The Kardashians are ‘Entertaining’ But Many People Admit They Don’t Really Like Them

Perhaps it seems surreal to think the Kardashians are a small fraction of normalcy America once took for granted. In a crazy time when the news cycle is exhausting everyone, watching Keeping Up With the Kardashians might seem like a trifle. Now people are starting to say seeing them in the news is the best distraction from all other madness.

On the other hand, many fans also admit they only watch the Kardashians for entertainment value rather than really liking them. This broaches an interesting thought on the divide between entertainment and really liking the subjects involved.

Are the Kardashians just a Hollywood warning tale no one can stay away from, or true normalcy as everyone once knew it?

What is the public saying about the Kardashians lately?

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L to R: Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Kim Kardashian West | Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Business of Fashion

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Over on Reddit, a thread devoted to the Kardashians has been going steady for a couple of years. Anyone who follows this thread knows some interesting discussions often occur about the messy Kardashian lives. Once quarantine from COVID-19 began, though, the tone began to shift on this thread.

More and more fans are coming on and saying they no longer really like the Kardashians as people and just find them an entertainment relief nowadays. Recently, the thread starter started a poll on Reddit asking how fans really feel nowadays.

According to the results, 195 respondents said “Indifferent.” Coming in second place at 105 was “Still Consider Myself a Fan”, followed by “Not a Fan at All” at 108 votes. Last was “Went From a Fan to a Hater” at 95, even if that might sound redundant with “Not a Fan at All.”

Most telling is what many users said at the bottom of the thread. Said one fan: “I picked “indifferent”. They provide entertainment/escapism for me, sometimes I like them sometimes I don’t. How much money they have when others like me have to work so much harder our whole life for so much less can reallllly bum me out.”

The Kardashians and inequality in America

Seeing the above comment and similar ones to it gives a hint that times have suddenly changed. In the age of COVID-19, and more people suffering financially as a result, watching the plethora of riches paraded on Keeping Up With the Kardashians is seemingly becoming grating for viewers.

Said another Reddit user: “I used to defend them, but now I feel like I want to lead the revolt against them. I’m so disappointed by how incredibly tone deaf and unlikeable they keep becoming.”

If this holds true on a larger scale, the Kardashians might be in trouble in the way of the public supporting them. Then again, based on how people find some kind of solace in their brand, they may end up being the entertainment quotient everyone hates to love.

Perhaps this sounds a bit contradictory. Yet, there really does seem to be an element to the Kardashians bringing a sense of American normalcy everyone thinks will never happen again.

Should the Kardashians take a break in the public eye?

Recent ratings show a lot of people are ditching Keeping Up With the Kardashians, particularly based on Reddit comments above about episodes ignoring the COVID-19 reality. Perhaps one can still argue this season’s episodes were shot before COVID-19 hit, making it an unfair comparison.

Regardless, with more attention lately on the haves and the have-nots, anyone flaunting their wealth may end up being sent to the proverbial corner of shame. With even Kim Kardashian focusing on more serious things lately (including studying California law), removing Keeping Up With the Kardashians might be the best thing for the family’s entire brand.