Facebook users have gone posting rants about Kim Kardashian a couple of weeks ago to calling for the E! channel to take her entire clan off the air.
The page Boycott the Kardashians, which features a cartoon illustration of the Kardashian women as horror-film-like witch-ish puppets on strings, has amassed 42,248 fans as of this writing, and another 637 Facebook users are currently talking about it.
A post on the wall directs fans to the online petition, which the wall update reads is getting “hit hard,” so “please be patient.”
Organized by Cyndy Snider, the petition reads:
In a grass roots effort, we have collected signatures for a petition asking E! Entertainment to remove the Kardashian suite of shows from their programming. We feel that these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption.
As reported by Reuters, the petition appeared on November 2nd shortly after Kim announced her divorce from NBA’s Kris Humphries, and has collected some 150,000 signatures.
That face so many love to hate will also soon be unavoidable, playing front and center on Marie Claire‘s December issue.
That doesn’t mean that the E! Entertainment won’t pull the show, although a response to the outcry has yet to appear on the cable channel’s Facebook page.
Meanwhile, we’d like to point out that no one is being forced to watch any of the Kardashians’ reality shows, which include “Keeping Up With The Kardashians” and “Kourtney and Kim Take New York.”
If people didn’t watch the Kardashian shows, they would eventually disappear from cable programming. Throngs of viewers, however, are glued to their sets. What’s more, posting about the brood on Facebook may have the opposite of the desired effect: the controversy will attract audiences.
People have pointed to the Kardashians as the final straw in viewers’ disappointment with reality television, but as long as these shows keep attracting watchers and getting good ratings television programming executives have no reason to change their strategies.
Readers, what have your friends been posting about the Kardashians on Facebook?