Home Celebrity 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.

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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.
8 replies to this post
  1. Exactly. I am just baffled as to why anyone give’s a hoot about these 2 people. Or “Snooki”, “The Situation”, Paris Hilton, et al. I remember a time when people had to have actual talent to be famous. Sadly that is no longer the case. What does that say about the society in which we live? Sad.

  2. Well, really Roger, I would rather hear about Kardasians’s wedding(at least she has the courage to have heavy thighs) than all the crap about Scientolgy celebrities who deliberately deny their children medical care and then are oh so upset when they die-you claim to be outraged by this sleazebag religion but again and again we have see Travolta’s face or hear about J-Lo and the school for her children.
    Honestly, I would rather hear about still another tasteless wedding-at least it is what it is.MMH
    ps where are the comments? Has everyone gone to the Hamptons?

  3. Roger –
    I love your tell-it-like-it-is articles. That’s why I read you everyday. What an excellent point you made “the couple will rake in media bucks for reasons so bewildering. Consider that most of Somalia is dying of starvation.”

    They should honeymoon in Somalia and educate themselves, but then again they probably don’t sell enough face make up for Kim there.

  4. Their disgusting and embarrassing reality show is sadly what passes for entertainment in 2011. They are not famous but rather infamous. Shameful behavior and the lack of morality are celebrated in this dumbed down society of ours. Money grubbing greed is now the norm not the exception. Every dirty detail of their pathetic lives is for sale to the highest bidder. It is the end of civilized society as we have known it and it’s all downhill from here.

  5. Well, didn’t she appear on Dancing With The “Stars” which, by definition, would make her a “star”? I kid! I’m with you Roger – I don’t understand the fascination with this group of people(the Jersey shore folks come to mind too) who are famous for basically doing nothing noteworthy!

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