In Defence of Kim Kardashian
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This week, singer-songwriter Sinead O'Connor ranted on Facebook, referring to Kim Kardashian-West as a 'cunt' and blaming Rolling Stone for the death of the music industry in response to placing Kimmy K on the cover of the prestigious magazine. The post read: What is this cunt ("I don't smile much because it causes wrinkles") doing on the cover of Rolling Stone? Music has officially died. Who knew it would be Rolling Stone that murdered it? Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh can no longer be expected to take all the blame. Bob Dylan must be fucking horrified. #BoycottRollingStone #AGenerationIsBeingGroomedAndSilenced Kim Kardashian-West has nothing to do with the so-called ‘death of music’ nor is she ‘a cunt’. Unless you consider a hard-working, extremely successful businesswoman who speaks out against genocide, works with dozens of charities, opens up about race relations and LGBTQ+ rights to be the C-word. Neither Kim K nor Rolling Stone are strangers to a controversial cover; in fact both of them trade off it. O’Connor’s expletive filled rant is playing into the hands of the Kardashian Klan and Rolling Stone, both who trade on controversy to get people talking. Remember that ‘World’s most talked about couple’ Vogue cover, which had hundreds of people complaining? Well, Kim and Kanye were the first interracial couple ever featured on the cover, and it sold over 500,000 copies. And let’s not forget the ‘Break The Internet’ naked Paper magazine cover, which increased the website’s traffic by 25,500% in a day. Kardashian is a PR genius. The idea that Kim Kardashian-West shouldn’t be on the cover of Rolling Stone because she’s ‘not a singer’ is bizarre. Dozens of non-musicians and actors are regularly featured on the cover of the magazine. Did O’Connor complain the nine times when Obama was on the cover? What about The Pope? George Bush? Jerry Springer? Pamela Anderson? What about the cast of the Hills, Snooki from Jersey Shore, or the Osborne’s? They’re all famous for the same reason as the Kardashians, reality TV. Oh, and you know, the Boston Bomber was featured on the cover too. Is Sinead O’Connor’s logic really that Kim’s worse than a terrorist? You see, that’s the thing, Rolling Stone has never been exclusively a music magazine, it’s primarily about culture, politics, TV, film and sports, all bar the latter Kim K has dipped her toes into. When you’re talking about 21st century culture, ‘hashtag fame’ and social media stars, Kim Kardashian-West epitomises it. Women in modern society are taught from a young age that their worth lies in their appearance. Kim K and her family are masterminds in the ‘selfie era’. Instead of being victims of a materialistic, misogynistic society that exploits women for their appearance and sexuality, Kim, and the rest of the Kardashian’s milk every inch of their media frenzy.
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