If you had told me a few years ago, maybe even as recent as a month ago, that I'd be writing about the virtues of the Kardashians, I'd probably tell you when hell freezes over or when pigs fly, but...I'm here to tell the tale. Listen, I know there is so much hate for the Kardashians. I'm guessing that most of the haters have never even watched one episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians ever. The haters hate all the over exposure. The haters hate that they seem like they have zero reason for fame. The Kardashians symbolize the extreme celebrity craze with little talent. Recently, an entrepreneur created an anti-Kardashian app so you can block anything Kardashian from your social media. That's how hated they are by many.
If it weren't for my daughter, I probably never would've tuned in to their show. I, like the haters, judged them for all of the obscene amount of social media, tabloid articles, fashion magazines, etc. It was too much and it all began with a sex tape. Kris Jenner, the matriarch, took her daughter's 15 minutes of fame and spun it into a multi million dollar empire. These women aren't dumb. They aren't lazy. They are a fiercely loyal and loving family. They fight, bicker, make up, forgive. You can see it all. It honestly is not what you think it is. I know the haters have never watched.
So, now the family is dealing with the most real life situation. Their Dad, Bruce Jenner, is transgender. Have you heard about it? (wink, wink) Diane Sawyer did an incredibly raw two hour interview (really 80 minutes without commercials) a few weeks ago. Now, it was the family's turn. Keeping Up With the Kardashians was a two parter this week dealing with their own feelings about their Dad and husband. It was honest, open, painful, funny, and an inside look to what families of transgenders go through. Bruce Jenner sat down with each of his girls and they asked many questions. It wasn't easy to watch. I struggled watching. I shed a few tears. This is very real.
We have heard so many horrific stories about young transgenders with no support or compassion from family or friends ending their lives, tragically. Trying to stop the pain. Watching the Kardashian/Jenner process opens up all the conversations families must go through if they are trying to understand. (The glaring omission in these on- air discussions is Rob Kardashian. One can only imagine that this is just too much for him since he's been struggling with his own demons).
So, here we are. To all the haters, what if this is the Kardashians true calling? What if we all had to suffer through all their publicity and attention seeking to get to this? What if, because we can watch the struggles of a family dealing with a transgender Dad, a life is saved? Clearly, the love and understanding is far greater than many families would have, but there are many lessons of unconditional love here. I have found this so unexpectedly moving. It really is an amazing development in America's most pre-judged and hated family. Maybe the haters should try it. You may learn something.
Sidebars: The Voice is almost over. Tonight's the finale. They are all great. With the exposure they've all had they are all winners. The Bachelorette started their new season last night. It begins with two bachelorettes and the bachelors get to vote for the one they want. I hate the twist. I know, it's the Bachelorette, but it takes the power away from the woman. It denigrates them just a little bit more, when they should be in the power position. Of course, no one ever learns from season to season or just life, someone got belligerently drunk. Got kicked off night 1 by Chris Harrison. Good riddance. The NBA finals continue tonight. Go Golden State Warriors!!!! Go Cleveland Cavaliers! It's Tuesday. I hate Mayor DiBlasio more every day. I didn't pre-judge. Enjoy! :-)
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