Anonymous said: Can you expand on your Kardashian theory? I'm not a fan, but wonder about how to safely loathe her...
I’m not sure that I can advise people to loathe strangers.
Kim Kardashian is definitely a person. A human being who is doing whatever it is that humans do. The thing to think about is *WHY* you have this antipathy for her. Did she cut you off in traffic? Did you go to the restroom after her and she put hand towels in the sink? Is she a bad tipper at restaurants? Or is she just a person who you see on television, magazines and (probably) the internet?
I’ve heard that she is stupid, this could be true. I heard that she seeks fame for its own sake, this could be true. I heard that she’s talentless, this could be true. But these traits are common of a lot of people! Yet Kardashian is the person singled out. What is different? She did a sex tape with a partner: so have thousands of other people. Colin Farrell, Tommy Lee and Pamela Lee…even her former boss Paris Hilton. All of them except for Paris Hilton escaped the slut shaming due to public apathy. People have largely forgotten Hilton, from what I can tell, just due to time. In Kardashian’s case, time has not moved on too much and when I read people’s distaste, I just see the same thing: “she’s a slut/whore/bad-person.”
And there is the other thing.
She’s not just a sex-haver. She’s a miscegenationist. She has had sex with black men. Multiple times. That’s an idea that a lot of people in this society process as “wrong” whether consciously or subconsciously. That’s a problem for me because I’m a black man and I don’t feel like I’m dirty or contaminated or contaminating in any way.
But society wants to express that not only is sex itself dirty and shameful but that white people (or white-presenting people) are the only legitimate “people,” and that black people (and other outwardly brown people) are thus contaminants; coupled with ideas of women needing to maintain an illusion of sexual “purity,” leading us to a world in which Kim Kardashian is a frowned-upon, “fallen” woman (of ill repute) just because she had sex with her boyfriend.
The matter of the tape being released is sort of immaterial. Tonya Harding had a sex tape. Nobody cared. Pamela Anderson had multiple sex tapes. People were curious but hey, cool, have fun you crazy kids. Paris Hilton was a big deal but her “crimes” against presenting as a chaste woman were forgotten when people heard about Kim Kardashian. What is so different about Kardashian’s thing? Oh yeah.