Kim Kardashian made her first television appearance via satellite on mom’s Kris Jenner’s talk show since giving birth to daughter North West. But her appearance was overshadowed a bit by President Obama’s criticism of the Kardashian clan when he slammed their reality TV shows.
On the Friday episode of Kris, Kim “surprised” her mom with a satellite video message. She said, “Hi, Mom! I just wanted to say hi. I’m sorry I couldn’t be there … I’m loving life a little bit too much right now.” She finished by saying, “I watch you every single day. You are so amazing. You really are born to do this. I just wanted to say I love you, and have an amazing show.”
With the entire Kardashian family seeming to dominate the airwaves, it’s not surprising that the American president has taken time out of his busy schedule to state his displeasure at the message sent out by the Kardashians. He’s got a problem with their television shows influencing a younger generation of young people who are obsessed with wealth and fame.
President Obama focused on Kim and her rapper superstar Kanye West during an interview while he toured one of Amazon’s warehouses in Tennessee. He denounced reality television shows like hers for introducing fans to a wealthy way of life that has affected the goals of young people.
He’s not too far from the truth. In July 2012 90 percent of school children responded to the question of what they wanted to be when they grew up with the answer, “I want to be famous.” Obviously not realising that fame isn’t a job option.
The president said, “The American dream involved some pretty basic stuff — a good job where you felt some security, a good education … People felt if they worked hard they could get there … I don’t think people went around saying to themselves, ‘I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house’ … I think there has also been a shift in culture. We weren’t exposed to the things we didn’t have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing or where Kanye West was going on vacation and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”
That Kim Kardashian has carved a reality television dynasty goes without question. Although her younger fans may not be aware that her rapid rise to fame started with a leaked sex tape. If you look up Kardashian on the internet, Wikipedia will tell you that she is an “American television personality and occasional actress.” The site then states that in 2007, the sex tape scandal erupted and she won a lawsuit of $5 million. Later that year she and her family got their own reality TV show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians and several spin-offs that spawned from the original show has meant that “clan Kardashian” have become a part of younger people’s lives.
In 2010, Kardashian was named the highest-earning reality star, with estimated earnings of $6 million. But this isn’t the first time that President Obama has slammed all things Kardashian. He wasn’t pleased when Kim’s boyfriend Kanye West stormed the stage in 2009 at the MTV Awards to confront Best Female Artist winner Taylor Swift. The President called West a “Jacka**.” While Kim is staying at home as she said on Kris Jenner’s talk show, perhaps she can take in Obama’s comments in a more relaxed state.
By Michael Smith