Boycott the Kardashians

Sammy Croteau, Arts and Culture Editor

The renowned reality TV show, “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” has corrupted its young viewers into believing that living a lavish lifestyle is translated into success, while the show ignores the fact that wealth and glamour aren’t the only factors that define success. They steer away from the true necessities in life and humanistic qualities we all strive for to be happy. The Kardashians give us a false representation of what happiness looks like, because they use their widespread fame and extravagant riches to show they are satisfied with their lives. 

The reality show should portray more accessible ways for the average person to demonstrate they are happy. The celebrity news media and the E! channel that airs the show must turn to less materialistic messages and highlight the raw moments of life through down to earth and relatable characters in order to influence and form an appropriate connection with its audience. Dominating reality TV for 14 seasons now, “Keeping up with the Kardashians” should be taken off the air because of the immoral behaviors presented by the cast. This behavior can easily corrupt the minds of a younger audience, giving them a distorted representation on how to behave in real world circumstances.

            According to Time magazine writer Erin Skarda in November 2011, a “No More Kardashians” petition was launched by a 41-year-old Colorado native, Cyndy Snider. The petition received a great amount of support, with 140,000 signing the online petition that asked the E! channel to take the corrupt family off the air for good. The show constantly addresses the celebrities’ phony ideals, such as how many cars they own, as the most important things to attain in life in order to live life to the fullest. The show puts a strong stress on fashion, body image, makeup, and other worldly subjects but refuses to show the other side of things. Despite being under the reality T.V. category, the program rarely reveals the Kardashian women naturally with no makeup or running out to the grocery store in sweats, lacking the presentation of real life situations. When the show does rarely portray human emotion, the emotions are as of result over one of the materialistic values the show holds. For example, Kim Kardashian crying over losing a diamond earring in the ocean on vacation in Bora Bora.

            Since the show’s premiere, the Kardashians have always valued how they present themselves through their body shape and clothing style. It is true that the Kardashians have presented a body type different from the slender, sometimes unhealthy one that dominated the media in the early 2000s, but they still do not possess body image love completely. The Kardashians have gone through numerous cosmetic procedures such as Botox, breast implants, and even butt implants to achieve this “curvy” look. True body image love is accepting and appreciating the genuine nature of your body without having to change it surgically or covering your face in makeup. This body standard is not achievable for people without the money to get a procedure. The Kardashians rejected the appearance they were given and turned it into something different, which communicates to the audience that they need to change their bodies as well, even when it is not necessary.

            Watching the Kardashians live their profligate lives only takes away from the happenings in our own world. It forces us to focus on the materialistic side of life without appreciating the simplistic happiness that comes from family, friends, nature, and more. Consistent Kardashian viewers, especially in the adolescent age group, are more likely to ignore their true identities because the Kardashians exaggerate their Hollywood lifestyle to be desirable. The show blinds the public with the women’s misleading idea of success: having a reputation and a lot of money to keep it up.