In case you missed it, Khloe Kardashian – a 33-year-old woman who is days, if not hours away from giving birth to her first child – orchestrated the release of the cheating scandal that is now encircling her, her unborn baby, and disgraced partner Tristan Thompson.
Well, that’s the conspiracy theory some journalists and publications are pushing, anyway.
It took precisely 24 hours before videos of Thompson – one part pro basketballer, one part disgusting douchelord – kissing other women were contorted into something else: A PR exercise! A desperate publicity grab! A carefully-timed chess move from the world’s most famous reality TV family!
The value of this story is at its peak right now, cynics say. Some of these videos are months old, so the Kardashians must have their hands all over it, and its timing.
There was this, according to The Cut‘s Allie Jones:
The seemingly coordinated evidence-drop on TMZ and the other sites suggests to me, however, that the Kardashians arranged for the story to go public.
This, from Brooke Marine at W Magazine:
While there is technically no way of knowing for sure who leaked the security footage of Thompson making out with three women in a Washington, D.C., hookah lounge to TMZ, it is suspicious that the footage was held by the site and released almost exactly six months later, perfectly timed to the leadup to the birth of Kardashian’s first child.
With the articles have come ruthless memes, telling us this story and its desperately unfortunate timing simply must be a stunt, because “the devil works hard but not harder than Kris Jenner.”
Speculation that the Kardashians will go to incredible lengths to put their family in their limelight has been rife for years. That speculation, in almost every other instance, has fallen firmly in the bounds of critical and clever. After all, one family does not maintain their relevancy without meticulously oiling the invisible cogs of their PR machinery. Analysis of celebrity culture and the machinations of fame is important. Analysis of the Kardashians is like a much-needed splash of cold water to the face: This family is clever. And they are strategic. It’s good for us to be reminded of that.