Let's be honest. Kim Kardashian is easy to make fun of. Despite her actually seeming like a pretty nice human being, she's a target. She's a target because she's undeniably gorgeous (and over-the-top with her mile-long lashes, locks, and Louboutins), and she's famous for being famous. This isn't news. But, to me, the thing about Kim that kind of makes her likable is that she's in on the joke of her fame. It seems like she actually realizes the ridiculousness of herself and the ridiculousness of her popularity. She doesn't take herself all that seriously. And every once in a while, she even says something fairly insightful.
And then, every once in a while, she undoes said insightful statement by saying ... something else.
In a new interview for V magazine, Kim puts together a fairly cogent argument against her haters, and on being a famous reality star. She said: "I think it’s fascinating, because [reality TV] is still entertainment, you know? It’s fun to see the progression of that idea. I don’t take offense to it at all. I’m not naïve to the fact that I’m not a singer or an actress or anything like that. I’ve never claimed to be anything that I’m not. I think [reality] is still a new form of entertainment that was kind of an unexpected thing."
Pretty intelligent, right? I mean, she's right, I don't think too many people ever thought reality would be what it is -- and no matter how low-brow it is, it sort of still is evolving.
But then Kim went and compared being a reality star to being a rapper. And that's where things just got silly. Kim continued: "[Reality] reminds me of rap music. When rap music first came out, people were like, We don’t understand this, what is this, it’s just a fad. But rap music is definitely here to stay, and I think reality shows have proven they are as well. But when something is newer, people don’t really understand it."
Okay. I mean, I think we all understand reality TV. Perhaps a little too much. And it's not really an art form in the sense that to be on one of these shows you need talent. And that's not even meant to be an insult. I think Kim is extremely savvy and built something not many people could, but that came with time. To initially be "reality famous," you pretty much just have to exist.
And reality has been around for a while, too. In 1973, An American Family aired. And after that, in 1992, there was The Real World. No other time in history has the market been so saturated, but it certainly was around. And producers understood enough that people were entertained by it, because they kept creating more of these shows.
So, I'm not really buying the whole rap comparison. I think of them as two completely different forms of entertainment that never had much in common, save for the fact that they were both "new" at some point in time. Lots of things are new at some point in time. But then again, maybe I just don't understand it.
What do you think of this?
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