Here’s the thing, on this one, I’d be lying if I said I hate to say I told you so. So I won’t. Because any one of us could have made a mint off placing a bet that the Kim Kardashian disgrace, sham of a wedding, would swiftly end in divorce.
Way back on August 29, I mouthed off against the repulsive excess that was her wedding, the shame the execs at E! Entertainment (I mistakenly thought this stupid special aired on Bravo, so I was trashing NBC Universal unfairly yesterday) should feel for spending upwards of $20 million on the rights for her wedding, when so many people are jobless and homeless in this country. More to the point, for reasons that escape me (and notably President Obama) entirely, young girls, in particular, care about the Kardashian sisters. They watch them and unfortunately they are learning things like money and body equate to happiness and success, marriages can be bought and you can resolve difficult times by walking away instead of putting in some hard work. Kim, in particular, has become famous for not much more than her body, from what I can tell, and within the past two weeks Matt Laurer was swooning over her, asking her for marital bliss insights, on the Today Show. Clearly all in an effort to further promote the Kardashian wedding special airing that weekend.
Meanwhile, Kim answered the questions, playing the coy blissful bride, while the ink was probably wet on her divorce papers.
It was so obvious to me that her sham marriage to make money would end soon after the wedding special aired in October but even cynical me didn’t think it would end a mere 2 weeks later. Kim – ratings whore – you could have at least celebrated your first holiday season as a blushing bride. Think of the ratings during the November sweeps month, people would have tuned in to watch you fumble over making something in the kitchen for your new groom, or to see what you were wearing for your first Christmas as a married couple. Frankly, I’m amazed money-hungry-ratings-whoring Kim didn’t realize what a missed opportunity that was to just prolong her sham marriage. Shots of her acting like a vixen version of Betty Crocker would have been a sweeps hit.
But let’s be serious for a minute. The idea of paying someone to get married for a ratings win, particularly someone who has enormous influence on young girls, during a deep and prolonged recession, is disgraceful. The corporate attorneys should have at least been savvy enough to anticipate the PR disgrace that would follow a $20 million wedding special ending in divorce in the same month and written into the contract that they must remain married at least through the end of the year. This “marriage” ended after 72 days.
So if Mrs. Obama recently said she doesn’t mind her girls watching the Kardashian show on E! so long as they learn something from it, then hopefully what we’re all learning is that if our girls are watching this garbage on TV, they should learn that giving up on marriage isn’t an option after 72 days, that marrying for reasons other than love isn’t ever a good idea, and just because you’re on TV doesn’t mean you are worthy of being there. And to the executives who egregiously agreed to pay her to get married, I said it back in August and I’ll say it again now, I hope you’re fired and then forced to give the equivalent amount to charities around this country that support the people who actually need the money.