Why you should keep up with the Kardashians

Anya Dussault, News Editor

Sometimes it’s just nice to sit back, relax, and watch drama (that you’re not a part of) unfold. And, although all reality television shows are filled with scripted and unscripted drama, “Keeping up with the Kardashians” is a classic.

Many fans of the reality show have found themselves wishing that they could be part of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, myself included. Their family dynamic is crazy, but it’s also very amusing; even when they are arguing and genuinely hurt by a family member, they manage to make up by the end of the episode (or, at least, a few episodes later). They lift each other up and provide support when it really counts.  

I think one misconception about the Kardashians is that all they do is party, fight, and provide entertainment for their viewers (and haters). Don’t get me wrong, I don’t deny that they do a lot of partying and fighting, and I think that is a big part of why there is such an allure to this famous family. However, members of the Kardashian-Jenner clan also intentionally use their platform to raise awareness on issues that are very important to them.

They recognize and acknowledge that they have a strong following, particularly with the younger generations, and intentionally use episodes of the show to educate their viewers. For instance, they have aired episodes during which they visited domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters, met with India’s first openly gay prince, spoke with representatives about Planned Parenthood, and more.

Although there is certainly a lot of light fluff packed into each episode, the family members do face their fair share of real life issues (aside from when Kim lost a diamond earring in the crystal blue waters of Bora Bora, leading to Kourtney’s infamous response of “Kim, there’s people that are dying”), and they allow viewers to see past the glitz and glamour. Some of these include: Caitlyn’s transition, Kim’s robbery, Khloé’s divorce from pro basketball player Lamar Odom (and his struggle with depression), and Khloé’s fitness transformation. They have been as honest and vulnerable about these serious life moments as their fans could expect.

Along with many of their other fans, I get to live vicariously through all of their adventures, whether family vacations (Bora Bora, Thailand, Greece, Dominican Republic, etc.) or short “sister” trips to Santa Barbara. They can turn simple, normally boring trips to the grocery store into a laughable moment (throwback to when Khloe handcuffed Kris to a mime in the hopes of cheering her up). For all of his faults, Scott has also provided us with some pretty entertaining moments, from becoming “the lord” to his running joke of imitating Todd Kraines to his constant supply of sarcastic commentary that lowkey disses the Kardashians but also has them laughing at themselves.

Sure, maybe they started their careers solely because of Kim’s infamous sex tape, but you can’t argue that the Kardashian empire isn’t impressive. Not very many people can take that type of fame and then bring it to where it is now. Additionally, they have been incredibly successful in their other careers, from their Dash boutiques to cosmetics lines to the sisters’ apps.

Regardless of whether you love or hate the Kardashians (and Jenners), you can’t deny that the show has provided us with some very relatable quotes/memes/gifs, as well as an inside look of a hilariously dysfunctional family.