The Kardashian Jenner clan are on the cover of Cosmopolitan Magazine‘s 50th Anniversary Issue. But there’s one aspect of the cover that’s got some people annoyed.
The caption on the cover reads, “America’s First Family,” and some people view that as disrespect to The Obamas.
— Cosmopolitan (@Cosmopolitan) October 5, 2015
The cover features family matriarch Kris Jenner surrounded by her daughters — Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian, as well as her youngest, Kendall and Kylie Jenner. The magazine will feature a 16-page spread showcasing the Kardashian Jenner family bond. According to Cosmo, this is the first time all of the Kardashian women have been on the same magazine cover since 2011. The ladies also did separate interviews and covers for the 50th Anniversary Cosmo celebration. But here’s some of the backlash that the Kardashian cosmo cover got.
Calling them the “First Family” when we have one, a black one, sends a bad message for a country with a long history of dissming blackness.
— sabby. (@sabrinadunn) October 5, 2015
@Cosmopolitan gross. And NOT America’s first family. Just because we can’t get away from them, doesn’t mean they are our “first family.”
— Chris Kelleher (@chkelleher) October 5, 2015
Do you think the Kardashian Cosmo cover disrespect The Obamas?
The Kardashians are not the Obamas, obviously. But could they be America’s first family of pop culture? Perhaps. They’ve certainly done a good job of holding the public’s attention since the first episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians aired in 2007.
“No one could have predicted the Kardashians’ and Jenners’ success,” says Ryan Seacrest, Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ executive producer.
“But when you spend time with them, what resonates is the family unit. There are so many things about them that are glamorous, crazy, and unlike our lives, but the sense of family is universal.”
The title “First Family” is meant to be sensational, much like the Kardashian-Jenners themselves. Throughout the years we’ve seen the navigate the choppy waters of celebrity, through nasty break-ups, family fights, 72-day marriages, and now the transition of a family member who is transgender.
“They love and stand by one another no matter what. Their unvarnished candor reveals how close they really are,” Seacrest continued. “What’s more, they present acceptance. You look at Bruce and now Caitlyn — you see the power of a family to come together when it would be so easy to fall apart.”
The Kardashian influence has gone beyond television and infiltrated fashion, beauty, and even technology.
The Kardashian-Jenner sisters recently launched a suite of websites and apps meant to give their legions of fans more inside access to their lives. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the Kardashian apps have enticed more than a million subscribers to sign up. The apps are free to download, but to access the exclusive content, subscribers must drop $3 a month. The exclusive content offers a curated radio station from Kylie Jenner, make up tutorials from Kim Kardashian, and a series on de-cluttering (Khlo-C-D) courtesy of Khloe Kardashian. The accompanying Kardashian websites also promise access to exclusivity. All you have to do is give them your credit card information.
But despite the Kardashian vice grip on the media’s attention, the apps have struggled to maintain a steady stream of new subscribers.
Within two weeks of the launch, Kylie’s app had disappeared from the App Store’s Top 100 most downloaded free apps. She had topped that list days after the Kardashian apps launched.
The Kardashian Kollection was also recently dropped by Sears and will no longer be available at their stores. The Fashion Spot reports that the line was not selling well and that most of the pieces had made their way to the sale rack. According to the Fashion Spot, a lace top that was originally sold for $59.99 is now selling for $9.99 on the Kardashian Kollection for Sears website. Sears’ sales have been suffering for some time now — 11 straight quarters of losses — and not even the Kardashian name can dig them out of the hole.
Does this mean that the Kardashian cosmo cover is exaggerating the influence of America’s “first family?”
But with their hordes of social media fans and Keeping Up with The Kardashians still on the air for the forseeable future, we probably won’t see the last of them for quite some time.
Do you think the Kardashian Cosmo cover disrespects The Obamas?
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