How you doing? Recently fans, non-fans and media personalities alike have been weighing in on Kanye West’s most recent confession to Jimmy Kimmel, in which he revealed just how strongly he felt about his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, earning a spot on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Recently, talk-show host Wendy Williams was one of the people who weighed in her opinion on the matter, saying that she agrees that reality-vixen Kardashian deserves that historic Hollywood star on the ground. Williams explained her logic by saying
“Well I think that whoever makes those rules is really, really out of touch. Reality stars are bigger than regular TV stars these days…Everybody in the world knows who Kim Kardashian is…Like it or not, these reality stars are STARS,” she recently dished. “And my thought is they do deserve to be in the running for a Hollywood star. I think people in Hollywood, sometimes stick their nose up to reality TV because they feel that you’re not a real thesbian, you didn’t study at the School of Drama….How many people on TV on talk shows could I be hating on?”
Well, this is interesting. I guess this is a matter of subjectivity. Is it enough to be famous for being famous? What defines ‘fame’ and what exactly does the Hollywood Walk of ‘Fame’ represent? Does the honor of earning a star reflect your monetary success or your true talent? Does ‘fame’ mean the ability to simply be known or the ability to be influential in music and movie culture?
With the explosive rise in reality-tv popularity, and the aid of social networking, it is no wonder that Kim Kardashian is without a doubt a well-recognized American figure. But is what she is known for worthy of receiving a mark on the “Hollywood Walk?” Is she an icon? A few synonyms for icon include: idol, hero, heroine, likeness and representation. Would we call the Kardashian’s reign on television to be representative of American homes? Or heroic for that matter? Well, apparently, some think so.
The term fame and what it means to be famous has changed throughout the years, but I’d like to think that the Hollywood Walk of Fame is a reflection of a modern Thespian Club or Actors/Actress Guild. Being rewarded with money and popularity is one but being awarded for talent and influence is another. However, this is all opinion. What are your thoughts? Sound of below!