There are three Kim Kardashian camps, the ‘I like or Love Kim Kardashian’, the ‘I hate or can’t stand Kim Kardashian’ and the ‘who is Kim Kardashian?’ Unless you are a scientist working 12 hours a day on a project, a marine biologist who is out at sea for months or someone doing three jobs to make ends meet you definitely know who she is and why she is famous. In case you don’t know her, she is a reality TV star who is extremely famous and the idol of girls, teens and young women the world over.
Why do young girls idolize her? Apart from being beautiful, famous, successful and a healthy role model for girls, teens and women suffering from bulimia or anorexia as she is not a size Zero (if that isn’t enough already) she is an astute business woman who has encashed her stardom to endorse products (even a cup cake mix!), fashion labels, and has also created her own brand of sunless tanner, fragrances and fashion boutique chain. She is a fashion designer, TV personality, model, actress, and even co-produced a TV show. Most probably by the time this article is written she would have gotten up to something new.
The ‘I hate or can’t stand Kim Kardashian’ camp; find her shallow, fake (her fist marriage to Kris Humphries was considered a publicity stunt, it lasted 72 days), lacking emotional depth and an attention seeker. Hardly someone to idolize given that she was friends with Paris Hilton and her claim to fame was a Paris Hilton trend, a leaked homemade sex tape with an ex-lover. So they hate her, which brings me to the point of my article; seriously?
Aren’t there worse things out there that deserve such a strong emotion? How about warlords who recruit young boys for war? Rapists, murderers, paedophiles, the list goes on. Why are we so quick to ‘Hate’ someone who doesn’t share the same values as us, act like we do, think like we do, behave like we do or talk like we do? I know that some people can be annoying, over the top or just plain insensitive, but to hate them?
There are bloggers, journalists, fashion critiques and the grocer next door who can vehemently ramble about this one or that one. There is so much hatred in this world it scares me at times. I know Jesus asked us to love our neighbour and to turn the other cheek, that can be a little too demanding in this day and age but surely we can just walk away? If Kim Kardashian or anyone else for that matter vexes you, ignore them, if they are on a cover of a magazine, don’t buy it; if they are endorsing a product, buy the competing brand; if they are on TV, change the channel but reserve your hatred for far more deserving causes.
This tendency to instantly hate or dislike is fuelling xenophobia, cultural feuds, wars, religious intolerance, cultural intolerance and unrest. If we can’t spread the love then lets at least try to be tolerant. The earth is really huge and there are more than 7 billion people on it, you are going to come across a few who annoy you, irritate you, so just ignore them!
If you believe in the chaos theory that when a butterfly flaps its wings in one part of the world it can cause a hurricane in another part of the world, then stop to think how much our collective emotions of anger, hatred and animosity can result in. Just read the headlines and you’ll know what I mean.