Keeping up with the Kar Krash of a sham marriage
In a move shocking to precisely no one, Kim Kardashian, reality TV queen, perennial gossip magazine cover girl and not much else, announced yesterday that she and her husband of 72 days had filed for divorce.
From start to rapid finish Kardashian’s marriage was an exercise in attention and money-seeking.
E! paid the couple $15 million for the television rights to their wedding special show, while People magazine coughed up close to $3 million for wedding and engagement related rights. The guests were treated to a $20,000 wedding cake.
Of course, Kim looked resplendent in her millions of dollars worth of diamonds and “fairytale” wedding dresses. Dresses. Plural. The couple was courted by thousands of journalists from all over the globe.
All this for a marriage that was outlasted by the couple’s own engagement, which came in at a relatively lengthy 87 days. And all of which served to make Kardashian and her largely inconsequential husband very rich and very famous.
In an era of seemingly endless economic hardship, this would be shameful enough on its own.
But the fact Kardashian and Humphries quite obviously used their own wedding as a money making enterprise with the full collusion of the media, then ended it so rapidly, is a travesty given the amount of genuine couples who would dearly love to get and stay married but are denied the opportunity.
Full disclosure: I’m no fan of marriage, be it traditional, gay, or downright miserable as so many of them are.
I would seriously consider voting for a party who ran on no platform other than doing away with the tired old institution once and for all (...okay, I wouldn’t really).
But, as is so often the case with these matters, it doesn’t really matter what I think, it matters what those who are directly involved and affected think. Just as women who fervently desire to fight on the front lines of battle deserve to get their wish, so too do those who wish to tie the knot.
To deny them is discrimination, pure and simple.
Many of those who oppose gay marriage do so on the basis that it demeans the sacredness of “traditional” marriage.
I wonder what these self-appointed ‘defenders of marriage’ would have to say about this whole charade.
Do gay couples really do more harm to the institution than those who use it to generate wealth and fame? Or do marriage “defenders” care less about marriage itself than they are letting on?
Colour me cynical, but could it be that sham marriages such as this don’t make a bleep on the radar of these brave warriors as their intentions are less about ‘saving’ marriage and more about protecting traditional gender roles?
Of course, the cynical actions of the Kardashians don’t end with their marriage. Kim now stands to make many more millions and grace the covers of many more magazines as she tearfully grieves the marriage she said she hoped “would last forever”.
Seventy-two days. Forever. What’s the difference?
Kardashian’s over the top wedding played into the myth that a woman’s wedding day is the happiest day of her life, further cementing our culture’s baseless conviction that a woman’s greatest role is as a wife, and shortly thereafter, mother. What comes after the big day is almost trivial. An afterthought.
Of course, what comes next for Kardashian is a lot different to what comes next for most women, who, safe to say, won’t be offered millions of dollars for the rights to their divorce.
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