The Rob and Blac Chyna Trainwreck

The Rob and Chyna show is like the gift that keeps on giving. No, not their actual show on E! where they highlighted all of the reasons that you should take a little time to get to know a person before having a kid with them or even get to know them before you know to run in the opposite direction.

 

No, the Rob and Chyna show that plays out on social media and in the tabloids is sort of like a bad case of mrsa. Just when you think you have stopped the infection, you discover it has spread and will cost a limb. Only in this case it looks like it’s going to cost Rob a pretty penny. Good for him.

 

With the exception of Rob, I love the Kardashians. I love any family that can build themselves into a billion dollar enterprise by doing nothing. In fairness, I think they all work very hard doing nothing.

 

Then along comes Rob and his socks designs. Are those socks really even a thing? He must feel a lot of pressure being surrounded by sisters who turn everything they touch into gold. Even Kylie managed to turn controversy over lip fillers into a booming business.

 

Poor Rob. We never really knew his issue when he bolted from Kim’s wedding. We never knew why he went into hiding. What we did know was that he went off on a tirade about an ex and publicly accused her of having sex with multiple men. Oh, no, not Blac Chyna. Way before her.

 

So he comes out of his self-imposed exile after running into his sister’s boyfriend’s ex (supposedly in secret while living at Khloe’s house! Did I tell you that this is great stuff?!) and after a whirlwind romance which included driving 107 mph to go bail his new love out of jail in Texas, he gets her pregnant, proposes marriage to her, and more importantly, he gifts her with her very own Kardashian brand reality show where we got to see fun things like them fight, and them fight, and them fight some more. We also got to see her tie him up or handcuff him or something while she cracked a whip. Oh boy talk about foreshadowing.

 

Nobody seemed surprised when they broke up. Or when they broke up again. Or again and again. Really, who can keep up? The only real worry was whether or not his sisters were going to be able to block her from calling herself Kardashian complete with a trademark.

Whew, that was nerve wracking thinking of all of the damage she could do to their brand if she was allowed to go by Kardashian. I mean let her have a kid with him, but leave the name out of it!

 

Speaking of damage, I wonder how the family feels about Rob’s latest slut shaming tirade. Will he have to give his name back? I don’t feel very sorry for Blac Chyna. No, not because I think anyone deserves to be slut shamed, but because she gave as good as she got.

 

When you rush into impregnation with a man who has previously slut shamed an ex, you should have a reasonable expectation that the same will happen to you. Still, people make poor relationship choices. You live. You learn.

 

Blac Chyna is now doing her media tour expressing how hurt she is after this latest betrayal. She was so hurt that she was posting her own naked selfies wearing jewelry with a new man in Rob’s bed. Yeah, Rob let us know it was his bed and, damn, even his robe. Oh, the horror.

 

Rob’s lawyer, infamous for getting OJ off for double murder, is expected to appear in court promising that Rob will voluntarily stop slut shaming, after he was kicked off of one social media site and his posts removed from another. Maybe he’s sincere?

 

I guess the moral of this story is if you’re going to have bad taste in romantic partners have the smarts to make sure a payday will be involved because really, isn’t that what’s important?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bad Guys or Addicts

People don’t understand addiction. I don’t claim to understand it either, but I have enough of an understanding to not blame the friends of an addict for the addict’s bad choices. And I’m not even sure that they are choices.

Tonight I was watching one of my guilty pleasures, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. You don’t have to live under a rock to know that Khloe, possibly my favorite K, is struggling to help her almost ex-husband recover from a well-publicized and near-fatal overdose.

Until Lamar’s very public overdose in a Las Vegas brothel, his struggle with addiction was merely rumored in the tabloids. While it was very much part of the Kardashian reality, it was not part of their show. It was not something they posted on Snapchat, Insta, Twitter, or depicted in any of their Kimojis.

The breakdown of Khloe and Lamar’s marital bliss was kept from the cameras. I don’t blame Khloe. What to share, how much to share, and even when to share are never easy decisions. I also credit her for not only standing by him, but for seeming to want to help him stay sober.

But can she help him stay sober? There we see even the Kardashian machine struggle with a question the rest of us cannot answer because if we are to believe the experts, we can’t help an addict stay sober. They have to want it for themselves. Yet there is Khloe, who has beaten the whole weight thing, for some, an even bigger issue than drugs, setting Lammy up in a lifestyle designed to keep him away from drugs, and it still is not enough.

On the most recent KUWTK, or whatever the abbreviation is, Khloe is bummed that Lammy seems to be heading in the wrong direction. She doesn’t put this on the addict she loves. She doesn’t blame Lammy for his choices. She blames the crowd he’s hanging with, even calling them bad guys. I’m sure she’s even sent a few of her not so cryptic tweets.

 Lamar Odom, her not yet ex-husband, OD’d in a Vegas brothel. It was touch and go, and many, including the Kardashians, believed he had hours to live. No judgment here but if Lamar overdosed in a brother surrounded by prostitutes, is that really Boy Scout behavior. Why is she calling other addicts the bad guys?

As someone who loves an addict, I totally get the desire to lock up our loved ones and keep them away from all the bad influences. As someone who loves an addict, actually, more than one, I get that my addict is also one of the bad influences. I get that there is no locking him up anywhere. I can only hope that he will be one of the few who gets the right help and somehow stays sober, even if I am not quite sure what the right help really is.

I can only pray that he will not overdose after a period of staying clean. And I can pray some more that the sobriety will last. And that he will not overdose after a period of staying clean. And I can follow that with some more prayers that he will be the one out of ten that does not relapse. And yes, that his relapse won’t include an overdose.

So I have no desire to call out Khloe Kardashian. I think it’s admirable that she stood by Lamar. Nobody could have blamed her had she chosen to walk away. But after watching the show, I was disappointed to hear her describe his friends as the bad guys.

They aren’t bad guys. They are addicts. Just like Lamar. Just like the addicts I love. There is still no cure. The drugs that lead to heroin addiction are still legal and available after a doctor’s visit and at your local pharmacy. Say thank you to the FDA. They are your bad guys. There is too much money in addiction. The rehab industry, which is not based in science, not evidence-based, is a billion dollar industry. Until that changes we will keep hearing a narrative that calls the addicts we love the bad guys.

I hate a lot of things my addict has done, but he’s not the bad guy. He’s just one of the many millions with a disease that nobody seems to understand.

 

 

 

 

 

The Kardashians Keep Kashing In

Keeping Up with the Kardashians

Hate them all you want, but I love the way those Kardashians keep saying, “ka ching, ka ching.” Page Six is reporting that momager Kris Jenner has secured a record-breaking $100 million plus deal! Can you wrap your head around that number? $100 million? Plus?! It’s like they have their very own Powerball numbers that keep on hitting.

I know what you’re all saying. You hate the Kardashians. You’re sick of them. All because of a sex tape. Hmmm…meow and meow.

I’m always amused that someone can do something when they are in their early 20’s and it defines them for the rest of their life. Kim Kardashian had sex. How outrageous! A 20 something woman had sex with someone she was in a relationship with. When her ex put it out there for the world to see, there was a choice to be made. A) Crawl under a rock or B) build the latest 15 minutes into a multi-million dollar enterprise. It seems Kim is not a fan of rocks because she chose B.  I wonder if America would have been more forgiving if she had let us turn her into a punchline as she faded into obscurity because at this point, she could cure cancer and we’d still be hearing about her sex tape.

Kris Jenner had been married to Robert Kardashian, famous for being OJ’s best friend. She was also married to world-famous Olympic athlete, Bruce Jenner, but the sex tape made them famous? Ok. Tell yourselves that. Maybe the sex tape pushed them to the front of the reality television line but truth is we’ve been reading about the Kardashian  and Jenner families for a long time.

America has always had a love/hate relationship with celebrities. Back in the day, it was enquiring minds that wanted to know. Give Kris Jenner credit for taking control of her family’s story from the tabloids and seeing reality television as the best marketing tool in the world. Love them or hate them, but come on, the sex tape wasn’t that good. $100 million, years after people are Kardashian’d out? I don’t think so, because if the sex tape was all it’s about, you can just skip  the shows, Instagram pictures, Tweets, and everything else they put out there and just buy the tape online.

I’ll admit. I’m a little sick of them too but that’s why I don’t watch the show. I don’t follow any of them on social media, and when I see a news story, I don’t click on it, except, of course, when I see $100 million plus. Then, I click and wonder when they are going to open up a Kardashian Kollege and teach the rest of us how to turn hate into millions of dollars because if there’s anything that family knows how to do, it’s turn hate into dollars, millions of dollars. I also click and think, “you go girls!”

They aren’t selling themselves as the family that’s saving the world. They are hardly setting themselves up as relationship experts. They are women who like pretty things, pick the wrong men, and enjoy taking selfies. Sounds like a lot of people I know. They just happen to be getting paid $100 million plus to continue doing all of those things for an American public that made them famous. God Bless America!