Occupy The Kardashians

Kim getting ready to divorce on Halloween. Aptly dressed.

Today should mark the day for all opposed to gay marriage and exorbitant weddings.  72 days after exchanging vows, Kim Kardashian is filing for divorce from Kris Humphries, citing “irreconcilable differences”.  If Kim really earned 18 million dollars through selling the rights to her wedding through various media partnerships and then her hourly pay rate boils down to 10,358 dollars an hour from the day she wed Humphries to the day she divorced him, according to New York Times Don Van Natta Jr.  The cost of the wedding is estimated at 10 million for jewelry, three custom Vera Wang dresses and arrangements, not including hair, makeup and butt primping.  This prices the marriage at $138,888 for every day until today.  Her princess head piece cost 2.5 million alone.  Developing nations wish their GDP was that high.

If Kim tries to cry on any post-divorce interviews I will personally start an Occupy Kim Kardashian movement.  This is ridiculous.  I know I’ve hated on Kim Kardashian before but if she’s allowed to be wasteful and lascivious for little more than two months of holy matrimony then we ought to take a second look on who is “allowed” to get married.  Oh, she went to Africa and video blogged about it for two minutes?  Big whoop.  Any celebrity obligated to do charity work can buy a plane ticket and talk to poor black kids.

But it’s whatevs.  I suppose there are worse ways to insult marriage and poor people.

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PR for PR’s Sake?

As the deadline to apply for the republican candidacy closes, it’s becoming clear that we don’t have to worry about Sarah Palin as a serious contender anymore and yet she’s still as visible in the media as ever. But why?

After her reality TV show on TLC, the campaign tour that wasn’t a campaign, and the new scathing Nick Broomfield documentary, it’s no wonder she continues to remain in the spotlight, which makes you wonder about her motivations for this kind of attention if she never planned on running for office, as she says.  Many people still want her to run but it seems as if she’s only interested in maintaining that popular girl persona.  Catherine Shoard of The Guardian reviews Broomfield’s, “You Betcha!” in which she describes how a place (Wasila, AK) can produce personalities: “It’s a city where prom-queen politics can bleed far into adulthood, and one man’s theory about how Palin still acts like ‘the most popular pre-teen girl’ rings right when you hear her giggle at enemies being insulted, or watch her chew gum.  It’s the stuff of high school horror movies: can you stop the most popular girl in school from stabbing you in the back?”

Whatever her politics are remains a mystery we might never crack.  So far all we know is that she is motivated by her religious zeal.  What we do know is that you can’t even pay for the kind of attention she received at her One Nation tour that was abruptly halted after four days on the road.  Reporters were chasing after her as she boarded and drove away, a rare occurrence for politicians, usually reserved only for celebrities.  Palin invites and relishes the hype, with no particular agenda in mind other than “moving our country forward” with conservative Christian values.

Needless to say, very few people take her politics seriously anymore, but she’s still widely supported by those who focus on emotion and ideology rather than rational thought.  It’s fair to say that her fame is comparable to America’s most undeservedly famous Kardashian family in terms of how successful she is in keeping everyone’s attention, despite having nothing to back her image up, which makes her campaigns probably the most successful PR campaigns we see today.