Scott Disick could be the latest man to fall victim to the Kardashian curse — or, at least, that’s what he wants us to believe. A clip from this weekend’s new episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians shows Disick visiting a psychic to confirm that he is, indeed, cursed. With Kendall Jenner by his side (because it would be wrong to bring a Kardashian to check on the validity of a Kardashian curse), Disick watches as the psychic tells him that he has "a load of negative energy," adding, "I would probably say you have a curse."
Disick might be cursed, but is it by the Kardashian curse? No. You know how I know? The Kardashian curse does not exist. Disick might want to blame his recent bad luck on his long-term relationship with Kourtney Kardashian, with whom he has three children, but the truth is that instead of looking to blame his ex, he should be taking responsibility for his own actions.
For those of you who don’t know, the Kardashian curse is a string of bad luck that believers say follows the Kardashian women’s exes. Essentially, it’s the belief that dating a Kardashian could ruin a man’s career. Some, like the good people at the NY Daily News, define the Kardashian curse as only affecting athletes, writing recently that dating a Kardashian could lead to "a dramatic decline in [the athlete’s] career."
What evidence there is to back up a so-called Kardashian curse is, essentially, nothing more than flimsy speculation. The publication cites Reggie Bush, who famously dated Kim Kardashian, as patient zero of the rumored curse, noting that after Bush and Kim called it quits in 2010, a scandal from his college career forced him to return his 2005 Heisman Trophy. Should USC be blamed for the mishandling of college players resulting in Bush’s Heisman Trophy fiasco? Of course not. And what about Kris Humphries, who faded into obscurity off the court after his failed 72-day marriage to Kim? While we’re at it, why not blame Lamar Odom’s drug problems on his marriage to Khloé Kardashian? These allegations and more have all been written about as proof of the supposed Kardashian curse. One article from Hip Hop Wired even suggests that the Kardashian curse is so strong that it resulted in Caitlyn Jenner’s transition. "Maybe years of being henpecked by the Kardashian women eroded the last bit of masculinity Bruce had left before transitioning to Caitlin [sic]," wrote Lee Vann.
The absurdity of suggesting that Caitlyn Jenner transitioned because of the Kardashians, or that Odom’s recent troubles can be blamed on his relationship with Khloé astounds me. The Kardashian curse is nothing but a pathetic attempt to blame successful women for the failures of their significant others. Furthermore, the myth of the Kardashian curse perpetuates the sexist stereotype that sexually active women are somehow tainted.
It is impossible to separate the ridiculous notion of the Kardashian curse from the widely held belief that sexually free women can corrupt "innocent" men. Kim, Kourtney and Khloé are all known for being outspoken when it comes to sex. They speak openly about sexual relationships on their various shows and frequently pose for sexy photo shoots or even post naked selfies. Like it or not, the Kardashian name is synonymous with sex appeal in pop culture, and the notion of the Kardashian curse feeds into the idea that a sex-positive woman, like a Kardashian, is detrimental to the "innocent" men she meets.
The Kardashian curse implies that any ill ever to befall a man who has come into contact with the Kardashians is the fault of the famous family — and it needs to die. If Disick wants to do as the psychic tells him and set a rooster free to get rid of his negative energy, then more power to him. Just don't think for a second that your problems are due to a Kardashian curse.
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