Reality TV personality Kim Kardashian recently stated in an interview with V Magazine that she has admirations of being the first reality TV star to receive an honor on theHollywood Walk of Fame, placing her name among icons such as Meryl Streap, Michael Jackson, and Mickey Mouse.
I think there was a quote where somebody said that reality stars will never get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. So, of course I’m so competitive that I think that it would be a huge achievement and a goal that anyone would want. I would love to break that mold.
It didn’t take long before the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce replied to Kardashian’s request with a nicely worded HELL NO.
She has not been nominated. She is a reality star. We don’t do reality stars. She needs to get a real acting job then come to us.
The response does not come as a surprise to those who know what it takes be amongst the 2,400 Walk of Fame honorees, including having made a significant contribution to the motion picture, broadcast television, audio recording (music), broadcast radio, and/or theatre industries. Has Kardashian made that contribution? No. A starring role in the 2008 epic failure Disaster Movie does not earn you a spot next to an Oscar winner like Kardashian’s idol Elizabeth Taylor, and her upcoming role in Tyler Perry‘s The Marriage Counselorprobably won’t help her case either. An internet single titled “Jam” which was panned by critics and barely received air play does promise you a star next to a music legend likeElton John. So, you would think her only valid argument would be her work in television, right? Not so fast.
When you look at all of the television stars that are among those honored on the Walk of Fame, you see names of talented, hard working individuals. Bill Cosby, an accomplished comedian and star of the groundbreakingThe Cosby Show, has been honored with a star. Lucille Ball, star of the iconic sitcom I Love Lucy and the first female to head a major production studio also has a star.Carroll O’Connor, too, has a star on the walk of fame for his television contributions, most notably for his portrayal of the bigoted yet hilarious Archie Bunker on All In The Family. Although the E!’s Keeping Up With The Kardashians has made a major splash in pop culture, the factor that plays into the success of reality shows hinder Kim, her family, and other reality star’s credibility when it comes to being awarded with the Hollywood elite: They don’t have a talent.
Despite the fact that reality TV has become the most watched genre on television, it is considered one of the lowest forms of stardom, ranging from B to C- list status and while it can make an individual “popular” that same star doesn’t receive much “respect” among other talented entertainers. A reality tv star like Snooki may be popular, but the severe lack of talent prevents her from being a serious Hollywood actress, and now that MTV has announced the final season of Jersey Shore, she and her housemates will soon be forgotten. Ever notice how Kim Kardashian has appeared on the cover of almost every major fashion magazine except for US Vogue? That’s because Anna Wintour doesn’t have time for cheap stardom. Did people take Heidi Montag‘s music career seriously? Her album sold less than 1,000 in its debut week.
Taking the escalator to fame has a negative long term effect than taking the stairs. Reality TV fame is usually very short lived and limited. Just ask Paris Hilton who became a “superstar” from her reality show The Simple Life in 2004 yet now is low of the radar in 2012, despite being featured in a few movies and releasing a couple of singles that were quickly forgotten. After a while, watching someone without a talent becomes very boring, and if you don’t have anything to bring to the table, you’ll be forgotten. It’s not like we’re excited for their next great movie, waiting patiently for them to release a new song, or making a trip to New York City to see them on Broadway. We’re watching them live their lives on TV and talent is not a requirement. Sometimes we see them attempt a new entertainment project not because music or acting is their passion, but because they simply can off of their TV fame. Those very projects usually end up forgotten and severely mocked. No talent + no significant contributions to the entertainment industry + no awards or recognition = no respect.
The day Hollywood becomes desperate will be the day a highly rated reality series is valued more than a critically acclaimed scripted TV series, but until then, don’t hold your breath for an Emmy Award nomination, cemented handprints at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, or a Star on the Walk of Fame for your favorite reality tv stars.