Off the Line – Karen Haviland

Fame, money or ego? Sometimes some things just leave you speechless and shaking your head.

Sometimes some things just leave you speechless and shaking your head. I’m sure that by now most of you have seen the recent pictures of Kim Kardashian’s unforgettable naked backside. When I say “unforgettable,” make no mistake, I don’t mean that in a nice way. My eyes are still bleeding from viewing that picture.

Of course, part of that repugnance could be due to the fact that I am sadly lacking in that department. I think one of my friends put it succinctly when he commented about how I looked wearing leggings.

“You look like a flamingo with no butt,” is what he said.

Great observation skills there buddy.

I come by that fairly honestly. My mother and father can be thanked for blessing their children with flat-as-a-board butts. As the old saying goes, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. Or, in my family’s case, the nut doesn’t fall far from the bush.

But, once again, I have digressed. This column isn’t about me and my lack of attributes, but more so about today’s culture which reveres some people for all the wrong reasons.

If not for an “accidently” leaked tape in 2003 co-starring Ray J, Kim Kardashian might not ever have become the household name she is today.

After that episode, Kardashian astutely and calculatingly built upon that event to bring her where she is today. As of May 2014, she was estimated to be worth $45 million. Not bad, huh? That, folks. is capitalism at its best, or should I say worst?

If the reports of Kardashian’s wealth are only half true, if she is only worth $20 million or so, she is still an extremely rich woman. So, why, I ask, would she continue to build her wealth through pictures which have recently surfaced showing her buttered biscuits in full living colour? To what end?

Obviously it’s not financially motivated. So therefore one has to assume that it is all about the ego. This is the part where I shake my head in disgust and disbelief. This is utter and total self-absorption to the detriment of those around her.

She said she was going to “break the Internet,” but all Kardashian really broke was the unspoken rule that all women should be mentors and role models to those who come after them. Role model she is not and I emphatically say that if I had a daughter I would not let her mentor my child, not even for a second.

In today’s world, it is hard enough for parents to help their child keep their moral compass pointed north without the likes of people such as Kardashian romanticizing something which, in the end, is pure trash.

I get that she’s proud of her body; I think more women should stop being so critical of themselves and learn to love their bodies, no matter what their shape or size. However, there is a line to be drawn when you are high profile and young girls look up to you. Did you know that she has 25 million Twitter followers? You can be assured that a large proportion of those followers are young girls.

One of those young girls who looks up to her is her daughter, North, or Nori as she is called. One day North will be privy to all things Kardashian, including the tape and the photo shoot in Paper Magazine. If she reads comments made about the photo shoot she will quickly discover that her mother has now become a shameful parody of her former self and a sad reflection of egomania gone wrong.

In the end Kardashian has to live with herself. I wonder though how she would feel if, in 20 years time, she sees a mirror reflection of herself in her daughter when her daughter chooses to show the world all her assets.

It just goes to show that you can have all the money in the world, but there is one thing money can’t buy and that is class.


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