Sunday, April 14, 2024

People Mag Reverses Money Position on Kardashian Wedding Photos


I reported on June 22nd that a top level People magazine insider said the magazine “would never” pay anything like $1 million for photographs of the dreaded Kardashian wedding. But now the word is out that People actually forked over a total of $1.5 million for the pictures of this hideous extravaganza. The magazine’s website is already featuring lots of minute details about the nuptials, including the size of the cake and the hemming on the dress.

The bigger question is, Who are these people? Why is the tabloid media fascinated with them? Fiance Kris Humphries is an athlete, but he’s not Michael Jordan. Kardashian is just part of a publicity and attention seeking family hellbent on being famous for being famous–and getting paid for it. I don’t get it. Who cares about these people? Aside from their late father knowing how and why O.J. Simpson killed Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman, they are utterly useless.

But maybe it’s the time of year. Last year, it was the Chelsea Clinton wedding. Remember it? The whole media was clamped onto that thing and wouldn’t let it go. Here’s the funny thing: the one year anniversary was barely noticed. So, too, will the Kardashian frenzy seem ridiculous in a year’s time. Meanwhile, the couple will rake in media bucks for reasons so bewildering. Consider that most of Somalia is dying of starvation.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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