“I’m like a movie star.” And the world is glad .
Now that Jenner’s photo is circulating on the Internet, it is being called out for what seems like an obvious lack of journalistic integrity by a number of people. While she and the Kardashians are far from being the most honest and ethical individuals in their industry, this is a pretty damning accusation for a couple of reasons. First, it is hard enough for the rest of the industry on the whole without the Kardashians being the sole focus instead of other celebrities. Second, Jenner’s Instagram image shows her wearing shoes that have no shoe tag. This is a major problem when it comes to shoe tags, and Jenner should know and accept that. This was, again, the message the Kardashians were trying to convey with their recent image: “ We are all in this together.” And for many celebrities, this message is too hard to ignore. After all, it was that sentiment that drove the public into their support during the 2009 Haiti earthquake and subsequent response.
It is tough for people to accept that their own success, as well as those of other celebrities, is dependent on others. While some of their own fans would surely have liked to see them go even further with their messageespecially as the situation in West Africa has gotten to a level of direness, with Ebola being declared a national emergency in the capital of Liberia and all of Africa being considered at riskthis is something that comes with the territory. Most celebrities, the people who watch Hollywood TV, or the people that actually write the blogs in the media, don’t fully understand what is truly driving the actions of the celebrities, and the reality of the situation. While this does not excuse their failings and their self-serving and dishonest actions (which may or may not be indicative of some genuine problems in the industry), it does help highlight the necessity for more awareness among the public and in Hollywood of the true issues in the culture and the way in which celebrities can and should be perceived. To make matters worse, the situation has not even started to play itself out. Last night, Jenner was apparently called out by two other stars in a separate scandal on Thursday afternoon.
First, Katy Perry, who has appeared on and off since the beginning of the year, came under fire for revealing pictures of herself without her pants on. That came from a Twitter user by the name of @HypeJay, and was seen by a number of celebrities on Twitter, including Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner. As I have previously written about, celebrities can and should have their own personal, personal privacy, but when that privacy comes at the expense of the whole star systema family unit comprised of the Kardashians and their entire familyit undermines the integrity of any public celebration of their individual success. So, rather than address the matter in detail, Perry was instead criticized for a mere “disgrace.” It’s no small thing, and it highlights an important thing. More than just fans (and celebrities’ fans), celebrities have jobs and families to go on as well. Their job entails going to the grocery store to pay your bills, leaving you the most important conversation of the day. It’s all about how the show is broadcasted, not about how we perceive and value them as a human being.
The Kardashians have become somewhat of an icon for the modern, and arguably, more hip, woman. They have become an icon to many, and are, in the majority of minds, the most successfulthe youngest to be in the #1 spot since 1998for a reason. So, what did Jenner actually do that caused the Kardashians to be so heavily featured as heroes in the face of some truly heartbreaking and horrible images? While Jenner and the Kardashians have always had a reputation for being out of the public eye, if you watch their reality show, or in this case, the documentary, Keeping Up With the Kardashians , you will get to see many of the things that fans of the Kardashians might think they are privy to, however if you go against the grain and question the authenticity of the show, you may come under the criticism of some fans in that same category that have never met the real Kardashians. In the case of Jenner, fans will ask questions like: “So what did you do that caused fame, beauty, and fortune? (See the Kardashians’ interview with Paris & Joe from last year) “ “What does it mean to your family? (See the Jenner interview with Paris & Joe last year) “ “How are you doing now? (See the Kardashian interview with Paris & Joe last year) “ “Does this affect our relationship with our children? (See the Kardashian interview with Paris & Joe last year) “ and the list goes on in an inexhaustible way. Jenner is one of the most beloved celebrities to be a