Still keeping up the with Kardashians?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I'll admit it up front: I'm not a big "reality TV" fan.

"Survivor" lost my attention halfway through the first season; "Big Brother" is a remake of "Real World," as is "Jersey Shore;" and why should I care about "Real Housewives," regardless of what city they represent?

With all that said, I put my name on a petition regarding fantasy, err reality, TV today.

"Dear E! Online, we are respectfully requesting that your network find other shows to air. 'Keeping up with the Kardashians' is just not a viewing that we the public would like to see from your network. Enough is enough," the petition reads.

Within the first two weeks, more than 70,000 people have agreed with the drafters of the petition available at

In fact, the petition has apparently been so popular, it prompted this message from the site: "We apologize for any server outages, but this petition is just off the scale in popularity."

Hmm, maybe the Kardashian family should have seen this coming.

After all, in the 2011 Great Male Survey, 17 percent of American men said Kim Kardashian was their least favorite female, when given Sarah Palin, Lindsay Lohan, Kate Middleton and Pippa Middleton as other choices.

That's quite the list, and yet Kardashian beat out Lohan for second place behind Palin.

Perhaps people are finally getting sick of "celebrities" that did little or nothing of significance to get to where they are. "Octomom," Mike "The Situation," Kate Gosling, Jake Pavelka, the Duggars, etc. provide a few examples.

Even worse examples are people who have gotten famous for all the wrong reasons, such as Casey Anthony.

Is anyone else sick of this?

When mentioning the petition, one coworker suggested I may be sexist.

I believe my name on the petition suggests the opposite.

Celebrities who work their way to fame and fortune deserve respect. People who air their dirty laundry on TV or are merely related to a infamous lawyer don't.

So, yes, it's kind of interesting that the Kardashians are the only target of this petition.

Even though it is a disgrace that the Kardashians qualify as celebrities in our society, the same could be said for most people featured on E! (and MTV, VH1, etc.)

Perhaps Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage was the last straw. (At least when Khloe married Lamar Odom, his team won a championship.)

It's definitely adding insult to injury for NBA fans wishing this lockout would end.


A Kris Humphries fan

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