Feature

The lesson from Kim’s divorce

Kardashian's farcical marriage has finally drawn back the veil on “reality TV’s fairy-tale narratives,” and exposed them as “hollow and manipulative” shams, said Jennifer L. Pozner at TheDailyBeast.com.

Jennifer L. Pozner
TheDailyBeast.com

Kim Kardashian has done American women a big favor, said Jennifer L. Pozner. The reality-TV star’s farcical 72-day marriage has finally drawn back the veil on “reality TV’s fairy-tale narratives,” and exposed them as the “hollow and manipulative” shams that they are. Despite their name, “reality’’ shows have little to do with “real life or real people,” and send destructive messages to the millions of young women who watch them avidly.

In shows such as The Bachelor and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?, women live in Darwinian competition with one another for rich, arrogant men, and the winners are skinny, bitchy, desperate, and vapid. Relationships are shallow, and have but one goal—a “ludicrously expensive” wedding. “It’s tempting to laugh all this off as harmless fluff,’’ but it’s not. The growing “luxury wedding market,’’ now pulling in $80 billion a year, feeds on these fantasies.

Maybe as viewers watch the reruns of Kim’s Fairy­tale Wedding, and watch Kim promising to love her betrothed “forever,’’ they’ll realize that reality TV is one big, “regressive fantasy.’’

Recommended

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean
A suspected Chinese spy balloon over Montana.
99 Red Balloons?

United States shoots down Chinese spy balloon over Atlantic Ocean

10 things you need to know today: February 4, 2023
President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Daily briefing

10 things you need to know today: February 4, 2023

A surge in violence in Pakistan
The rubble of a Peshawar mosque damaged in a suicide bombing.
Feature

A surge in violence in Pakistan

The Adani Group scandal, explained
Gautam Adani.
Briefing

The Adani Group scandal, explained

Most Popular

Republicans oust Ilhan Omar from House committee
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn)
Punitive politics?

Republicans oust Ilhan Omar from House committee

Japanese restaurants fight back against viral 'sushi terrorism' trend
Photo of Kura Sushi, a Japanese conveyor belt sushi restaurant chain
save the sushi

Japanese restaurants fight back against viral 'sushi terrorism' trend

China says it successfully cloned 3 'super cows'
5 cows lined up at feeding trough.
carbon copy

China says it successfully cloned 3 'super cows'