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The gulf the Kardashians have created helps explain the glee around their latest drama

‘Why do you guys keep enjoying other people’s pain?’

EARLIER THIS WEEK, it emerged that Khloé Kardashian’s on-again/off-again partner, Tristan Thompson, had cheated on her with Jordyn Woods, the best friend of Khloé’s younger sister, Kylie Jenner.

And for every report published on the latest Kardashian/ Jenner scandal, there is a meme, a Twitter post or an Instagram comment appearing to revel in it.

Commenting on the response the reports have had online, Cardi B questioned why the demise of a relationship is being treated with such scant regard.

“I’m seeing this whole Khloé Kardashian thing and everybody is celebrating that that happened to her and it’s like why?” she asked her Instagram followers. 

I know the Kardashians have done f*cked up sh*t before and everything, but the thing is, I think karma got to them. You know, the last situation happened to Shorty before the day she gave birth. I feel like, you know, whatever karma they deserve, I think they already have it.

“Why do you guys keep wishing that on a woman, especially a woman with a daughter? Why do we wish that on one another?”

Focussing on the role women have played in the online response, she continued: “Why do you be happy off of that? Why do you guys keep enjoying other people’s pain? Other people’s misery? It’s just so sad.”

In essence, the rapper is asking why there is less regard for the individuals at the centre of the latest storm than there is for the drama born of it or, in other words, what’s the reason behind the distinct lack of empathy evidenced online.

Well, it’s highly likely that the reason behind it is due to the life the family have built for themselves.

Over the last 12 years, 16 seasons and multiple spin-off shows, they themselves have created that very gulf.

By portraying their lives in much the same way as a soap opera, with teasers, weekly installments and cliffhangers, it’s hardly surprising that the public experience a distinct disconnect.

It’s difficult to summon genuine sympathy when you’re aware that the family have willingly traded and openly profited off their trials and tribulations for more than a decade.

It’s not easy to extend and display empathy when past experience has led the public to believe that every scandal could have been carefully orchestrated and perfectly manipulated by those at its centre.

And while the family have long since insisted that the ups and downs of their family life are wholly authentic, their approach to these situations has ultimately desensitised those viewing.

Right or wrong; many members of the public have adjusted their perspective on human relations when it comes to the Kardashian/Jenner dynasty because the last 12 years has taught them to do so.

On paper, the latest situation warrants considerable sympathy – something few people would disagree with. However, with so many people believing that the paper in this instance is a Kardashian script, sympathy seems harder to summon.

Those ‘revelling’ aren’t celebrating the demise of a relationship or the end of a friendship through a ‘normal’ lens, they’re simply buckling up for the latest episode in a real-life soap opera; a soap opera of the family’s own making.

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Niamh McClelland

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