For the past few months, Lamar Odom‘s life has been slowly spiraling out of control, which is kind of what happens when you marry into a family of voracious famewhores after only a month. It turns out, America is starting to get the hint that no one leaves the Kardashian klan unscathed, and according to RadarOnline, this might be the point where everyone sits down and goes, “You know, I’m starting to think those Kardashians might not be entirely on the level …”
When the show’s contract is up in 2015, it could be the end of the Kardashians as we know it! With contract negotiations approaching, “maintaining their brand image is paramount [right now],” branding and marketing expert Liz Goodgold tells RadarOnline.
And Lamar’s off-camera antics definitely don’t fit with the family’s on-screen narrative. As such, Goodgold says, they’ve tried to go into lockdown to minimize the damage. “The family quickly closes ranks and silences negative information,” she explains. If Lamar were to break that omertà by exposing their secrets, Goodgold says, the show would likely not be renewed, because the “scope and scale of how they manipulate the media [would truly be] unveiled.”
As fans begin to become more aware of the Kardashians’ tricks, however, Pozner tells Radar, “People are starting to say, ‘I think we’re over it.’” But because reality shows are very cheap to produce, she says, “E! is probably going to hold on as long as they can despite what the viewers want,” possibly in the form of a spin-off show for Kylie and Kendall Jenner.
The article actually goes on to mention something about how no one in North America is taught media literacy, and the more I think about it, the more I kinda feel like that should be something we’re teaching our kids. It doesn’t necessarily have to be in school, but if kids are going to be absorbing this much media in their daily lives, we at least owe it to them to talk to them about what is and is not total bullsh!t and how to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. Well, that or we can continue to let kids cut themselves over Justin Bieber or get pregnant to get on TV. That’s working out well too.