It’s an interesting world to live in – one where cameras follow people around in their day-to-day lives and record everything they do for millions of people to see. Their trials and triumphs all displayed for the world to judge.
But that’s entertainment, isn’t it?
“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” is one of TV’s highest watched programs. A show about people notoriously without talent is, for whatever reason, one of television’s biggest hits. While yes, it seems painfully easy to pick at every little thing that the Kardashians do there is a draw to them that is undeniable.
A picture of Kylie Jenner posted on Instagram garners hundreds of thousands of likes in mere minutes. Talk of the reality star’s pregnancy was plastered all over social media because what happens to them means everything to us.
So, when we think about the Kardashians and their international fame, one can’t help but wonder: what about the kids?
Something that has plagued my thoughts a lot is the question of what does it mean to grow up in front of cameras?
Now yes, stars like Lindsay Lohan and Hilary Duff and even Leonardo DiCaprio technically grew up in front of cameras, but the brand of celebrity that the Kardashian-Jenner children are is unlike any brand of child-fame that the world has seen before.
When North West, Kim and Kanye’s first child, was in-utero she was a national phenomenon. The birth of Khloe Kardashian and Tristan Thompson’s daughter, True, was a tabloid editor’s dream come true as the child was born in the midst of a cheating scandal.
Before the kids were able to even take their first breath they were famous… so, how is that going to impact them?
Growing up a child actor is one thing, it is your character that is struggling with puberty and the horrors of growing up – these children are growing up as themselves on television. There isn’t any distance they can put between themselves and what is being broadcast on television, it’s just them on camera growing up.
When photos of Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick’s son were posted and the 8-year-old appeared to have a unibrow internet trolls went wild – mom-shaming Kourtney for not taking on the responsibilities of motherhood by tweezing her child’s eyebrows.
Are we supposed to think that this is normal?
We live in a time where cyber-bullying is on the top of every parent’s concern list… so how does anyone think that pointing out a little boy’s features and shaming him and his mother for them is justifiable?
These children are the future faces of Hollywood. And frankly, it’s only a matter of time before Kris Jenner begins crafting a contract for “The Wests” a show that centralizes on North, Saint, and Chicago which will no doubt feature cameos from all their equally-famous cousins.
North West is already regarded as a fashionista and diva, and she’s only five, in another ten years who can guess where her social capital and money will take her.
The fact of the matter is that these children are likely to only grow in notoriety, be it good or bad. We’ve seen countless child stars travel down dark paths, we’ve also seen those same child stars make a claim for redemption.
Hate their parents as you may, but keep in mind that these kids are just that – kids. Kim and Khloe may be problematic, Kourtney and Scott may be the definition of dysfunctional, but these children are not responsible for the error of their parents.
These children have the platform to create change and are growing up in a generation hilted on the concept of change. However naïve it may seem, until proven otherwise, we should believe that these KarJenner kids are destined for greatness.