My Hopes Were Kar-dashed Away
October 31st, the day when we should be overloaded on all things Halloween quickly became the day we nearly overdosed on Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries. It bled into the first of November, I’m still choking on it today, and I suspect it’ll be invading our space for weeks to come. Things Longer Than Kim’s Marriage has been trending on Twitter for a couple of days now and people are posting and reposting jokes at her expense. On the other end, some have been questioning whether or not they will be able to sustain a relationship if someone like Kim can’t hold it together. Radio DJs on nearly every station have been speculating about her marriage and upcoming divorce between nearly every song. No matter what the opinion is, no one is being shy about expressing it.
Kim is famous for being famous. Everything she’s accomplished stems from the fact that she was “discovered” due to her sex tape and the obsession about her and her family that followed. This level of fame brings with it a feeling that we know who she is as a person and gives us the freedom to pass judgment and make statements as though we are one of her confidants. I’m one of many who is patiently waiting for the entire Kardashian clan to vanish into the background because I’m overly exhausted about constantly hearing about people who don’t matter to me and who really shouldn’t matter in the first place. I’m not a fan of Kim and the previews alone for their show on E! makes me cringe, so please don’t mistake the following as the words of someone who respects, admires, or harbors any positive emotion or thought for her.
Kim’s marriage to Kris wasn’t the shortest marriage in the history of celebrity nuptials or among the rest of us and it won’t be the last quicky marriage we hear about on the entertainment pages. People get married every day for all sorts of reasons, hopefully one of which is love, and they separate daily as well due to a variety of factors. It’s a romantic idea that marriage lasts forever and I hope it does in my case, but marriage has a 50/50 chance of ending in divorce, which has touched nearly every family in some way. You would think that with divorce being as common as it is, we wouldn’t be so obsessed over these two people making the choice to separate.
It shouldn’t be anyone’s concern why they separated or why they married to begin with. I saw one Twitter post that claimed the pair made $250,000 for every day of their marriage, proving the reason they wed was for profit. Even if that’s true, it’s no one’s fault but ours for letting it happen. If we didn’t buy every magazine with her wedding photo on it and if we didn’t DVR her wedding special to watch over and over again, those things wouldn’t be profitable. It’s unfair to be angry at someone making money off of their wedding when we’re helping fund it with our purchases and other ways we seek out exclusive information about it. Some people claim they married solely for attention. Also our fault for giving them more attention than is deserved. Some say they rushed into it. Maybe they did, and maybe it’s none of our business. I moved nearly 1000 miles to be with my husband after spending only 48 hours with him and we were married within 2 months, so far be it from me to judge people for rushing. Nearly all of us are guilty of doing the same thing at one point or another, be it with a relationship or a large purchase or an extravagant vacation or any other seemingly large commitment.
Even if Kim and Kris decided to wed for purely selfish and self-serving reasons that had nothing to do with love and the intent to spend their lives together, in no way does their activity have a negative effect on the institute of marriage. My marriage isn’t cheapened by their activities. This broken union shouldn’t become part of the fight to legalize same sex marriages. All arguments claiming that they destroyed the sanctity of marriage are just silly, for lack of a better term. Yes, it’s very unfortunate that same sex marriages can’t occur countrywide, but you can’t bring that into the Kardashian fiasco. She’s allowed to get married as often as she wants to any guy she feels like walking down the aisle with because the law allows it. She didn’t get married as a slight against the gay community and it’s ridiculous for people to be up in arms and bring the same sex marriage debate into this short-lived union.
I get that this whole mess of marital bliss was sensational and juicy and a great talking point for anyone with an audience, but let’s be objective for a minute and ask ourselves if it’s really that big of a deal. The largest effect that Kim and Kris tying the knot has had on my life is this blog, as this is the most time and energy I’ve spent on their union since whenever they started dating. If Kim gave birth to a three-headed baby with superpowers or if Kris was actually a robot, then I could definitely understand the amount of attention and speculation this short marriage is getting. Since neither of those are true (unfortunately) why do we care so much? They got married, big deal. Oops, it didn’t work and they’re separating, big deal. It’s not as if they had children who are going to be affected by mommy and daddy going their separate ways. None of us bought them a wedding gift that we now want returned to us. The only way on Earth this can affect any of us is if we allow it to. Seems easy to avoid.
The worst offense so far and the clearest sign that we all need to take a deep breath and shut up about this is the statement Rob Delaney made. He claims that Kim should be sued, along with Comcast and E! and others, for promoting and profiting from a sham marriage. The words of this comedian are probably in jest, but it’s quite possible that Delaney does in fact feel this way to some extent. The site that reported his statement then claimed the marriage made us look like idiots and goes on to ask its readers if they think a lawsuit is in order. So now we should debate over whether or not the cash Kim and Kris made should be paid to the general public or donated to charity? Are you kidding me? I’m beginning to give up hope in society having any intelligence left in it.
Ladies and gentlemen, I propose that we grab a hold of our dignity while we still can and let this failed marriage die in the hands of the people who entered into it and not allow it to be slowly dissected on our television screens and Google searches. Let us take a brief moment to have our final say, be it on Facebook or Twitter or just yelling out your bedroom window, and let us be done with it. Let’s allow ourselves a moment of common sense so that we can realize that a marriage and a divorce is far from breaking news and is not worthy of this much of our attention and valuable time. And can we please finally admit as a society that banging on video and leaking it to the public shouldn’t result in your entire family becoming famous?