I really have no interest whatsoever in the Kardashian-Jenner klan. I’m not fond of their pursuit and pride in being culture vultures, I don’t care for their tactics of being famous for being famous, I don’t care for their diva attitudes and that they find a way to make it seem as if they are more important than what they really are. Some of them are slightly talented: Kendall is apparently a decent model, and Kris is an amazing business manager. However, let’s call a spade a spade and address that Kendall probably wouldn’t be the model she is to this day if it wasn’t for her family name giving her the countless opportunities other aspiring models are unable to receive. And Kris pimps her children out in her momager castle. Morals gone out the window, but people seem to love them.
Occasionally, my friends want to discuss the Kardashian-Jenners. Of these occasions, I will tell them 100 percent of the time that I don’t care what that klan of black appropriation monstrosity and mockery is doing with their lives to build their brand for a financial gain. Kim has to deal with Kanye. Oh, well. Sucks for her. Tristan cheated on Khloe right before giving birth to their daughter. Don’t care.
I wouldn’t say that I’m hostile in my dislike for this family of celebrities, but I have my reasons for being so frustrated, as I feel many black women probably should. They’re a plague on pop culture that just doesn’t seem to go away, no matter how many times you tell it to go home. But instead of being cute, annoying neighbors like Steve Urkel or Roger, this group has no positive impact on society.
First and foremost, the Kardashian-Jenners have such a detrimental effect on black culture. Everything from cornrows and hip-hop culture, this family of white and white-Armenians appropriated to make themselves included. It’s infuriating. (By the way, Armenians are of a Caucasian ethnicity due to their origins in the Caucasus Mountains; though, they may be considered as “ethnic” whites.)
As black people, hip-hop culture has been something of our own to voice our frustrations about the oppression of society. That’s how rap and the forthcoming hip-hop movement came to be created. But the Kardashian-Jenners use it as a platform to stay trendy, seem like they’re cool, all at the expense of another cultures’ social isolation. It would be a separate issue if this family paid homage and respect to the cultural traditions they have stolen for themselves for the sake of media relevance, but they do not. Essentially, they’re wearing and using everything we’ve struggled for as black people, but they get to take them off like a t-shirt and be white and wealthy again.
The morphing of the Kardashian-Jenners into black society as become detrimental to us as black people. Despite their exploitation of our cultural rituals and interests without giving any sort of proper respect, they also have notion to conquer black men. OK, maybe they choose black men who aren’t always the most respectful themselves, but doesn’t it seem weird that they — with the exception of Kourtney — only choose black men? No black men in their family, but it’s as if they traveled to the slave auction and saw the best one on the block and bid for the one they wanted. Despite the fact that it seems like there’s some psychological factor that’s coming into play that they may not be mentioning (their father’s death for example and their close family ties to O.J. Simpson), I can’t help but feel like black men are chattel to them, available at their use or expense.
Finally, I know a number of black women who seem to love this family. They love following them and keep up with their latest movements. But more than anything, I absolutely detest the effect that the Kardashian-Jenners have made on black women. We have been exploited more than any other group or trend that this family decides to wear as an accessory for the day. This plastic surgery-junkie family has black women believing that our bodies were never good enough, even though the family is emulating the black woman’s body. It’s disgusting and pathetic. They go to the surgeon asking for bigger butts and bigger breasts, bigger lips — all natural attributes that we have been made fun of or taunted at school, work, the professional mainstream media — and they’re rewarded for their “beautiful” and “trendy” bodies. They have us doubting what we already have. So, we also go to the surgeon asking for augmentations in areas where we don’t need it, areas where we were already well-endowed. The Kardashian-Jenners have mind-fucked us so hard into thinking that WE’re not even black enough. They’re psychologically manipulating us to follow their trend and become one of them. They have us thinking that we are not enough for ourselves.
Kim Kardashian, as of late, has expressed a desire to engage more so with prison reform. I call bullshit on this tactic. It’s all a marketing scheme. Nonetheless, she met with President Trump to go over how our prison system needs to be revamped. This first pissed me off because we have countless of women who have been working on this issue for decades. Angela Davis made a majority of her career dedicated to prison reform. The fact that Kim didn’t reference any of these activists is disrespectful within itself. Kim claims that she feels unfulfilled with her life and that shopping all the time is useless; hence, her need to be more involved with social issues. She’s right. But I also think that as she’s getting older, the detrimental effects she’s caused on black society is catching up to her and she’s feeling a HINT of white guilt. Why just a hint? Because she only advocated for one non-violent, black, female offender to be pardoned. Once this woman was freed last week by Trump (which I think that Kim was the only person who could have wooed him to do this since they’re both reality TV show stars and hungry for attention), is Kim continuing with her prison reform mission? Don’t get me wrong, what I think she did was great, but I’m still calling bullshit on this televised and highly-media-covered, white-guilt stunt. For one black woman she freed, there’s still millions who she mocks and makes fools every single day.
It’s all disgusting and disheartening, especially to see so many people of color adore and follow this family. More than owning black men with their televised beauty, this family is trying to own black women. Once they can get the majority of black women, then they rule the “trendsetting” world. Black women create the trends of society, and once they’re on our good graces, then they probably believe that their family business is set for life. But we cannot allow them. We have to see them for the snakes in the grass that they are. We are not people to them, only mere subjects to be conquered in their twisted everything-is-fake-and-for-a-monetary-gain world. Morals and ethics are completely gone out the window. We have to reclaim our time and dignity from the Kardashian-Jenners.