Kim Kardashian's IMDb Bio Gets an Awesome Rewrite, Examining Socio-Economic Implications of Her Talentless Rise to Fame

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IMDb writer Jon Hopwood penned a very honest and thoughtful biography for Kim Kardashian that analyzes the reality star's and her family's improbable rise to mainstream fame and incredible fortune based solely on a homemade sex tape, and what that kind of success says about our society. Naturally, IMDb has removed the prose from her page, but screen shots have ensured that the words are able to live on the internet forever:

Kim Kardashian is emblematic of the shallowness of American culture in the first two decades of the new millennium. While some cultural critics call her the prime avatar of the "famous for being famous" faux celebrity crowd, she along with Paris Hilton is a new breed of cat whose celebrity comes from the release of a sex tape and the canny exploitation of the resulting publicity. Like her good friend Miss Hilton (their relationship predates Kim's "celebrity", Kardashian is possessed of photogenic good looks but is short of any other discernible talents outside of the bedroom. Both expanded their celebrity by becoming reality TV "stars".

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Hopwood went on to discuss the politics of Kardashian's fame:

In the decadence that is America of the $15-trillion deficit and no serious plans from either party for a solution to the economic problems of the "Great Recession," Kim Kardashian is welcomed to her second White House Correspondents Association Dinner in Washinton, D.C. in 2012 and made fun of not only by host Jimmy Kimmel but by the President of the United States…That the women's fame rests on the February 2007 "leaking" of a four-year-old home sex [tape] (for which she ultimately received $5 million from Vivid Entertainment) is an apt metaphor for socio-economic-cultural malaise in Washington and the country beyond, where everything seems to be run by amoral prostitutes in bed with each other and merely out for a buck.

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Illustration for article titled Kim Kardashians IMDb Bio Gets an Awesome Rewrite, Examining Socio-Economic Implications of Her Talentless Rise to Fame

You can read the full bio in the screen shot to the left.

Kim Kardashian's IMDB Bio Is AMAZING [Uproxx]

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I hate the Fame For Fame's Sake crowd as much as the next gal, but I can't shake the feeling that the reason all of the venom is disproportionately directed at the Kardashians and Hiltons (who've been out of the public eye for a while now, too) of the world is misogyny. Whither the Perez Hilton Is A Vapid Famewhore articles? Ray J got a reality TV show off of that sex tape too (his career was diminished by that point to "the guy who was in that sex tape with Kim Kardashian"). And the Jersey Shore women are mocked more than the men, to my untrained eye, especially given that the men pretty much go around trying to date rape girls every night. Women aren't supposed to seek attention, so these public women must be horrible people for doing so.

I also think that of the crowd of people getting rich off of the demise of our culture via reality livelihoods, the Kardashians are keeping more of the money in the family than most (Housewives, Bachelor/ettes, various singing contestants), and that earns them attacks because it upsets the power structure. With these women all executive producing their own shows and spinning off their own lines, somewhere in Hollywood some old white exec dudes are feeling cheated.