Last week on TikTok, we reposted @king.asante ‘s commentary on Kylie Jenner doing something, well, normal. There’s layers to this – Kylie’s original video, showing off a new Kylie Cosmetics product, a TikTok-er’s analysis of this as “trying to be relatable”, Kylie’s response and @king.asante ‘s commentary on the whole situation. Still following? 1.3 million views and over 1500 comments later, people had a lot to say about it.
The Kardashians might be famous, but they’re certainly not polished. Rising to fame through a reality show where they bared all their lives for the world to see, Kylie Jenner basically grew up on the E! Network, with her teenager-dom blown up on our screens and adolescent drama often a major plotpoint. She might be the realest of the real. So why are people calling her out for being fake?
Last week Kylie posted a video reviewing her makeup brand, Kylie Cosmetics, and (shock-horror) dropped her phone, ensuing a series of responses on TikTok accusing her of premeditating the act. One TikToker commented on the clip, calling her behaviour “interesting” and asking why she’s reviewing her lip kits in her car when she literally lives in a mansion. CULTED’s community took to TikTok to share their views.
At first glance, a Kardashian dropping her phone seems like nothing but a glimpse behind their flawless facade: Kylie’s human too, she drops her phone like everyone else! As @ayceyboy14’s sarcasm-soaked comment states, “I heard gravity doesn’t work when you’re a billionaire 😳😳😳”. Do we really think the rich are exempt from Einstein’s laws of physics?
However, others have argued that this has the meddling of momager Kris Jenner written all over it. One comment by @basementdwellerkat read: “you can understand why people are sus about everything they do bc it’s all curated or some PR move historically lol”.
This isn’t too hard to believe if you think back to Kendall’s iconic cucumber slicing clip in May. Whilst we were at first shocked into believing that Kendall Jenner really – like really – didn’t know how to cut a cucumber, it slowly dawned on us that the ridiculous video was actually a marketing ploy. Behind the cucumber, Kendall was wearing a jumper with her tequila brand logo stretched across the front. Very clever Kris.
The majority of people have said, like commenter @dcjfashion, “ITS NOT THAT DEEP”. Celebrities are people too, and Kylie Jenner dropping her phone would only be world news in some kind of dystopia. But @frankiedasilva_xo argued that actually, “it really is [that deep], every single one of their actions is premeditated and meticulously planned to make money from average people”. Being famous sounds exhausting.
At the end of the day, user @zayne1721 reminds us that there’s only one comment that will always reign true in the midst of any Kardashian-focused debate: “Kim, there’s people that are dying!”
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