Check on any most-hated celebrity list these days, and you will assuredly come across one Kim Kardashian. Kim, as I definitely don’t need to tell you, rose to prominence by dating actor Nick Lachey, then got catapulted to fame when her sex tape with Ray J was “leaked,” which was followed by a crazed and ultimately very successful attempt by her psychotic mother Kris Jenner to land the entire family on a reality show.
That show, of course, was “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” and the family now also has like a billion spin-offs, including “Kourtney and Kim Take New York,” “Some Other Sisters Take Miami,” and “Khloe and Lamar.”
Now, I know what you’re thinking — how is it possible to feel sorry for such a bunch of shamelessly self-promoting individuals? And hear that concern. But my feeling bad for Kim Kardashian has been slowly building up, from when it first became apparent that she was succumbing to the demands of Hollywood’s anti-aging machine to when her short-lived marriage revealed that she was nothing more than a product in her mother’s eyes. And recently, I had an experience that I’d like to share with you, that really cemented my pity in stone.
Here’s a clip from Season 1 of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians.” You’ll probably recall that Kim once posed for Playboy. But do you remember that it was kind of Kris Jenner who pushed her into it? Here, Kim gives a little of that pressure back to her mother:
OK. So I don’t expect that clip to endear her to anyone. And maybe you’re even thinking that if a person feels that their life is worth being captured and broadcast on national television, they do need a little bit of a reality check.
But here’s where my pity comes in. Compare the Kim you saw in that video clip to the Kim of today. Here’s another excerpt from their show, only from this year:
Kim is kind of different these days. First of all, it looks like she’s had some pretty significant work done. But more than that, she’s become pretty stiff, somewhat unlike her former self, that all I can attribute it to is the knowledge that the whole world pretty much hates her, and that every word she utters, every thought she thinks, every movement she makes will likely be ripped apart, trampled upon and spat out like a rotten Carls’ Jr. hamburger.
Some among you might feel that she brought this upon herself by entering into reality TV in the first place, although I would argue that her mother kind of made that decision for her. But even more than that, I do genuinely believe that no one deserves to have their job be being despised by the entire world, unless you’re a murderous dictator. Kim Kardashian isn’t a murderous dictator. She’s a talentless celebrity, and in fact she’s a form of entertainment — she’s a hate-watch. She’s basically a vessel for everyone to dump their unresolved feelings of rage and sadness into, and in her face and her mannerisms (or lack thereof), it’s starting to show.
Look, I’m not saying that we all have to be best friends with Kim Kardashian. But I am saying that it must really fucking suck to get knocked down so hard and find that once you’re on the ground, the world delights in kicking you with steel-toed boots.
So will I watch her show now? Probably not. But I still feel sorry for her.