We’ve had a lot of fun with the Kardashian clan in this space over the past few years. They have somehow managed to combine a complete lack of discernible talents with utter shamelessness to create a perfect storm of reality watchability. You might not watch their shows – I certainly don’t – but E! wouldn’t be coughing up tens of millions of dollars to keep them on the air if no one was tuning in.
However, sometimes the ridiculousness gets to be too much. Lines that shouldn’t be crossed are rare in the world of reality television. However, Kardashian matriarch Kris Jenner has found a way to do just that. She told one of her daughters (Khloe) that her father might not be her father and that she should get a DNA test to find out if she’s a “real” Kardashian.
Yep. That happened.
On the season finale of “Khloe and Lamar,” which aired just a few days ago, Kris Jenner comes right out and tells Khloe she should get a genetic test to determine if Robert Kardashian is her real father. “There has to be a part of you that wants resolution in your heart,” Kris said. When Khloe was uninterested, Kris kept pushing – almost bullying, really.
Khloe’s response? “I don’t care either way because my dad is my dad and my stepdad is my stepdad.” It’s a shockingly healthy take on the situation from Khloe – although subsequent reports say that she might go through with the test anyway.
I hope she doesn’t.
Kris Jenner is a terrible person and a worse mom. Her personal obsession with fame has swept up every one of her kids to one degree or another; this is just the most recent (and egregious) example. Leaving aside how awful it must be for a mother to tell her daughter that a father might not be a father, let us not forget that the only reason any of these doubts exist – the only reason why Khloe might want “resolution in her heart” – is the fact that Kris wrote a trashy tell-all memoir in which she copped to all kinds of fooling around on husband Robert Kardashian. Her attention to creepy detail ensured that the world would know she was particularly unfaithful in the period leading up to Khloe’s conception and birth.
Do these in any way resemble the actions of a woman who loves her children? Or has anything even resembling normal human emotions? She’s like some sort of fame-powered android, willing to sacrifice anything and everything – including the well-being of her children. It would be bad enough if she was just some psychopath irrationally laying waste to the emotional well-being of her kids. It would still be terrible, but she could maybe seek some sort of help.
Alas, Kris Jenner is fully aware of what she’s doing to ALL of her kids. She is pure cold calculation – you can almost see the dollar signs in her eyes when she looks at the members of her family. While most parents would look at milestone life events – watching her kids get married, holding her grandchildren – with a parent’s loving, prideful eye. Kris Jenner simply sees a row of numbers adding up to yet another truckload of money to stash in the Kris Jenner Money Bin. It’s all horrifically mercenary.
It wasn’t our original intent to use this entire space on Kris Jenner. However, in the course of writing this piece, the complete distaste for this woman and what she represents became overwhelming. Of course, the Kardashian kids do bear some degree of responsibility for the circus that their lives have become. It’s reality television and they signed the contracts. But there’s still a line (blurry and jagged though it might be) and Kris Jenner crossed it gleefully and without remorse. At the end of the day, she basically tried to take Khloe’s father away from her – all for a bump in the Nielsen rating and a few more books sold. Regardless of the outcome of any test, this familial fracture will take a very long time to heal.
And just think – she’s got two more young ones left to exploit. God only knows what she’ll do to them.