I Don't "Get" The Kardashians

Or maybe I do. But that doesn't mean I buy into the obsession.

I begin to wonder: does anyone besides me care that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West-famously known as "Kimye" got married recently?

Or that another of the Kardashian sisters is about to have another child?  (That's a whole different issue.)

I suspect there are quite a few.  But, like me, they're not reading gossip magazines (beyond the covers anyone can see in the magazine racks).

How did they get famous to begin with? They've never done anything of note, other than being reality TV stars (don't get me started on that).

The sad thing is, I can answer my own question.

The Kardashian sisters are the offspring of the late attorney, Robert Kardashian (a figure in the now-20-year old O.J. Simpson murder case), who inherited his considerable wealth.  In other words, things not available to you and I were available to them, for all the wrong reasons.

The best known of the sisters, Kim, has particularly been a non-stop tabloid/reality figure in recent years.  She married an NBA basketball player, only to divorce him less than two months later. Her marriage to West (no stranger to controversy himself) came AFTER she had his child. (That event speaks for itself.)

And all this is chronicled on the Kardashians' reality TV show on cable TV, which gets great numbers for cable TV, but would have been cancelled if it had appeared on network TV 20 years ago with the same ratings.

Why do people watch this? As an anwser to that question, I've been told people like us like to watch people like them because, their trials and tribulations make it easier for us to accept our own problems.  That's the same explanation I heard 30 years ago, for the popularity of prime-time soaps like Dallas, Dynasty, and Knotts Landing.

The problem is, these are supposedly real people, not characters in a fictional TV show.

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