Kim Kardashian has spent her adult years making a mockery of marriage (someone had to say it). Without trying to, and with no malice of intent, she is disrespecting all those in lifelong marriages who have worked incredibly hard at making a lasting bond with another person.
This will be her third marriage in the 15 years that she has been an adult, so for all of you who are math-challenged, that equates to a marriage every five years. Her second marriage, which was a televised, $10 million affair to Kris Humphries, lasted 72 days. Isn't that sort of the textbook definition of tacky? And if not, certainly being pregnant with Kanye West's baby while she was still technically married to Humphries could be construed as tacky, right?
Most of pop culture tolerates Kardashian but has little love for her fiancé West. So while we wanted to be emotionally invested in their engagement, we just couldn't make it happen. The momentous occasion had all the elements of a romantic engagement — a reserved park, an orchestra, an elaborate fireworks show and a 15-carat diamond ring. So where's the buy-in? Why weren't we feeling it? It somehow came off as just one big tacky show of wealth and extravagance.
How much would you hate being Kardashian's friend right about now? Seriously, most of us would be looking her in the face and saying, "Look, I love you, but I'm not buying you anymore wedding presents. I'm tired of throwing/attending/purchasing gifts for your showers/weddings. When you've been married to the same guy for 10 years, I'll consider buying you a gift. Plus, don't you have more money than God? What could you possibly need from anyone else?" Having a bridal shower when you're as wealthy (and as unskilled at marriage) as Kardashian is, is tacky — having more than one is in really poor taste.
From where we are sitting, the fact that these two are having a wedding in Florence, Italy, pushes this affair from, "Is this tacky?" to "This is so freakin' tacky." The latest rumor is that these two are getting hitched at the Forte di Belvedere fortress in Florence.
After Kardashian's last public mockery of marriage, these two should be slipping away for a quiet exchange of vows, where all gifts are donated to charity. But no. They not only have to be over-the-top elaborate in their choice of venue; they have to insult Americans in the process. Both of these celebrities have made disgusting fortunes on the backs of hardworking Americans. The least they could do — if they insist on having a huge, ostentatious wedding — is have it in America. The amount of money they will spend on this wedding could feed LA's homeless for several months. Where's the love? Dumping all that money into an economy that has little to do with how you achieved your personal wealth is tack-ey.
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