It's not that I hate Kim Kardashian so much as a toxic media culture that enables these kind of shallow, vapid avatars to thrive. It seems like there's no end of Paris Hiltons and Lindsay Lohans to fill the airwaves with countless hours of inane bullshit.
There's something screwy with our priorities when people freak out about gay marriage but think that a $10mm televised sham is just fine. We worry when Janet Jackson's nipple makes an unscheduled appearance but will cancel meeting friends if this week's Mafia Wives promises a fist fight over dinner.
The really insidious virus that is threatening to destroy Western culture isn't gay marriage, abortion, union rights or anything else that gets people riled up. It's this reality-based media that couldn't be further from reality, completely devoid of any sort of intellectual, creative or productive content.
As much as people claim not to listen to the guttural murmurings of the Kardashians, she has 11 million followers on Twitter and a TV show that does nothing more than follow her around. This is more than just The Truman Show gone bad - people genuinely find this drivel engaging or comforting and I'm really not sure why.
It's one thing to milk the media machine for self-promotion. It's another to actually get married for a few moments in the spotlight and a big check. But then this is probably nothing for someone who leaks their own sex tape the day before their TV show goes live.
But if you think my predictions for the decline of Western culture may be premature, just cast your mind back to mid-September. Researchers at CERN may have found particles that travel faster than light - possibly the most important scientific discovery in decades. But Kim had some important tweets discussing a poodle she had found ("OMG!"). Guess which news item was read by more people.
After 72 days, countless hours on E! Television, and a $10 million dollar wedding, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from Kris Humphries earlier today, citing irreconcilable differences. This is the second marriage for Kardashian and the first for Humphries. Some of the irreconcilable differences have been the inability to agree on a place to settle down (Humphries' Minnesota vs Kardashian's LA), separate outings without wedding bands, Kardashian spotted having lunch … more
So the most famous for nothing person gets an immediate divorce? Is this supposed to be news? At least the Brittany Spears divorce after one day of marriage was entertaining and yes by the way she does have a singing career.
And we thought the short marriage between Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson was bad because they spent two years on reality TV before a divorce! Do you think anybody ever bothered to sit these two down in front of a therapist to give them a good long talking-to about what marriage means? I have a better grasp of what marriage requires than these two, and I've never even been in a serious relationship. And we're worried about gay people getting married? Sheesh! Maybe we should amend the constitution … more
Consider all the poor people in this country who could have used these idiot's wedding money - $10 million goes a long way and I'm sure the poor's gratitude would have lasted MUCH longer than the marriage itself......