While Jon Hamm slammed Kim Kardashian (or at least what she represents) for “idiocy,” Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence took a difference perspective. What can they both agree on? The Kardashian reality shows are terrible for our society.
“I was watching the Kardashian girl getting divorced, and that’s a tragedy for anyone. But they’re using it for entertainment, and we’re watching it. The books hold up a terrible kind of mirror: This is what our society could be like if we became desensitized to trauma and to each other’s pain.”
It may be kind of extreme to compare the Kardashian reality-tv media circus to a reality game show where people watch young teens kill each other, but the juxtaposition isn’t completely without truth.
The major difference (besides people dying, of course) is that The Kardashians have willingly created this giant empire based around sharing their lives (or the version of their lives they want us to see) with us via docu-soaps, tabloid stories, social media, and heavily branded merchandise. They are definitely torn apart by the media, A-List actors like Jon Hamm, Daniel Craig, Reese Witherspoon, and Jonah Hills slam them, and scores of internet commenters spew a constant stream of venom and hate. Buuuut, the Kardashians signed up for this, and despite lots of criticism, they’ve continued on because it’s incredibly profitable for tons of people to like them AND tons of people to hate them.
But Jennifer’s comment isn’t really speaking about the Kardashians’ choice to participate in this, it’s more about the public’s addictive schadenfreude pleasures we get when the Kardashians slip-up and make mistakes, or simply just provide program and products that are not exactly . . . high quality.
What do you think? Does Jennifer Lawrence have a point about the Kardashians being kind of like The Hunger Games?