Overheard on CNN.com: No love for reality TV stars
Reality stars like Kim Kardashian, center, aren't always embraced by the public.
August 17th, 2011
04:55 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: No love for reality TV stars

Comment of the day:

"Yet another good-looking person famous for being a celebrity. Remember back when Americans used to idolize genuine heroes? Now we make fake idols heroes. What an empty, directionless country we've become.” - isolate

Kim K.’s getting hitched

Reality TV star Kim Kardashian’s upcoming marriage to NBA player Kris Humphries on August 20 is creating a media circus. People magazine is reportedly paying between $300,000 and $1 million for exclusive pictures of the wedding, and a four-hour-long TV special will air on E! (in two parts) on October 9-10 showcasing the nuptials.

CNN.com’s story about the hoopla drew serious ire from readers.

luckydakota said, “What a sad comment on the state of America when we idolize someone like Kim and her dysfunctional family.”

MatiValhalla said, “A quick anagram of Kardashian = "A Kinda Rash."

jag68 said, “Why is it being called Wedding of the Year (as in another)? Nothing compared to the Royal wedding.”

suzannet79 said, “Can someone just come up with one reason this girl is famous, I should care about her, she is worth a news article or should be compared to someone who is going to be an important part of world leadership?”

EastCoastMM responded, “She's smoking hot?”

JMK95 said, “It's getting so bad that when you look up 'famewhore' in the dictionary you have to pay to see her picture.”

BlameMe responded, “The press makes them famous by chasing them. It's NOT the other way around as most might tend to think. She is capitalizing on what she has. If we all had that opportunity, most would do same. Only the slow ones would do otherwise. It's the world we live in. Playing nice doesn't fetch you anything. While she's young and can make the money, let her do it. Quit hating!”

YodarCritch said, “I honestly wish her all the best in life, but I have to admit that even after reading her Wikipedia page, I am still not understanding what she is famous for originally? Was her initial notoriety because of her relationship with her sisters? In any case, I hope her marriage is a happy one.”

birdman9999 said, “FYI, Kim is NOT the people’s princess as was stated. The media pushes this garbage down our throats then thinks we all enjoy it. WE DO NOT! Will somebody do a Gallop Poll please!”

bzscorpio said, “Kim is hardly 'our people's princess'. She is famous for being famous, and nothing more. She has done nothing productive with her life to warrant the fame and attention she receives. She is a product of so-called 'reality' television and the fact that she can command $50,000 for a simple wedding photo shows how stupid a lot of people are.”

But teapartyruIe said, “Kim K is the bomb. All you people hatin' are just that haters!”

And bigkevy1 said, “She is one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen. There are very few of them out there. Oh yeah you can say many women look amazing, but I'm talking face and body not just the body.”

The Situation’s wardrobe decision

Clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch (ANF) said it would offer “substantial payment" to the cast of MTV's "The Jersey Shore," specifically Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, to stop wearing the brand on air. In a statement, the company says it's “deeply concerned that Mr. Sorrentino's association with our brand could cause significant damage to our image.”
CNN.com readers mainly sided with Abercrombie & Fitch:

Koodz said, “I don't blame them. I wouldn't want a bunch of greasy orange [people] wearing my brand either. Let them keep their juvenile Ed Hardy collections though, Snookie + Ed Hardy = Baby seal in an oil spill. It's almost cute.”

DoofusMeTooA&F said, “Questioning the morality of those on Jersey Shore is like the kettle calling the oven black!”

elazul2k said, “You know this show is bad when someone is willing to PAY YOU to not use their products.”

megan03 said, “Finally … someone to call out a Jersey Shore character for being too trashy to be associated with. Why the Italian-American Society hasn't repudiated this bunch is a mystery. They are a disgrace to Jersey and Italians.”

Tommy Lincoln said, “A + F needs to wake up. The individuals that are on this show are 90 percent of their market. Do something better with your money.”

tom n said, “I wish A&F would pay me not to wear their brand. I've been not wearing their crappy overpriced clothes for years. And the Jersey Shore cast aren't representative of all Italians or even all Jersey Italians. Because these kids say and do stupid things, people overlook the positive things about them. They have good family values. They love and miss their families while they are away and taping. So yes, stupid and immature people, but not bad people. A&F is stupid for not wanting the free advertising.”

Learning to say “I don’t know”

Penn Jillette, a writer, television host and half of the Emmy Award-winning magic duo Penn & Teller, contributed a column to CNN.com about how little he knows — and how that makes him an atheist and a libertarian.

CNN.com readers mainly appreciated his candor, while others defended their religious and political beliefs.

scottpigeon said, “Penn Jillette is awesome. I too am an atheist libertarian. Reason, logic, science, self-ownership, the non-aggression principle ... it's just right.”

inyourhead00 responded, “It's pretty pathetic of you to assume that a religious person cannot be reasonable, logical, have interest in science, display self-ownership and non-aggression.”

Guest said, “I'm less interested in Penn's religious non-belief than his rather illogical argument regarding being a libertarian. It appears he is advocating for no taxes and no government. By the sound of it, he is more an anarchist than a libertarian. It seems that although he has no answer to hunger in America, he doesn't like the government stepping in to help out. What is it Penn? Since you don't have the answer, we just let the people starve?”

domodamonte said, “’I don't know’ justifies atheism, or at least agnosticism since atheism is the belief that there is no god. ‘I don't know’ is not a good basis for libertarianism. There are things we do know. For instance, a higher quality of life can be achieved by all if there is a more equal distribution of the earth’s resources. Why is it wrong to apply things we know to end human suffering?

Pamharris said, “Why do Christians always get so worked up because someone doesn't believe in God?”

CubanMom responded, “I am a Christian, I do not get worked-up. You are welcome to believe or not.”

grainger78 said, “I'm a Christian and I don't get worked up. No matter what people believe there are some who get worked up. Atheists get worked up because people believe in God. Christians get worked up because people don't. Muslims get worked up because someone doesn't say Allah. It's just people, it's how they are.”

whiteraven said, “This is one of the smarter opinion pieces I've seen on CNN. I especially approve of him stating that Government is force. Exactly correct.”

Guest responded, “That is a one dimensional description of government, which is typical of most of Penn's comments. Government is also the heroes who save those hit by a natural disaster, terrorist attack, disease, etc. Believe it or not, government is all of us, and is as varied and complex as all of us. And unfortunately, even for us, force is sometimes necessary, especially in the case of self defense.”

Obama on "The Situation Room"

During his Midwest bus tour, President Obama took some time to talk to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. During the interview, he said he will be "accountable" for the economy, but he blasted GOP cost-control plans. He also said he's not thinking much about possible GOP opponents.
Despite the challenges facing the U.S., many CNN.com readers say they still support the president.

dawgs4ever said, “As a Republican, I'm glad that Obama is focusing on his job rather than the election. I also don't blame him for being dismissive of GOP hopefuls. Frankly, so long as we Republicans allow people like Bachmann, Perry and Palin to even allow their names to be mentioned as presidential hopefuls, we're only embarrassing ourselves. They're all a joke. The Republican Party has lost its sense. The only person even remotely qualified is Romney, and I'm not even 100 percent sold on him. We need to stop letting the 10 percent most conservative Republicans dictate the social policies of the Republican Party.”

Charagon said, “Teabaggers: ‘OMG! The firefighter we handcuffed to a tree isn't putting out the fire fast enough! Let's get rid of him and put the arsonist in charge!’ "

HumanSapian said, “It’s really incredible how people go out of their way to ‘invent’ an excuse to talk trash about OUR president. The Republicans have made it IMPOSSIBLE for him or ANY president for that matter to do anything at all. How can ANYONE be a good president when congress doesn't even let you be the president?”

cw1966 said, “I, and millions of Americans, stand with you Mr. President. We won’t let you down. We understand this is a hard, long road to fight and we didn't get into this mess overnight and we know it will take time to get this country back on track. And, unlike others, we believe you are the one to lead this great nation.”

dan5404 said, “I am well-versed in the politics of both parties, and long ago decided that the history of the Republican Party in general is not for anyone who believes in true fairness and compassion. Especially the new Tea Party-led Republicans. They are dangerous to America.”

Animosity said, “Obama isn't perfect, but honestly, I trust him a hell of a lot more than those loony GOP candidates we have running now. No, really. You have an ultra-Christian lady who tries to "pray away the gay", a religious Texan who believes God will guide him through his presidency, and a guy who thinks that rape victims shouldn't be allowed to get abortions. I'd take three Obamas over one Perry, Bachmann, or Santorum any day.”

Do you feel your views align with these commenters' thoughts? Post a comment below or sound off on video

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (44 Responses)
  1. Jeff Frank ( R - Ohio ) "Kim Who?"

    The public don't always embrace Kim Kardashian? They don't always embrace the pit bull down my street neither.

    August 17, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scottish Mama

      @Jeff-long time no see you here. Hows Ohio in the republicans on parade? Any lookers that appeal to ya? Rattlesnakes are a handful too.lol

      August 18, 2011 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Scottish Mama

    I do not watch their lives, I have my own. I find them non-celebs and they have nothing of value to offer the world. Mags are stupid to pay someone so much money to see there wedding. Selling of the private events in ones life is shallow and demeans the memory of the moment. We wonder why our society is sick, this is a symptom of a much larger issue in america for the need of some real life heroes.

    August 18, 2011 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    Go' morron till allihop! Her name is Amanda Seyfried, @just a thought, she's an up & coming actress! In my estimation as a society we have put too much emphasis on fame! Like the Lady Gaga CD "the Fame Monster," what was born in the late19th- early- 20th centuries, as a fledgling "cute lil bunny" business, has by now grown to "Jabba the Hut"proportions, equally as ugly, demanding & arrogant! I think even Real C-lebs such as actors & athletes are disproportionately rewarded compared to their real life contributions! Are they teaching your kids the education they need as the foundation for life, are they discovering a new medicine that can change life for millions,are they perfoming lifesaving surgery? No, they entertain us with their wit, insight & admirable skill, but their compensation is off the chain! Even us working folk perform jobs that have more importance to the continuation of our lives & general comfort! "Reality stars" are the accident & we're the "rubber neckers"& thats my take on that "biz"!!

    August 18, 2011 at 8:33 am | Report abuse |
  4. Info

    Someone on here said Kim Kardashian was famous for being famous, but she has less talent than that. Her daddy was one of OJ's lawyers and Kim was friends with Paris Hilton. Paris leaked a schmex tape to get famous and so did Kim. That's it.. No skill other than taking Ray J's dick.. lol

    August 18, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. pmk1953

    Kim is famous for the same reason Linda Lovelace was. A BJ that was released to the public.

    August 18, 2011 at 9:55 am | Report abuse |
  6. astuartgirl

    " I find them non-celebs and they have nothing of value to offer the world."

    I was not aware that celebs added value to the world other than entertainment which seems to be what the "non-celebs" do as well.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    @pmk1953:
    I agree.
    Her father dies, and she releases a schmex tape.
    She has Paris to thank for the idea.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. MollyBee

    The real tragedy is the impact these fake "heros" have on our American young women. Take a look at what your daughter may be modeling: fake this, fake that on the outside and nothing inside. A travesty, really.

    August 18, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  9. Semper Fidelis

    The people who are drawn to non-celebrities have no lives of their own. Why do they feel the need to leech off other people?
    Unfortunately, it seems as though Americans worship at the feet of plastic faces, fake boobs and unnatural body shaping.
    Many of these celebs need an old photo to remind them what they actually LOOK like.

    At the end of the day we all go the same way. I'm proud of my laughter lines and the wrinkles – they are evidence of a life well lived. A mix of sorrow and joy.

    August 18, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ModernMan

    Amazing information. When you have a chance, check out Celebrity Peeks for the latest scandalous celebrity photos.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Raief

    Kim K is nothing more than a glamor hog. It is fine for her because she is capitalizing on it, which is the American way. Nothing wrong with that.

    If people are so in need of entertainment that they have to indulge in Reality TV and focus on others like Kim then so be it. It is the way of the world, in a world that is sliding further and further toward global depression people need their escapism's.

    i just don't understand it in a personal way. She does nothing for me except make me want to change channels, or turn off the Television set.

    I am not attracted to women that have more hair on their face and body than I do, even if they have it removed. And I tend to like my ladies on the thinner side in places that Kim is not. Just my personal preferences, not a standard that I would hold anyone else to. I know that it takes all kinds to make this world a wonderful and interesting place to reside.

    August 22, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  12. JS

    There's no real love for CNN 'reporters' either. Most wouldn't know what journalism is if it bit them on the behind.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
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