Like it or not, Kim Kardashian is a big part of American celebrity culture.
Evidently, NPR listeners fall into the "not" camp.
Mrs. Kanye West came on the show Saturday for the "Not My Job" section, where they introduced her as "a producer, an entrepreneur, designer, a mom, she's a model, a tabloid life support system" — all true, though they did forget to mention "star of reality show that's been on TV for more than a decade," "New York Times bestselling author," and "multimillion-dollar app creator."
On the show, Kardashian joked about the name of her new baby (calling North's sibling South would be "so stupid," she said), renting the Staples Center for West's birthday and her book Selfish ("It's riveting!") before answering questions about another famous Kim: North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
"Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" is a very lighthearted program. Yes, sometimes the guest is Doris Kearns Goodwin or Al Gore or Buzz Aldrin, but on other occasions, the show has featured such luminaries as Clay Aiken, Lance Bass, Terry Crews, and Tony Danza. But apparently Kim Kardashian was a shade too far. According to NPR, it fielded "several hundreds" of responses from "disgusted" fans, some of whom are certain that the show has now "jumped the shark" by featuring Kardashian.
"I have enjoyed your show for years, but I found the inclusion of Kim Kardashian so misguided and offensive, I fear I will never be able to listen again (hyperbolic, yes, but vapid, talentless, and shallow individuals who have not earned fame or fortune through an ounce of hard work have no place on a show of such caliber)," wrote Brianna Frazier of Laguna Beach, Calif.
Others have threatened to pull their donations or claim to have done so. "I recently gave a small gift to my local NPR station," Kerry Castano, of Burlington, Vt., wrote. "Had I heard your Saturday show before I made my gift, I wouldn't have donated. The Kardashians represent much of what is wrong with America today — and I listen to NPR to get AWAY from Kardashian-like garbage."
Harsh. Will Kim's 10-minute segment take down public radio forever? Only time will tell. (Our prediction: Unlikely.)
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