Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Wait, so why do Kim Kardashian's nude photos constitute news?

Let me be clear from the start; I am a pop culture junkie. I talk about movies at dinner, text with my sister to address Julianne Lewis's frowny face in Secrets and Lies, (the struggle to smile is real, people), and love to watch Jimmy Kimmel's "Celebrities Read Mean Tweets" series.  As a professor of mostly 18-19 year old millennials, I like to keep up on what's going on.  I mean, they asked me about the blue and gold (yes, I said blue and gold) dress a couple of weeks ago when I walked into class. How would it have looked if I had no idea what they were talking about? (Also, I'm only 36. It's not like I'm listening to Frank Sinatra, complaining about the price of milk.)

But I just don't see how Kanye West posting nude pictures of his wife is news, even pop culture news. We get it, she's hot. I think the world has known that for some time, even before Kanye and his over-willingness to tell/show us all stuff we didn't need to know about his love life. And I'm not one of those people that will say, "Oh, there are real struggles going on in the world. Who cares about celebrities?" I believe that celebrities and popular news allow us an escape, create broader conversations and listen, after a day of being a professor, a mom, a wife, an intellectual, someone who can carry on an intelligent conversation, I could stand to read some slush.  But this? This is just stupid.  I don't know of another way to say it.

And "Swish?"  What the hell does that mean?  I'm reminded of Mean Girls. I just don't think "swish," like "fetch," is really going to happen.  Also, Beck is awesome.  See the connection I made there? Heh?

So, while I won't say that we should be paying attention to the larger issues in the world instead of celebrity news (we should, but hey, we all need a break), I will say that there is better celebrity news out there than this pompous, albeit amazing, rapper, showing us all his wife's boobies. Get over it, dude.  We've all seen it before.  And we don't all want to look like that.  And really, as a woman, I'm kind of pissed off at you ogling someone you see every day, and asking the rest of the world to ogle her too.