Too Trashy for Vogue?

Vogue magazine has been chronicling all things superficial and worthless for women around the world since 1892.  It’s all about fashion, trends, and people whose primary accomplishment in life is their physical resemblance to a clothes hanger.

You’d think nothing would be too superficial for Vogue.

But if you did, you’d be wrong.

 Last week, celebrity trash Kim Kardashian “graced” the magazine’s cover, accompanied by her boyfriend, the mild-mannered and modest Kanye West.

And suddenly, the celebrators of the superficial decided that Vogue had failed to meet even its own minimal standards.

An actress named Sarah Michelle Gellar tweeted “’Well……I guess I’m canceling my Vogue subscription. Who is with me???”

Some blogger The Curmudgeon has never heard of named “Bryanboy,” who apparently – at least according to one writer ­– is influential, wrote:  “Twenty four years of loyalty to American Vogue and then this.”

An entertainment journalist – are people who write about entertainment really allowed to call themselves “journalists”? – named Nikki Finke wrote that “I’m loving the big backlash aimed at Anna Wintour for putting Kim Kardashian on Vogue cover.  Issue should come with barf bag.”

Actors Seth Rogen and James Franco had their heads superimposed on the cover photo of Kardashian and West.

And the list of unimpressive but apparently well-known people who expressed similar sentiments, and suggested that they’d cancel their magazine subscriptions, goes on.

A person could be forgiven for hoping that this apparently unforgiveable transgression could spell the beginning of the end for the Kardashian clan, which collectively is sort of the herpes of American popular culture, but The Curmudgeon suspects that such hopes are premature.  No matter what the transgression – the silly television programs, the fake marriage, the painfully whiny voices, the generally bad people getting filthy rich by allowing television cameras to follow them around and film their bad behavior – these people seem to survive and thrive.  The Curmudgeon suspects that America’s Worst Family will find a way to capitalize on this latest catastrophe and turn it into even greater riches because apparently, America’s love affair with such trailer trash knows no end.

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  • Barb  On March 24, 2014 at 12:04 pm

    I have to chuckle at the movement to stop reading Vogue. When does Kanye become more vapid than any of the other clothes hangers portrayed on their covers? I’m sure Kim and Kanye paid the magazine a small fortune to buy their cover – probably much more money than the issue will ever generate. Printed media is in trouble and many magazines are barely surviving. I think selling covers is a brilliant idea!

    • foureyedcurmudgeon  On March 24, 2014 at 1:03 pm

      The Curmudgeon must be naive: it never occurred to him that an individual (as opposed to a business) could or would buy a magazine cover. (Of course, Kimye could be considered a business, one supposes.) I disagree about the value to Vogue, though: I suspect sales will go through the roof because, as we’ve seen, bad Kardashian behavior so far has only spawned more Kardashian success.

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