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Did we ever actually keep up with the Kardashians?

By September 26, 2020 No Comments

As Kim Kardashian West confirms that Keeping up with the Kardashians (KUTWK) will come to an end in 2021, the very concept of reality television stars comes to the fore. Kate Demolder asks was their foray into the public sphere a calculated entry into the hedonistic descent of the 2000s – or did we, as a culture, manipulate their very essence into something at which we could point and laugh? Furthermore, have they actually done anything wrong?

KUWTK was formed thirteen years ago, in 2007, as an opportunity to introduce TV’s first family to the public and maximise their 15 minutes of fame – the world was still reeling after Kim’s sex tape leak and her father’s subsequent links to the OJ Simpson case – but it quickly became the foundation on which all their future successes were built. 

As Kim Kardashian West confirms that Keeping up with the Kardashians (KUTWK) will come to an end in 2021, the very concept of reality television stars comes to the fore. Kate Demolder asks was their foray into the public sphere a calculated entry into the hedonistic descent of the 2000s – or did we, as a culture, manipulate their very essence into something at which we could point and laugh? Furthermore, have they actually done anything wrong?

KUWTK was formed thirteen years ago, in 2007, as an opportunity to introduce TV’s first family to the public and maximise . . .

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