarky pop culture blogs like WWTDD and The Superficial. I’m not sure why Tom Cruise gay rumors or the downward spiral of Lindsay Lohan capture my attention, but I like to think it’s because I’m a vapid American who prefers to fill his head with junk food instead of veggies. 😉
At any rate, this business with Kim Kardashian’s “marriage” and now “divorce” is making me nuts, because she’s so clearly playing us foolish pop-culture followers for the…er…fools…we are.
My angst regarding
Mrs. Humphries Ms. Kardashian came to a full boil last night. The power was out by me for a couple of days, and when it came back on, the cable box rebooted to channel 2 as I scurried around playing with thermostats and turning on lights around the house. When I returned to the family room, there was news of Kim Kardashian’s “divorce” on one of those shiny Hollywood tabloid shows. I couldn’t believe the brazen PR leg hump that was gleefully playing itself out in front of my eyes.
It’s the timing that blows my mind. I know publicity whores like Kim get married, divorced and even have babies to get their faces in the press, but I’ve never seen the cycle play out so quickly. Kardashian’s “wedding” was held live on E! 72 days ago and garnered the highest ratings that network has ever had. Her face was on all the magazine covers and she was the undisputed queen of the celebutards. It was clear at the time (at least to me) that this was a sham wedding, custom-made for tabloid attention. Mission accomplished.
Then the spotlight started to fade, so it looks like Team Kim quickly shifted into the next phase of their plan: the “divorce.” Last night’s coverage breathlessly talked about the papers being filed, the signs of problems in the marriage (all nicely captured on Kim’s reality show, naturally), questions of whether the timing will help or hurt the release of Kris Jenner’s (Kim’s mom) latest tell-all book (it’ll help, of course) and many other painful little details.
One thing that wasn’t brought up was whether or not this whole thing is a scam. Of course it is!! Kim is playing America (and the rest of the gossip-loving world) for a bunch of morons, and the morons are gobbling this crap up! This is a girl who rose to fame on a D-list rapper’s penis, so I certainly wouldn’t put a manufactured marriage/divorce past her. I’d be surprised if she doesn’t announce she’s pregnant in the next two months with *shocker* her now ex-husband’s baby! That should make for some good press…too bad it sucks for the prop – I mean the kid – she’ll have to incubate to make it happen.
Of course the entertainment shows won’t bring up how faked and forced all of this seems because it doesn’t fit with their agenda. They are making hay with the marriage, the divorce and whatever comes next (I wasn’t kidding about the baby – just wait and see). Kim is making their job easy, and the tabloids like it when the story writes itself.
It pisses me off that our culture can elevate this sex-tape siren to a household name and then allow her to bombard our fattened American minds with the details of this synthetic drama. I mean marveling at Seal and Heidi Klum’s Halloween costumes is one thing, but being subjected to the horsecrap is another.
What does all this have to do with beer and whiskey you ask? Nothing. But it certainly makes me want a drink!