Here’s why I’m all torn up. Today, Rebel Wilson told Australian radio station KIIS FM she refused to present at the VMAs with Kylie and Kendall Jenner because their unfathomable fame is essentially based on no talent, which is against everything Rebel stands for and did for herself. I find myself agreeing with her, and as we all do, became semi-irritated, wondering: Why the hell are the Kardashian-Jenners so famous anyway? But I also watch their shows, follow their social media accounts and own a pair of Kendall & Kylie PacSun sunglasses. So what kind of hypocrite does that make me?
An unapologetic Rebel flat-out said what a lot of us constantly think:
“They’re famous for no talent. They seem a bit superficial and their careers aren’t really based on talent. I know they’re super popular, but I’m all about personality and working hard to get to where I am. How Kim Kardashian got famous from the sex tape and I just went to acting school and worked really hard.”
First, I found myself a little bit annoyed at the mention of Kim’s sex tape. It’s been how many years? Let’s move the f–k on already. But then I remembered that at the core of it, the tape that shall-not-be-named-yet-is-referenced-far-too-often was the kickstart to what would be a multi-million dollar brand (with of course, the help of the godly Kris Jenner and a little elbow grease). This is when I start to agree with Rebel and feel frustrated for her. It’s irritating that someone like Rebel can work their ass off with pride and diligence for years, chasing after their dream, when you have others out there like Kylie and Kendall, who had their fame handed to them on the silver platter that was their sister’s hooha.
That said, here’s why I hate that I do agree and understand Rebel’s frustration. Kendall and Kylie couldn’t help the situation they were born and ultimately brought into. They’re just milking the hell out of it, cultivating their brands and collecting cash, and I’m certain anyone else in that position would be highly inclined to do the same. I know I would. Also, who are we to decide what level of “talent” makes someone worthy of fame? On some level, it definitely bothers me that the Kardashian-Jenners, who put out clothing and beauty brands and look really hot on Instagram for a living are just as, if not more famous than the Meryl Streeps of the world–icons because of their unmeasurable talent, hard work and grace. It doesn’t totally sit right with me, but I guess people can be famous for different reasons.
I get that it’s wrong to judge them and how they got their fame. That doesn’t mean I won’t be just as annoyed as Rebel is at the fact that these women became some of the most famous people in the world without college degrees, sending out head shots and resumes, enduring grueling audition processes or being told “no.” It doesn’t seem fair, but many things in life aren’t. And I really love my Kendall & Kylie sunglasses, so who am I to say?