King Kylie

Kylie Jenner: the famous 19 year-old which has managed to establish worldwide familiarity due to her looks, makeup line, and (most influentially) her family. Little sister to superstar Kim Kardashian, Kylie grew up almost constantly in the public eye. The famous reality television show, Keeping up with the Kardashians, debuted in 2007, when Kylie was only 10 years old. Since then, she has been a consistent topic of celebrity gossip and public recognition, not to mention controversy. It should come as no surprise that the Kardashian/ Jenner clan is often caught-up in scandals centered around their physical appearance, especially considering that many people believe their appearances to be the factor that made them famous to begin with. Most recently, the Jenner princess has caused some debate with one of her instagram pictures. Tom Sykes for wrote an article entitled “Inside Kylie Jenner’s Latest Photoshop Controversy”, where he can be quoted saying “Now however, and not for the first time, comes the utterly shocking suggestion that the fabulous lives of various K-folk as portrayed on social media may not, after all, be peak vérité”. This sentence, which is quite obviously filled with a substantial amount of sarcasm, points fun at the idea that the famous family is involved in another image scandal. The way in which the author delivers this message, however, paints a very specific picture (no pun intended). Tom’s article, which explains that many believe Kylie’s instagram picture (above) is photoshopped, gives both sides of the argument while also pulling in reference to sister Kim’s recent comments around body-shaming. Given the sarcasm in his earlier sentence, it could be perceived that Tom isn’t the biggest fan of the famous reality family, but he does a decent job of showing both sides of the argument, as well as painting Kim in a positive light. Overall, I feel that the bolded sentence above says a lot about the situation and the Kardashians/ Jenners in general. For a family that has such a negative connotation associated to them, they still manage to be the topic of conversation quite a bit. The fact that Tom took his time to write this article at all says a lot. He is also using a somewhat complex sentence structure, and uses words not everyone in middle America may be familiar with (vérité). To me, this suggests that the readers themselves are expected to be of decent intelligence, while also simultaneously being interested in the life of a reality television star. Moreover, I was lead to this article because it was featured on the front page of Google News. So even though there is this underlying distaste for the Kardashian and Jenner franchise, our overall fascination with them seems to ring through much more. It seems as though what people really love is to hate them.

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