Are the Kardashians Ruining America?



FILE – In this Aug. 17, 2011 file photo, from left, Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Kris Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, and Kendall Jenner arrive at the Kardashian Kollection launch party in Los Angeles. The E! Entertainment network said Tuesday it had reached a deal with its most bankable franchise to make three more seasons of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, file)

Kim Kardashian is the queen of Hollywood, and the world is her platform. Magazine covers, press appearances, phone apps, and the family’s TV show dominate the media. Their reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians, has been running since October of 2007 and is currently in its tenth season. The whole Kardashian family thrives off the rabid interest of its viewers and fans.

I cannot lie: I have watched the show a few more times than I would be willing to admit. It is the type of show that you watch and say to yourself, “Wow this is actually their life…” This “reality” show is probably the most unrealistic depiction of an American family, but maybe that is why it is so entertaining.

As the seasons of Keeping Up With the Kardashians go by, you can slowly see their power, influence, and wealth increasing. They have gained many fans and haters over these years. Many Kardashian opposers claim that her vocal fry and “dumbed down” way of speaking are bad influences on young girls who may watch the show.

Though many claim that the family did not have to work for their money, BHS senior and noted Kardashian fan Jillian Leavey said, “They make smart business moves. Obviously they are doing something right, considering so many people would love to be them.”

The Kardashian family is one of the most affluent families in Hollywood. If Kim were to say that she was never wearing the color blue again, I could guarantee that there would be hundreds of magazine articles the next day explaining why the color blue has gone out of style. She’s the real-life Regina George.

Senior Allie Horemis said, “Not only is Kim a brilliant businesswoman, but she has managed to turn herself into one of the most powerful businesses in the world.”

Kelsey McGuggart, a senior, agreed. “They have built a worldwide empire and are living a fulfilling life. I respect their choices.”

Worldwide empire? Maybe. But respectable choices? Senior Lauren Bloom dissented. She said, “They are single-handedly ruining this world. They think they are above everyone else, and yet they have no talent.”’

Mr. Malossi, an English teacher here at BHS, said, “the Kardashians add nothing of value to my life, and I find their complete disinterest in anything other than themselves disconcerting. That so many people look up to them is really a disturbing sign of the times. Intellectual incuriousity and vapidity are not admirable traits.”

I guess there can be no definitive answer regarding the proposition that the Kardashians are “ruining America.” It all depends on whether you view their decisions as smart moves or selfish ways to get ahead.