November 21, 2014


Kardashian Tweets the Vote

My own perusal of social media rarely brings Kim Kardashian West into view.   Far more often I cross paths with Kardashian detractors with a variety of complaints. The kvetching ranges from ubiquitous publicity of her nude photographs, to accusations that she is little more than a vapida cashing in with her family and her handlers on beauty and fame for—well—being famous.

The tone of some of her critics sounds like victimization, as if onlookers have no control over, nor accountability for what hits their retinas. Personally, I have never run into a picture of Kim Kardashian between the covers of a great book, nor in a worthy movie, nor have I encountered gossip about her public or private life (same thing?) in what I would consider a thoughtful magazine.

It might be true that she is very comfortable with her body, and perhaps even excited when other folks see it in various stages of undress. (For my money, I would happily watch a fully-clothed debate between KKW and Emma Watson, who feels that nude images are private unless voluntarily made public, and who has understandable qualms about what happens when human beings are separated from their thoughts and concerns and reduced to parts reminiscent of cuts of meat.)

That said, we are creatures who delight in the doings of the wealthy and the beautiful. We enjoy this distraction from our own lives. Gossipers, it has been found, live longer than the more discrete of us, perhaps because, as social animals they are more vitally connected with others. Let’s face it, discussing the weather gets old. Bringing up religion and politics can lead to blows. Hating, or loving, Kim Kardashian is safe territory, and only feeds her branding machine.

Given that life is truly quite short, those who have had enough of Kim Kardashian West and her ilk might feel better attending to other matters, such as those under-reported crimes against our society raised by Project Censored.

For the truly masochistic, there is always C-Span, where Congressional decisions, and more often, political indolence, are played out for all to see on our televisions with glacial torpor. Don’t forget those local newsmaker segments on the major news channels. It is in these places that events occur (or do not) that truly touch our individual lives.

What about the argument some make that Kim Kardashian has no cogent opinions, and does nothing of social value with the vaunted position she has achieved. Yet on 3 November 2014, she tweeted a cartoon image of herself (of course) standing with a cartoon President Obama in front of a cartoon White House topped by an American flag. The accompanying verbiage said,

I’m standing w Obama in the midterm election 2morrow! Find out what u need to cast ur ballot:

Obama/Kardashian TicketThis message was retweeted by 1.9 thousand of her followers, and favorited (if that’s a word) by 4.4 thousand followers. Yes, compared to the response she gets to baby pictures she tweets, that’s a slow day for KKW. But it represents a risk on her part. She has stepped out of the shadows occupied by the opinion-free famous set to take the position that voting is important (a concept many whiners still argue against), and that she is for Obama, his party, and his agenda (for which she might really catch hell.) Perhaps this position appears no more brave than saying “clean air is good”, a point which some others might argue. But when one takes a stance, any stance, one risks alienating a fairly large segment of one’s fan-base. I don’t think this tweet put a dent in her 25.7 million Twitter followers, but I could be wrong.

So maybe there is room for even more outlandish utterances from Kim Kardashian West. I hope so, but after posting this, I will probably miss them.


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