Like annoying house guests who can't seem to find the front door, many people wish the Kardashians would pack their designer luggage and move to a deserted island with no TV cameras. Instead, the family that Americans love to hate is headed back to our living rooms Sunday night for yet another season of its flagship show, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians."
No matter how much bad press the Kardashians get, they pop right back up like persistent pests in a Whack-a-Mole game.
Kim Kardashian, perhaps the most kontroversial member of the family, was the butt of a million jokes last year after she planned a majestic wedding to rival Kate Middleton's -- only to ditch her husband, Kris Humphries, after a mere 72 days. Her alleged fauxmance was skewered by "Saturday Night Live" in a skit called "Kim's Fairytale Divorce," a spoof that not only made Kim look manipulative, but also made her mom, Kris Jenner, seem like a camera mugging phony.
"Can you believe I'm old enough to have a daughter who's getting divorced," said SNL's Kristen Wiig, impersonating the plastic momager.
Last year one group of Kardashian critics launched a petition drive to get the family off television, and another complained on its official Facebook page, "We are tired of this fake family being the role models to millions. Dumbing down America has to stop!"
But so far their efforts have failed. The California-based clan recently snagged a three-year contract with E! for a reported $40 million. Like its sexy cash cows, the cable company seems to believe that publicity -- bad or good -- results in fat profits.
It could ultimately take an act of Congress to get the Kardashians evicted from American pop culture. But even that's not likely to happen.
Kim and mama Kris were invited by Fox News to be guests at the White House Correspondents Dinner in April and quickly grabbed the spotlight. "When you took office, the Kardashians had one reality show," host Jimmy Kimmel accused President Barack Obama. "Now they have four. This is not a good trend." Even the POTUS took a crack at the Kimster in his stand-up routine.
But unlike Vogue's "devilish" editor Anna Wintour, who reportedly banned Kim from her prestigious Met Gala, the politicians at the press dinner were not above rubbing elbows with the big-rumped reality TV star and her tiger mom.
The only bright light for the family's fault finders is their alleged plan to shoot a TV show in London. According to the Daily Mirror, "The family really feels that they've conquered reality TV in America with a number of different shows and spin offs, so the UK is the next country they want to break."
Unless the rumor proves false, it could be the best way for Americans to get back at the Brits for sending us Simon Cowell.
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