'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' Is Over; Now We Have To Clean Up the Mess
An American institution is falling, and, for once, we're not just talking about our Democracy. Keeping Up With The Kardashians is coming to an end with its final season slated to drop in 2021.
Now, obviously, the Kardashians aren't going anywhere. They're still one of the wealthiest, most famous families on Earth. But with their show coming to an end, it pays to look back on their legacy and marvel at the wonders and ruins they've left behind like they're Ozymandias or one of those other Egyptian pharaohs who couldn't be bothered to pick up their shit.
And there is certainly a lot of shit to look at. They've launched cosmetic lines, clothing lines, a mobile game, and an infamous sex tape. Kim Kardashian is worth close to a billion dollars. Kylie Jenner is also worth (about) a billion dollars. The family has a combined Instagram reach of 744 million people. But I think the Kardashians' biggest legacy isn't just that they invented the digital-age version of "famous for being famous," but that they taught the rest of the world how to do it too.
For this reason alone, I think they're the epitome, for good or bad, of "American Exceptionalism." I know some will burst a hemorrhoid or two at the thought of giving the Kardashians credit for their success, but hear me out. This is a family who leveraged their tiny bit of fame -- being related to a tertiary lawyer in the OJ Simpson case -- and used it, along with a sex tape to start a television show which turned into a social media empire which turned into a fashion empire, and now Kim Kardashian is a household name in China. Think of that astronomical rise. If you could count units of fame like you actually currency (we'll call them "celebreneros"), then the Kardashian Family would be regarded with the same investing prowess as Warren Buffett.