Are You “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”? When Does Celebrity Gossip Cross a Boundary?

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BY: LYDIA WIGHT

Staff Reporter   

Do you like reading about celebrity gossip? Do you think celebrity news affects a lot on how we perceive our world today?

Recently, ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ became a difficult task after news broke that sisters Kylie Jenner and Khloe Kardashian were pregnant.

In addition, Kim Kardashian is also expecting a child via surrogate, according to CNN.

Jenner’s pregnancy came as the biggest surprise to some consumers of pop-culture. Jenner is only 20, making her the baby of the family.

“Kylie is 20, so it’s not like she’s too young to care for a baby,” said senior Laurel Mason. “I feel like society still views her as some little girl. She’s still young, but she has her own business and house and she supports herself. Kylie is honestly doing better than your average 20 year old.”

In Dec. 2015, Jenner told Elle Magazine that she would delete her Instagram account if she had a child. This would mean that she would lose over 98 million followers.

“Kylie always said she wanted to be a young mom,” said senior Brooke Lopez. “I watched her TV show ‘Life of Kylie’ and she seems depressed and under pressure to constantly maintain public image. I am happy for her, because she might turn her life around by deleting Instagram.”

Only a few days after Jenner’s pregnancy news, her sister Khloe Kardashian was also reported as pregnant. Kardashian is 33 years old and has struggled with infertility issues in the past.

The father is assumed to be her NBA boyfriend Tristan Thompson, according to People Magazine.

“I think the world would agree that she would be a very fun and nurturing mom, because she does so well with her nieces and nephews,” said Mason. “She deserves children of her own.”

CNN states that rapper Travis Scott is most likely the father of Kylie Jenner’s child. Scott has been Jenner’s boyfriend for 5 months, which is the expected length of her pregnancy.

However, Jenner has been in an on-and-off relationship with rapper Tyga since 2014.

“I’m interested to see who the confirmed father is, because I honestly thought Kylie was still with Tyga,” said senior Mackenzie Page. “They’ve been on-and-off for so long, it could be his child.”

However, some students feel that most celebrity drama is just for publicity.

“Everything that the Kardashians do is a media stunt,” said senior Mckenzie Degroot. “I wouldn’t be surprised if this was just a lie to promote their show or their products. In life, there are more important things than worrying about which Kardashian/Jenner is dating who.”

Some people doubt that the pregnancies are true, because they were reported only by sources close to the family, according to Buzzfeed.

“I think that celebrity news is not helpful to us as a society because it tells a lot of lies about celebrity drama and people are always so quick to believe that,” saod senior Amanda Hawkins.

Neither of the pregnancies have been confirmed or denied by Khloe Kardashian, Kylie Jenner or either of the two assumed fathers.

“I think it’s entertaining, because Travis Scott bashed Tyga to begin with and it looks like he’s rubbing it in a lot,” said senior Nick Napoli. “I like Travis Scott better as a rapper, but I liked Tyga better with the family.”

This would be the first child of both Khloe Kardashian and Kylie Jenner.

However, it seems as if celebrity drama tends to overshadow important news events, due to the nature of the gossip and how quickly it spreads.

“People in Puerto Rico are currently without power, and we’re over here worrying about the alleged pregnancies of celebrities,” said Lopez.

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