A number of people are beyond devastated that Oprah Winfrey is offering a platform on her OWN Network to the seemingly sleazy Kardashians. As rolling out writer Terry Shropshire so aptly put it, “Oprah’s network was supposed to be about social uplift[ment], but the only thing that the Kardashians have lifted are their legs. And it’s made them rich beyond their wildest imaginations.” Ouch.
Amid such scathing criticism like the aforementioned, Oprah has released a statement via Facebook explaining her decision to sit down with all 11 1/2 Kardashians; Kourtney is pregnant with her second child. “OK, my friends, I had the longest interviewing session I can ever recall, talking to ALLLLLLLL the Kardashians,” wrote Oprah. “I had never met them, nor seen the show. I did a full on Kardashian Kram in preparation, watching major shows from every season. I genuinely wanted to know why they have become a cultural phenomenon? Why do so many people love to watch their every move and why do so many others love to hate them?” “GOT IT” … those answers +more,” she added.” Those of you who watch the show know they hold nothing back. This interview I’d say was another level of forthrightness and honesty. Who surprised me the most? Scott. Lamar and Khloe. Kim.”
Winfrey also added that Kim, arguably the Kardashian who started it all with her lackluster sextape, gave a response to a question about her 72-day marriage that “leveled” the talk-show queen.
In addition to the Kardashian gabfest, which will air June 17 on “Oprah’s Next Chapter,” OWN will also air part two of her interview with 50 Cent, this time on the preconceived notions and judgement that surround him. Also on hand for her so-called “Super Soul Sunday” will be an 11 a.m. chat with Devon Fanklin, the pastor and fiancé of actress Meagan Good.
Are you incensed that our beloved Oprah is following her positive talk with a pastor with those “classless” Kardashians?
To be quite frank, this writer doesn’t nave a problem with it. Not even in the slightest. Whether you agree with it or not, the Kardashians are pop culture’s most prominent family unit, easily surpassing other ever-so lovable, ever-so cute, yet ever-so untouchable Hollywood families in popularity. People tend not to like the Kardsahians because they’re brash about their behavior and yes, sexuality. I like them because they’re real, in-your-face, and unapologetic when putting all their flaws on camera. When taken at face value the Kardashians represent entertainment; the one field they’ve somehow manhandled their way into successfully. I’ll be searching for my remote Sunday to watch OWN because I, for one, expect that I’ll be entertained. Will you? –danielle canada