Reality Show Stars Need A Reality Check...The Kardashian Sisters


While superior ratings are paramount in the television world, there seems to be something terribly awry when the success of a show takes precedence over life changing decisions. Reality Star, Khloe Kardashian and her basketball player fianc√©‘ married on September 27, 2009, only 30 days after meeting each other at a party.


Many sources close to the Kardashian clan claim that the mad dash to the altar stems from following in the footsteps of reality TV personality, Kendra Wilkinson, who televised her wedding to NFL Player Hank Baskett. Wilkinson’s show apparently earned her show the highest ratings ever from just this one episode. To that end, the planning and the wedding will create a lot of buzz and drama for Kardashian and Lamar and consequently, boost the ratings of the Kardashian clan reality show.

Kardashian, however, claims that she married because she is in love. She contends that it may seem like a quickie wedding for everyone else, but at the mature age of 25, she knows exactly what she wants. Khloe and Lamar also contend that they wanted to marry before Lamar leaves for training and the basketball season commences. Lamar’s  first preseason Lakers’ game is on October 7, 2009. Khloe and Lamar said that they started talking about marriage soon after they met because they knew it was right.

But the question still remains, what do you actually know about a person after 30 days? Most logical people would agree that it takes years to learn about another person and even then, it is not unusual to find out that you do not really know the person. The problem in Khloe and Lamar’s scenario is somewhat magnified. If Khloe and Lamar were planning a wedding essentially 2 weeks after they met, Khloe and Lamar truly have no idea if they are compatible in real-life scenarios. Let’s also factor in that Lamar has two children, daughter, Destiny and a son, Lamar Jr. from a previous relationship. So not only is Khloe trying to get to know Lamar, Khloe, a bachelorette, now has to play stepmommy, adapt to and live with 2 children she barely knows. 

Of course, Khloe and Lamar are still in the honeymoon period of the relationship. You know the phase when all you want
to do is please each other and you are on your best behavior.  But there is no way to approximate or sustain the
honeymoon level of emotion, perfectionism and passion. For example, many couples do not even make past their first fight because they do not see each other in the same manner as before. Now, this seemingly perfect and ideal person has flaws. When the honeymoon period ends, this becomes the time when reality sets in and the relationship requires work. Khloe and Lamar are not even close to reality and have a long way to go to determine if they are compatible, let alone marriage material.     

But in the reality show world, nothing is sacred. Kris Jenner, Khloe’s mom and business manager, negotiated a deal to sell Khloe’s wedding pictures to Ok! magazine for a paltry sum of $300,000.  This is coincidentally the same magazine that just hired Khloe’s sister, Kim Kardashian as its new contributing beauty editor. Kris Jenner (otherwise known as “Madame Kris”) is teaching all of her adult daughters how to reap the rewards of being a trainwreck and to clean up at the bank.  First there was Kim Kardashian who made a amateur sex tape with her boyfriend and rapper, Ray J. After the sex tape mysteriously found its way on the internet, Kim emerged as a  star and later landed the reality show, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Now there is Kourtney Kardashian, who only recently reconnected with her boyfriend, Scott Dissick for the sole reason that he accidentally knocked her up. Kourtney’s pregnancy serves as  great drama for her new reality show, Khloe and Kourtney Take Miami And now you have Khloe marrying Lamar Odom, a man she has known for 10 seconds.   

So even if the quickie wedding is a publicity stunt for the television show, a decision was made at some point to sell Khloe’s soul to Ryan Seacrest and the press. Let’s hope that Kris Jenner was intelligent enough to insist that the wedding be for ceremonial purposes only and the legal ceremony occur after there is time to negotiate and draft a ironclad prenuptial agreement. If not, no worries-the divorce will just become one more drama to raise the ratings of the show.

And some people claimed that my law firm billboards: “Life’s Short. Get a Divorce.” trivialized marriage. Go figure.   



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