Kardashian-like fascination doesn’t bode well for an informed public
As a long-time member of the media, I have always cringed at the existence of the socalled supermarket tabloids – the ones that profess to have found the “real” assassin of President Kennedy or which have unearthed evidence to suggest the Loch Ness Monster is alive and well.
These publications have been around for several decades and – in an era when real newspapers have been struggling – seem to be flourishing, driven largely by “fake news.” In spite of my contempt for these tabloids, I can’t help but pour over the front-page headlines whenever I’m standing in line to pay for my purchases at a store. I really don’t want to waste my time reading these often outrageous headlines, but my eyes somehow manage to drift over in that direction nonetheless.
The most dominant image making its way onto the front pages of these publications over the past several weeks, it seems, has been that of Meghan Markle, the new wife of Prince Harry. The accompanying story suggests a feud has been escalating between her and Harry’s brother’s wife Kate Middleton.
This is the sort of editorial content that apparently sells these supermarket tabloids. The general public just can’t seem to get enough of the young royals. But, honestly, who cares? The young royals have become Britain’s answer to the Kardashians.
Does anyone care about the Kardashians? Let me rephrase that. Does anyone above the age of 16 care about the Kardashians and will readily admit it? If so, be careful to whom you admit it because it could damage your credibility.
The Kardashians, of course, are the biggest bunch of phony baloneys the world has ever seen. They’re always in the news, usually for the wrong reasons, and make headlines for some of the stupidest or trivial things. Naïve young girls idolize the Kardashian sisters, and the entertainment media jumps each time one of them steps out the door. How they are able to command such attention is beyond me.
I have to wonder if the Kardashians are becoming envious of the amount of attention that has been redirected of late toward the young royals. Is there really a feud brewing between Meghan and Kate? It depends on the sources in which you wish to believe. Some say a conflict definitely exists and those sources continue to fan the flames. Others say there is no truth whatsoever to the headlines, claiming the two women are getting along famously.
Personally, I could care less either way. There are far bigger things happening in the world today that should be given precedence on the front pages of newspapers or the opening minutes of a television newscast. Neither the Kardashians nor the young royals are newsworthy. Perhaps princes William or Harry might be involved now and then in something notable, but their wives have largely served as little more than eye candy, yet that’s seemingly enough to overshadow their husbands when it comes to media attention.
I suppose if anyone really needs to know how this purported feud pans out, they’ll have to turn to the National Enquirer or Entertainment Tonight. The real media won’t be touching this with a 10-foot pole.
Still, reading these “news” headlines while waiting for the customer ahead of me to be checked out at the store can be a fun way to pass the time as long as the messages are taken with a grain of salt. I’m awaiting the headline that suggests Prince Charles is thinking about becoming a woman and is consulting with Caitlyn (nee Bruce) Jenner.