The Kardashians, aka America’s unofficial royal family, are a very divisive entity.
This country is obsessed with everything they do, and their exploits are constantly attaining headlines.
But all of this attention is not inevitably positive, as some people absolutely hate this family, watching them as the epitome of excess and narcissism.These people seem to ask: Why should we care aboutrich people who expend most of their hour taking selfies?
It’s a fair question.
With that told, I am not among the people who feel a visceral hatred toward this family. How could I?
I don’t know them personally and don’t believe it’s necessary to waste time or energy impression so negativelyabout a group of strangers.
In someways, I actually respect them. They typify the American dreaming. They’re an immigrant family who escaped the Armenian Genocide and climbed their style to wealth and stardom. Isn’t that what most people cometo this country for?
And Kim Kardashian West, the biggest superstar of them all, essentially took a slut-shamingsituation and carved out a multi-milliondollar empire. That’s not only impressive, it’s a fairlyempowering tale. She should be applauded for not allowing the haters to deter her from pursuing her goals.
In the words of Kanye West, “My girl a superstar all from a home movie.”
Indeed, good for her.When life devoted her lemons, she made millions.
So , no, my problem with the Kardashians is not with them as human beings or individuals.
My problem with the Kardashians isthat people care about them so much and what this reflects about us as a society. I think they’re a distraction from reality, which is problematic as it deters us from focusing on and addressing more pressing issues.
But it’s not their defect millions of people are preoccupied with every tweet or Instagram photo they post — it’s society’s defect; it’s our fault.
We live in a hyper-capitalistic country in whichwealth and status are adored, although poverty and suffering are ignored and even chastised.
That’s what pisses me off about the Kardashians: Peopleallowthemselves to be distracted by this family simply because they are wealthy.
In a country where the middle class is shrinking and countless other problems converge upon millions of people every day, many expend their hour worrying about a family whodoes not make a concerted or consistent effort to contribute to society in any meaningful way.
The Kardashians’ make further efforts to educate people on the Armenian Genocide, among other issues they occasionally focus on, are surely commendable, but theyrarely use their renown for any form of activism( it’s not inevitably their responsibility to, either ). But I digress.
I’m not going to abhor on the Kardashians for being rich. Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
But I do think it’s hour for us to take a moment and think about what we prioritize and pay attention to.
Take, for example, the working day humankindlanded a spacecraft on a comet for the first time in history back in November 2014. This was a tremendous technological and scientific accomplishment.
Comets are massive balls of ice and rock that orbit around the sunshine at 84,000 miles per hour. Landing on one is not a simple task. But, through some incredible ingenuity, humans somehow managed to plant a spacecraft on a comet 317 million miles from Earth.
Moreover, comets have the potential to provide us with information about how the solar system was formed. Scientists believe comets can help us better understand how Earth, and all of its lifeforms, came to be.
So, if I haven’t made it clear, landingon a comet is a huge f* cking deal.
But I bet you didn’t hear about this, because it happened the same day Kim K broke the Internet by uncovering her backside on the covering of Paper magazine.
Again, I don’t blame Kim Kardashian West that you neverheard about a monumental moment in human history — I blame society and its warped priorities.
At the time, the media focused heavily on Kim K’s derriere. So, perhaps this is who or what we should blame.
But, this wouldn’t is thoroughly fair, given the media operating the a business and in order to survive has to generateviewership.
In other terms, most viewers( the public) are far more interested in looking at Kim K’s rear-end than hearing about something like the comet landing( or other, more depressing news ). So, the media simply gives people what they want, and the vicious cycle continues.
In words of fostering integrity and focusing on what’s most important, capitalism is not so good for journalism. It pushes the media to concentrate on what will generate traffic and viewership, and the Kardashians definitely help in that regard.
Meanwhile, we inhabit a country where one in five kids live in poverty, 12 percent of the adult homeless population are veterans, 40 million people collectively owe over $ 1.3 trillion in debt and 30, 000 die from gun violence every year. These are just a small sampleof the issues we collectively face as a nation.
I’m not asking people to stop paying attention to the Kardashians altogether. I’m simply saying there are a lot of things going on in the world worth focusing on other than Kylie Jenner‘s Instagram account or Rob Kardashian’s Snapchats.
You can’t build a better worldif you’re blind to the problems it’s currently facing.
We’re all part of the problem, and we can all be a part of the solution. Change is accomplished little by little.