The first family of reality TV is being publicly shamed for cashing in on the recent misfortunes of Lamar Odom.
The New York Post declared to the world on Sunday what millions of Americans have been gossiping about at the watercolor: The Kardashians are an evil, opportunistic bunch who have managed to make the NBA star’s near death experience entirely about them.
Odom, 35, was hospitalized earlier this week after apparently overdosing during an extravagant multi-day visit to a Nevada brothel. Sources have told various tabloids that Odom was upset by the way he was portrayed on last Sunday night’s episode of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS.
Writer Maureen Callahan accuses the family — and especially matriarch Kris — of “mining their lives…while shamelessly exploiting others” and cites what she considers to be a “pattern of abuse.”
The Kardashians let it be known that they “dropped everything” when they heard of Odom’s collapse, as if this were a heroic response rather than a merely decent one. In Khloe’s case, she’d been on a lingerie shoot. In little sister Kylie’s case, she’d been on a Web stream. “I love you guys,” she tweeted. The next day, Kylie donned a tight strapless two-piece and went to the mall. Paparazzi just happened to be there.
Model sister Kendall was flying in from Shanghai Fashion Week. “Please don’t go,” she tweeted. Kim publicly canceled the baby shower she’d planned for this weekend, letting the world know, by the way, that she would have had a “Troop Beverly Hills” theme.
“It’s a s- -t show,” an unnamed source said. “The Kardashians are trying to run everything. They walked into the hospital with cameras rolling. It was shocking, but hardly a surprise…They are all crying and pretending like they care.”
The Kardashians denied they had a camera crew in the hospital, but either way, wanna bet they’re secretly filming with their iPhones? This is a family that commodifies everything, from sex tapes to fertility treatments to Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. People in their orbit are mere utility players — including Odom, who has never been more valuable to them than now.
At this point it remains unclear how much — if any — of Lamar’s setback will make it into future episodes of KUWTK.
Do you think the Kardashians are being truly supportive or merely using Odom’s vulnerability for attention and ratings?
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KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS airs Sunday nights on E!