I don't seek out celebrity "news," but it is everywhere. It permeates all forms of media from the gossip rags to the boob tube, and I typically get more than my share of information this way. While standing in line at the CVS, I read the tabloid headlines and I have been known to read People magazine in waiting rooms. I am neither immune to it nor highly involved in it, but when I hear of something that pisses me off enough, it becomes my cause.
I was listening to the local pop station in the car because my mp3 player was dead. The DJ announced that at 1:10 she was going to tell us listeners "another reason to hate Kim Kardashian." Okay, I could always use a reason to feel better about myself through hearing about how vapid, vain, and shallow the skinny, rich debutantes on TV are. I figured this would be along the lines of Paris Hilton's almost-cutely-naive "what's a Wal-Mart?" antics.
Here it is [via Twitter, a.k.a. celebrities' forum for saying fucked up shit]: "EWW Im at lunch,the woman at the table next 2 me is breast feeding her baby w no coverup."
After facing criticism for her comments, Kim defended them by saying that it was not the breastfeeding (because it was "beautiful and natural" when her sister did it for her child), but mostly the fact that the woman was exposing herself in public.
Okay, so let me get this straight. Kim "lookatme" Kardashian, a "socialite" (who, in other words, is a famous person who does nothing besides get her picture taken and make sex tapes), feels that it's WRONG for this mother to expose her breasts in public.
Kim Kardashian, who regularly exposes her cleavage with the intention of arousing viewers' sexual appetites, says "EWW" to the lady who dares to use those parts of her body for their intended purpose.
Kim Kardashian, a one-time Playboy model who celebrates and condones the sexualization of her baby-makin', baby-growin', baby-feedin' body parts, finds it offensive that this woman's baby was EATING LUNCH IN A RESTAURANT.
Kim Kardashian who, when asked why she was famous responded with, "Because I have a big, fat ass," has decided to tackle a politicized issue. And, although her feelings on the subject only go as deep as what makes her enjoy or not enjoy her lunch (paid for by either one of her athlete boyfriends or last month's pin-up shoot), there are enough people willing to listen that her remarks became national news whether or not she can put a sentence together.
Perhaps if I lose 50 pounds and make a sex tape four million followers will listen to what I have to say too.
Perhaps this is really what it takes for a woman to be valued in society.
My sincere hope is that one day Kimmy K. will be out somewhere with her infant child, long after her fifteen minutes are up, when her body is a tad less desirable to the general public. She will get out her "cover up" to feed her baby, and some young starlet will turn up her nose in disgust because she feels no one should take out her breasts unless she happens to be busty, slender, greased up, and in front of a camera. Because that's totally "natural."