The Kardashians have received a “glowing” assessment from an unlikely source: the wife of the Black Sabbath frontman, Sharon Osbourne.
“With the Kardashians, it’s amazing because I look at it in a business point of view and I see those three gorgeous girls influencing a young generation,” she told People Magazine. “But I also think they should be awarded for manipulation of the press and all of us because they do it brilliantly. I don’t think the show is real, which is no problem, but they’re manipulating their lives as long as the public is concerned.”
Osbourne is in a position to make a judgement. She and her family were among the first showbiz dynasties to open their doors to cameras that filmed them constantly. Their reality TV show, which was shown on MTV, helped launch the career of their daughter, Kelly Osbourne, and helped put Ozzy Osbourne back into the spotlight.
“Ours came organically: Nobody came to us and said, ‘We’ve got an idea, will you do this?’ ” Osbourne said.
“We never know what’s going to happen from one minute to the next with them… Who would have thought that you could make a book out of silly pictures of yourself!”
By “silly pictures of yourself,” Sharon is referring to Kim Kardashian’s new book, a collection of — you guessed it — selfies, which she’s already shared on her wildly popular Instagram account.
“I mean, it’s brilliant on a business level – it’s absolutely brilliant.”
Keeping Up With The Kardashians first aired in 2007 and continues to follow the antics of Kourtney, Kim, Khloé, Rob Kardashian, their mother, Kris Jenner, and stepfather, Bruce Jenner, to this day. Their half-sisters, Kylie and Kendall Jenner, also appear in the show, which airs on the E! network.
Speaking of manipulation, the Kardashians have certainly used every upheaval in their family to boost ratings for the show. Most recently, Bruce Jenner, the current Kardashian “patriarch” revealed to the world that he’s transgender and in the process of physically transitioning into womanhood.
Though he has openly maintained that he did not invent his transgender identity to boost the show’s ratings, the most recent episode “About Bruce” is all about showing how the rest of the Kardashian clan is dealing with Bruce’s transition into the identity he’s been calling “her.” Reactions to the “special” have been mixed so far.
For everyone disgusted by the Kardashians (and I have been too), THIS is their purpose. They’re going to help so many people #AboutBruce
— Angi Taylor (@AngiTaylorKISS) May 18, 2015
#ILearnedItOnTV That i really don’t want to keep up with the Kardashians
— Tracy (@sweetwales) May 17, 2015
I’m watching keeping up w the kardashians and im trying to keep an open mind but this show is just all of them on their phones for an hour?
— bag of skin (@airhrs) May 14, 2015
Keeping Up With The Kardashians airs on Sundays at 10 pm on the E Network.
[Photo courtesy of E!]