I’ve been trying to stay out of the whole Khloe Kardashian/Lamar Odom thing that lately has been splashing itself across the gossip pages. The bottom line is that none of us actually have any idea what may or may not be going on in their marriage; and since it’s so difficult in this case to sort out the probably-not-true rumors from the elements of truth, it seemed wisest to stay the hell away.
But that was before I saw Radar Online refer to it as the “Khloe Kardashian Marriage Crisis.”
Missiles in Cuba? That is a crisis. The events in Iran that necessitated the Canadian Caper? Also a crisis. The state of the economy? Definitely a crisis. Heck, even Anthony Weiner’s wack-o exploits are a kind of crisis insofar as this very ill man could have ended up as the Mayor of New York City (which is not something I think ANYONE WHO LIVES HERE wanted). But the marital woes of a reality television couple? Decidedly NOT a crisis—or at least, not something that should be described as a “crisis” in a news headline. Even if it’s a gossip headline on Radar.
To be fair, it probably IS a crisis for Khloe and Lamar. I’m not trying to belittle their relationship troubles; it sucks that they’re going through something as bizarre-sounding as this, just as it would suck for ANYONE going through it. And like The Frisky’s Claire Hannum, I actually like Khloe and Lamar (as much as it’s possible to like a Kardashian relationship, that is). I don’t even watch their show—or any of the family’s shows—but I appreciate the fact that the way they’ve coped with the money and media machine that is the Kardashian family is to march to the beat of their own drummer within it. Part of me really, REALLY hopes that they work it out—and that if Lamar really does need treatment for substance abuse, he gets the help he needs for it.
But I also think that we need to stop treating it like it’s the end of the world. If they end up terminating their relationship, so be it—but whatever the case ends up being by the time it all shakes out, the universe is not going to explode because of it. Also, I’m absolutely POSITIVE that headlines like “Khloe Kardashian Marriage Crisis: Lamar Odom’s THIRD Mistress Comes Forward!” aren’t helping either Khloe OR Lamar (even if Kris Jenner is cackling with glee over the money that will likely roll in because of them).
Really, I’d love it if the whole reality TV thing would go the way of the dinosaurs; since that’s unlikely to happen, though, I’ll settle for the correct usage of the word “crisis.” Because seriously—enough is enough, amirite?
Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.