On Halloween, Kim Kardashian filed for divorce. But you already knew that.
Although I hate to admit it, I like Kim Kardashian. I love her family's reality show. I love that Kim is a businesswoman. She's a hustler. While a few years ago we could have easily categorized her in the box of celebrities who are "famous for being famous" (a label made infamous by Paris Hilton), today, she no longer fits the bill. Kim Kardashian is running a well-oiled machine that she has made for herself -- and we all buy into it.
Needless to say, as a fan of the Kardashian tribe, I anticipated the marriage of Kim and Kris Humphries more than the Royal wedding. While I did not actually see the four-hour, two-part E! "Kim's Fairytale Wedding" special (I do not have cable, but if I did, I assure you I would have watched), I did shamelessly purchase People with all the details. The wedding was glamorous and grossly expensive.
And while most of the world (or at least Twitterverse) exploded with disgust upon receiving this "breaking news," I found myself asking the same question that everyone else was. What happened? What went wrong?
We don't know. But what we do know is that people are angry. Why? It could be because we know that her wedding accumulated enough to educate 257,152 girls or provide 240,000 children with food for seven weeks in Cambodia. It could be because we know that it took all of five minutes to undo a holy union of 72 days, but same-sex couples who have been in relationships for years are denied a shot at walking down the aisle. There are many injustices that are illuminated by Kim Kardashian's wedding that no one can deny.
But that's a whole other blog post for another day.
For today, all I am saying is, lay off Kim Kardashian. Just a little.
But even if the joke is on us, at the end of the day, money can't buy love. Money can't save a marriage either. She's still a person -- and one who has been publicly humiliated. Sure, you can argue that she brought it upon herself as someone who invited the world into her personal life with a reality show and then turned her wedding day into a cash cow, but nobody wants that kind embarrassment. And that's how I would feel: embarrassed.
But here's the thing: should Kim be embarrassed for spending that kind of money on a wedding? Yes. Should she be embarrassed for taking a risk (because marriage is a risk, after all), maybe realizing she made a mistake and being brave enough to change it? Absolutely not. With that said, let's not throw rocks at her while she's already down.
As Cady Heron, our favorite Mean Girl, once said, "Calling somebody else fat won't make you any skinnier. Calling somebody else stupid doesn't make you any smarter."
Hating on Kim Kardashian isn't going to give you a fragrance line, a Momager or an Olympian stepfather. And, well, you probably know where I'm going with this.
We can hate on Kim for getting paid millions just for breathing or for her glossy, perfect hair, but we can't hate on her for wanting the same things as us. You know, that can't-eat, can't-sleep, reach-for-the-stars, over-the-fence, World Series forever kind of love (yeah, I just quoted a Mary-Kate and Ashley movie. Just go with it.) We all want that -- celebrity or not. Kim and Kris were never going to be the next Goldie and Kurt, but they deserved a shot at marriage. Everybody does.
The truth is, we won't really know what went "wrong" unless Kim tells us while sitting on Barbara Walters' couch. We can place bets on how much Kim's exclusive divorce interview is going to sell for, but there's a little part of me that hopes she won't sell out. Maybe she'll surprise us all. I hope so.
Kim, I'm ready for your fairytale wedding round two (or technically, three -- but who's counting?) when you are. Just do me a favor and wait a little longer the next time around -- hopefully, I'll be able to afford cable by then.