In an ideal world IMDb bios would be eligible for Pulitzers and I would have a vote. Using said vote I would nominate Jon C. Hopwood’s Kim Kardashian smackdown for the inaugural “This Shit’s Amazing!” Pulitzer. So what such a category doesn’t exist! This bio feels like a significant achievement in online writing to me.
What sets Hopwood’s Kardashian mini-bio apart is how gloriously jarring it is relative to other IMDb bios (i.e., puff pieces). Hopwood writes with an indignant flair. His words had me hooting and howling on the inside. I couldn’t laugh on the outside. I would have had to explain to my coworkers why I was reading Kim Kardashian’s IMDb bio at work, and that would have been awkward.
Kim Kardashian is emblematic of the shallowness of American culture in the first two decades of the new millennium. While some cultural critics call her the prime avatar of the “famous for being famous” faux celebrity crowd, she along with Paris Hilton is a new breed of cat whose celebrity comes from the release of a sex tape and the canny exploitation of the resulting publicity. Like her good friend Miss Hilton (their relationship predates Kim’s “celebrity”, Kardashian is possessed of photogenic good looks but is short of any other discernible talents outside of the bedroom. Both expanded their celebrity by becoming reality TV “stars”.