Is the Kardashian Curse really real? Plus Kanye West may face some stiff competition from Kris Jenner on controlling their growing family.
As Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have announced they are expecting, fans have begun to worry that Kanye’s image will now fall under the infamous family’s curse.
Apparently, there is scientific evidence that dating or marrying a Kardashian sister is bad for a star’s image. Stephen Master, the SVP of Sports for Nielsen (which measures everything from a star’s individual popularity to TV show ratings) measured the “N-Score,” a formula that tallies an athlete’s popularity, of men who dated or married a Kardashian sister. It was discovered that the three sports players (Lamar Odom, Kris Humphries and Reggie Bush) who were involved with them experienced a dramatic dive in the public’s perception.
The effect has been dubbed the “Kardashian Curse.”
Outside of Reggie Bush, there weren’t many folks who were checking for Odom or Humphries. The former LA Laker and winner of the Sixth Man of Year award was at least known in the sports world; but Humphries wasn’t even widely known to die-hard basketball fans. So while each man’s image may have taken a hit in the court of public opinion, at least they were finally relevant to the public-at-large. As they say in Hollywood, ‘there is no such thing as bad press.’
For Kanye, the Kardahsian curse cannot hurt his image more than his reported diva-like attitude. The mega star’s hi-jinx have included hijacking a live broadcast during the Katrina Hurricane relief efforts to alert the nation that ‘President Bush doesn’t care about Black people;” flipping out after various music awards shows for not winning the awards he thought he deserved and a slew of other actions that have tainted his image far worse than the Kardashian curse ever could.
If the N-score ratings for the others who have dated Kardashian sisters is any indication, then Kanye can expect the fan base he does carry to begin to see him in a negative light.
Somehow, though, it’s doubtful that he would even care.
Mr. West appear thrilled about becoming a father, having announced Kim’s pregnancy at a live show in Atlantic City on New Year’s Eve. Rumors are swirling that Kris Jenner, Kim’s overbearing ‘mom-ager’ is happy for the couple, but wanted them to sell the news of their pregnancy to the highest bidder.
Oh, that Kris Jenner is always looking out for number one – herself.
Because Kanye announced it to fans for free (gasp!), it’s reported that Kris now wants to take control as the couple’s publicist in order to do what she does best…pimp out her family for maximum profit.
However, Kanye is much too much of a control freak to allow Kim’s mother free rein in how this pregnancy plays out in public. In an episode of ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ it was shown that the ‘Watch the Throne’ rapper completely overhauled Kim’s closet. And he reportedly chooses her clothes for public appearances and even directs her clothing choices for their dates. With Kanye commanding that type of control over Kim, there’s no telling just how nasty a power struggle would be between Kanye and Kris Jenner.
Seeing as Kanye West is not afraid to be the outcast in society, it’s doubtful that he’d care about being the outcast in the Kardashian family. Fans and haters alike will no doubt be fascinated to see not only how the Kardashian curse will play out for Kanye; but how his relationship with Kim’s control-wielding mother Kris Jenner will unfold as well.