The baby news I didn’t want to hear

The way they announced it was wrong on so many levels. Tactless. But then, they’ve never been known for their subtlety.

I don’t know about you (and it’s a terrible thing to say about any pregnancy) but I’m totally unmoved by the news that Kim Kardashian is having her second baby.

I can’t even bring myself to post a picture of the happy couple.

Announcing your pregnancy on the season finale of your show – Keeping Up With the Kardashians – might be a guaranteed publicity generator, but announcing it to your sister who has fertility issues while the cameras roll … hmmmmm.

Reality TV has a lot to answer for …

Way back when I was a weekly mag hag we rolled our eyes about the Kardashians. Everyone from staff to readers bitched about how much they couldn’t stand them, but they were a sure-fire way to snatch mag sales.


Because, while people moan they hate them, they lap up every word. And as much as they express their horror that a toddler is wearing a Balmain couture ballet outfit and jacket (North, above), they don’t unfollow Kim on Instagram. They just keep on gawping.

I watched an episode of that Kardashian show once, while I was stuck in a hotel room waiting for my ex to finish work and take me out for a desultory birthday dinner, and I really didn’t get what all the fuss was about.

Who are those people and why does everyone care so much?

It’s nuts.

Although it was slightly cheering to read all the “wot-evah!” comments on the kidspot story on the new bub: everything from “who cares” to “ugh! Will they ever go away!?!?”

No, I don’t think they will.


And then there’s Bruce – now Caitlyn – Jenner’s cover shoot for Vanity Fair. The photos that accompany the story show her in two long gold gowns, a long off-the-shoulder mermaid dress, a lace corset, a tight long sleeve V-neck dress and a red long sleeve dress.

But she insists it’s not about publicity.

”Oh, she’s doing a stupid reality show. She’s doing it for the money. She’s doing this, she’s doing that.” said Caitlyn of her detractors objections.

“I’m not doing it for money. I’m doing it to help my soul and help other people.

“If I can make a dollar, I certainly am not stupid. [I have] house payments and all that kind of stuff. I will never make an excuse for something like that. Yeah, this is a business. You don’t go out and change your gender for a television show. OK, it ain’t happening. I don’t care who you are.”

Many moons ago, when I gave speeches about being a weekly magazine editor, I’d tell people that celebrity gossip had replaced back-fence nattering. Neighbours no longer discuss who the local butcher is boffing, everyone leads such busy, hived off lives that our community has become disjointed. So people turn to celebrities for their chit-chat currency in social situations.

Dinner parties, school playgrounds, sidelines at kids’ soccer matches … Kim having a baby (and Bruce becoming Caitlyn) is a talking point.

It’s a bit sad when we should be discussing ways to get marriage equality on the agenda or solving the detention centre crisis … and I know those things DO get discussed … but not as much as that bloody reality family.

I’m a terrible one to talk, since I peddle celebrity faff for a living – and am giving the dreaded Kardashians more airspace as I type – but I do wonder at society’s desire to make people famous for no good reason.


And then, a minute later, I’ll find myself going naaaawwww at a pic David Beckham has posted of teaching daughter Harper to ride a bike, captioned: “Look at my big girl. Day One – No stabilizers ❤️”

Mind you, I love what Kerri Sackville had to say about Caitlyn Jenner on Facebook this morning: “I have never understood the point of the Kardashians. I have never watched even one episode of their show.  And yet now I can’t help wondering if, in some cosmic way, THIS was the point. This was what it all led up to. A way for this woman, Caitlyn Jenner, to actually change the world.”

Song of the day: Bros “When will I be famous”






5 thoughts on “The baby news I didn’t want to hear

  1. Theres me starting to explain who bruce jenner is to the kids – the 10 events of the decathlon, cant stop the music, etc… Amber says ‘yeah i know who he is, our class is having a competition amongst ourselves about who can keep a pic of bruce jenner as their screensaver the longest…’

    • That’s a bit funny! Yeah, I was just telling the girls in the office that for me Bruce will always be the guy in the little shorts in Can’t Stop The Music

  2. Honestly I don’t think I’d recognise any of them if they bit me on the ankle. The girls all look like clones. Good on Bruce/Caitlyn though. I had a Uni lecturer that did what he’s done about ten years ago. I applaud their bravery.

  3. I’ve never understood why anyone cares about someone that they don’t know who has nothing notable to them apart from an enormous derriere that can be used to balance a champagne glass. Maybe if she could sing?

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