I’m not knowledgeable about many things. I know that I live in a racist, white supremacist nation that considers me a drain on society. I know that I’m surrounded by voices and images from unseen forces gunning for my self-esteem, or what’s left of it. And I know that this nation is practically a hoax when it comes to “liberty and justice for all.” However, there are a lot of mysteries that I wonder about. Who killed JFK? Are we alone in the universe? What force in the universe would allow George W. Bush to stay in the White House for two terms?
There is one mystery that’s on a lot of minds as of late. The one mystery that may be the mystery of the new millennium thus far. Why the hell is the media obsessed with the Kardashian sisters, Kim in particular?
Let’s review some facts: Their father, Robert Kardashian, was a powerful attorney. Their stepfather is Olympic athlete Bruce Jenner. They had an overprivileged upbringing with rich and famous friends and neighbors. Kim was on a sex tape with Ray J. Kim had an expensive and very short-lived marriage to Kris Humphrises. And all three sisters have reality TV shows.
So, in other words the Kardashians are famous for absolutely nothing special. Then again, the mainstream media in recent years have gone further south when it came to content.
It seems like every channel must have a reality-based show with either once-famous stars from a bygone era, ordinary people doing dangerous (and)or stupid shit, or just ignorant young people with emotional baggage and open legs. And it’s no secret that American audiences love the hell out of it. We have a guilty pleasure of seeing drama happening, and when it happens to “ordinary” people, it’s a treat to watch. That’s why more and more reality shows are being pumped into networks. America can’t get enough of this stuff no matter how fucked up it truly is.
It’s no surprise why this is happening. Almost all of the media is owned and operated by white males exclusively. This explains a lot as to why the content broadcast into our television sets is the way it is. With reality TV being as addictive to network executives as it is, they look for the kind of people seeking fame. They can come from anywhere, a rich community, a quiet suburb, or the inner city. They don’t have to be talented. They don’t have to be educated. They don’t even have to be nice and polite. Those who are gullible enough to want to appear on TV will jump at the opportunity to star on a reality TV. Some of them will believe that it will lead to bigger and better things like starring in sitcoms, movies, and music videos even though their chance of that happening would be the size of a cobblestone.
Those who came from rich families and those who used to be stars in their heyday are seen as perfect stars for certain reality shows. America wants to see what their favorite past stars are up to. That’s why the Osbornes had a show. That’s why Flavor Flav appeared on three shows. That’s why Ice T and Coco have their own show. That’s why Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie had a show, or two. And that’s why Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney have shows.
However, the media is overly fixated on the Kardashian sisters, Kim especially. There has never been as much fascination with any of today’s or yesterday’s reality TV show pseudo-stars. So, I’ll ask, why is Kim Kardashian famous? Is it because of her beauty? Is it because of her booty? Is it because of her sex tape? Is it because of her father? No. She’s just famous for being famous it seems.