The thing is, I love most reality television. Not a total shocker. I am just an honest to god American twenty-something. The weird part is, I’m also in a committed relationship of three years. Not your typical twenties MO for this generation of late lovers. Well… earlier lovers, late committers. How do I swing this alternative lifestyle? I’ve privatized my integrity and emotional growth, by indulging in televised reality drama and scandal in the comfort of my own home, such a luxury, thereby outsourcing my lessons in embarrassment, and lowering my risk of public humiliation. In layman’s terms, I watch reality TV to take a break from my own young life riddled with mistakes and emotional breakdowns, because it’s there and I can. I would also argue that this uniquely American luxury absolutely keeps my love life going strong.
Capitalist America created the perfect breeding ground reality TV shows such as Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Many people in this country value privacy. However, there are a select few, like the Kardashians, who do not. They have sold their privacy to the American public, and therefore are multimillionaires. This family makes so much money from selling their souls, because no one else really wants to. SUPPLY AND DEMAND PEOPLE. There is low supply of American privacy for sale, so there is high demand. I, the consumer, reap the benefits of the values we, myself and the Kardashians, do not share. I keep my privacy, something I personally cherish, while also learning the lessons available by way of a life exposed. I’m buying what they’re selling, and judging by the fact that reality shows are still alive and well, I’m not alone.
Now, what does this have to do with my relationship? Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick are classic reality TV royalty, and two of my favorite emotional-surrogates. They fight, they make up, they fight some more, they have babies, they keep fighting, they’re getting married, they’re not getting married, they have therapy, and all while looking trendy and probably smelling luscious. People hate the Kardashians because a) they think they are stupid b) they think the Kardashians have no talent and/or c) they don’t understand why these people are so popular/deserve so much money. Here’s why…
All families/sex friends/best friends/whatever operate under a certain level of dysfunction. Maybe you think you have escaped this unfortunate reality. You are just wrong. Book a couples’ counseling session, or better yet, a long family vacation somewhere tropical, treat yourself, and watch tensions bubble. The bottom line is, who cares if the Kardashians are dumb, untalented, undeserving humans? They sell something we buy! We buy it because the Kardashians market their dysfunction in a country of unaware and/or repressed dysfunctionalists guided by the value that privacy is of the utmost importance. The Kardashians found a way to create the media/TV equivalent of a strip club. Instead of sex, they sell privacy. They expose themselves, mistakes and all. Oh, and I know most of their show is scripted or whatever, but they take on the fabricated personas as their own, and if you’ve ever watched the show, even if it is scripted, the personas portrayed are definitely not people a repressed person who loves privacy would choose to take on.
The Kardashians teach me who I don’t want to be. Each moment of an episode of Kourtney and Scott’s relationship is filled with a lack of communication, excessive alcohol use to avoid confrontation, and stubbornness galore. Relationships of any sort are all about communication. My boyfriend and I over- communicate so that we don’t end up like Kourtney and Scott. Kourtney and Scott are also there for me during the times I slip on the communication front. When I don’t feel like having a conversation about some little thing that I feel nervous about, or whatever, I can watch the Kardashians, and get my fill of lies and passive aggressiveness. Once I’m satisfied with my level of whiney rampages and dull eye rolls, and see how horribly that kind of behavior turns out, I can get off my ass and tell my boyfriend that yes, in fact in five years, I would be okay with getting a dog that is slightly bigger than a tiny fluffy nugget. Yes, that is the kind of thing I get nervous about. I already told you, Over-communication. Kourtney and Scott save me from a bunch of my mistakes by letting me tune into their mistake ridden lives, and letting me know that even after all of the mistakes… Life continues.
I definitely still explode often. I’m a young emotional twenty-something after all. The thing is, I often just need someone else to take a turn on the emotional rollercoaster for a bit. I make SO MANY mistakes daily, which I love, because I learn SO MUCH. It can just get super exhausting. Watching Kourtney and Scott gives me that break in my mistake making, and lets me watch different people fuck up continuously. Also, when I do fuck up, I know that there is a whole family of people out there who have also made SO MANY MISTAKES. Thank heavens I live in a country where this kind of shit can keep me company. And for when I actually want to be entertained, thanks to Tina Fey. What a gem that lass… oh and JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE! Wooooweeeee!
Thanks JustJared for the sweet photo!
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