FINALLY… Kim Kardashian said the quiet part out loud and admitted that her family is a bunch of talentless hacks who conned America into thinking they were cool.
Well, she didn’t say it quite like that…
Whether you love or hate them, there is no denying that the Kardashians are a powerhouse in the public eye. From their extensive business portfolio to their massive reality TV following, the Kardashian/Jenner clan has created an empire. With Kim being named GQ’s Man of the Year, (yes, MAN of the year) their fame has surpassed even the most influential businessmen.
During the season finale of The Kardashians, the family gathers around a table to celebrate Scott Disik’s 40th birthday, noting how long he has been a part of the family.
“You were literally here in episode one, season 1.”
Kris noted to Scott that he had been a part of the franchise since day one. In this discussion, they noted that their fame was a fluke, and they never intended to become as famous as they had become. Scott began joking with Kim about the obscure magazine covers and photoshoots they did early on in their career, to which Kim responded:
“Guys, we scammed the system. We did it! Whatever it is, we figured it out and did it! We put in some hard work.”
In a later confession, Kim noted even further how she and Disik often relish how far they have come.
“Scott’s my motivator. He’ll always say, ‘God, can you believe you did it?’ And I’m like, ‘I can’t, this is crazy.’ … We aren’t supposed to be here, like how did we get in this cool party? We weren’t the cool kids, how did we do it?”
The timing of this finale and these comments could not be better timed with the release of the Peacock docuseries The House of Kardashian. With Caitlyn Jenner making interview appearances, they talked about the rise of the empire that is the Kardashian/Jenner family.
With the family being mildly in the public eye from Robert Kardashian’s defense of OJ Simpson, and Kim dating rapper Ray J, they talk about how Kris and Kim wanted fame and were determined to make a name for themselves. With reality TV being a “new” avenue of fame, the family pitched a show following their family to E!. Ironically, the famed sex tape from Kim was “leaked” around the same time.
Now, there was discussion on the docuseries of whether Kim and Kris orchestrated the release of the tape as a launchpad for their family’s show. With season 1 airing after the scandal, it did give the Kardashian name quite some press leading up to the show’s premiere.
The docuseries also noted how Kim has always wanted to be famous since she was a little girl, and her wishes came true through the franchise.
In a 2019 interview with Vogue Arabia, she commented on her obsession with wanting fame.
“Money was always the goal, but I was obsessed with fame, like, embarrassingly obsessed. I do agree that fame can be addictive. But now, my focus has shifted.
Even in my darkest of times, I don’t regret putting myself out there for the world to see. People have shared with me over the years how much it has helped them to feel less alone when dealing with their own adversity.”
With cameras being around the family for most of their life and their level of fame not slowing down (although I’m not sure how much longer this can trend upward before plateauing), I don’t think the Kardashians are going anywhere.
With their individual families growing, they are preparing the next generation to take over.
How refreshing is it to actually hear them say it out loud? It’s nothing we all didn’t already know, but sometimes you just want to hear them say it too. Of course, it reminds me of the iconic Barbara Walters interview where she roasted them to their face on TV.
Trying to understand why they’re even famous (aside from Kim’s sex tape), Barbara straight up called them “talentless,” adding that that they’re really only “famous for being famous.”
“You are all often described as ‘famous for being famous.’ You don’t really act, you don’t sing, you don’t dance… you don’t have any, forgive me, ANY TALENT!