Monday, December 31, 2012

The classless ‘Culture of Kardashian’ strikes yet again

Few other cultural stories than the ongoing saga of television personality Kim Kardashian demonstrate more aptly the biblical principle: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)

The media, fueled by a paying public and gossip hounding society, have chronicled Kardashian’s rise from somewhat sheltered biological daughter of Robert Kardashian -- who served as defense counsel to O.J. Simpson during his 1994 murder trial -- to internationally known celebrity by 2007.

Her biological mother, Kris, has been remarried to U.S. Olympics champion and darling of the 1970s Wheaties box, Bruce Jenner, since 1991.

By 2004, Kim was serving as a stylist to celebrities. A short two years later, she launched a luxury California clothing business, D-A-S-H, with sisters Khloe and Kourtney.

But Kardashian’s true rocket to fame? Huffington Post puts it best.

“Kim Kardashian owes a large part of her fame to the release of her sex tape with then-boyfriend Ray J,” the site reports, in a Nov. 2 story.

In 2007, Kardashian won a $5 million settlement from the company that released her sex video. That same year, the entire family cashed in with a television reality series, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Fast-forward to 2012, and the series has entered its seventh season.

We’ve been treated to play-by-play coverage of NBA’s Kris Humphries’ courting of Kim, his posh, multi-million dollar wedding to Kim – and his subsequent, and nearly immediate, separation from Kim. And in between, Kim and her sisters have been treated like royalty by a complimentary press. Even family-friendly Fox host Gretchen Carlson, normally sensitive to equality issues between men and women, appeared to fawn during a morning visit with the three Kardashian sisters to discuss their entrepreneurial achievements in Nov. 2010, and again with an interview with Khloe and Kourtney in July of 2011. Following the latter, social media sites exploded with gossip of Khloe’s tactless display of body parts.

And now the latest: The still married Kardashian is now pregnant with rapper Kanye West’s baby.

Once again, Huffington Post provides some much needed perspective:

“Kardashian’s first sex tape with Ray J was shot in 2003 and released in 2007. Since then, the brunette beauty and her family have gone on to dominate the world of reality TV and beyond. Most recently, there have been reports that the singer’s boyfriend Kanye West had a couple of his own sex tapes being shopped around – one of which was said to feature a Kardashian look alike,” the Nov. 2 story continues.

The culture of Kardashian: Selfish, self-centered, materialistic, adulterous, voyeuristic, immoral, petty, self-indulgent.

And yet -- revered, respected, held in high esteem by press and public alike. How far we have strayed from our Judeo-Christian roots.

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