Whose Money Is It, Anyway?

If you’re a regular reader of my posts, you’ll know that I have no respect for any of the Kardashian litter, Kim, Khloe or Kourtney.  I’ve always said that the exploits of these three useless twits, the offspring of OJ’s now deceased attorney/friend, Robert Kardashian, is payback for his actions when he met with OJ after Nicole’s murder which resulted in the quick activation of his dormant legal status.

Like it or not, you have to recognize that they and their mother, Kris Jenner, have a huge impact on popular culture with television shows, clothing lines, perfumes, and over 14 million followers on Twitter.

Unless you’ve been living on another planet, you probably know that Kim became famous because of a sex tape ending up on the internet.  Other than her initial “exposure” (excuse the pun), courtesy of her ex-boyfriend, she became famous for absolutely no reason but has brilliantly elevated her “celebrity” to new heights and now heads a media empire and is worth approximately $35 million.

And if you’ve been on a grocery line this past week, you’ll also know that Kim just got engaged to Nets basketball player, Kris Humphries.  I don’t know anything about sports so I had no idea who he is, but I do know that the engagement ring that was given to Kim was a 20.5 carat diamond ring worth $2 million.

I’m a jewelry snob who loves beautiful diamonds and the ring is exquisite.

That being said, it’s amazing how many people have negatively commented about the cost of the ring.  Last week, Bill O’Reilly, on his Pinheads and Patriots segment, labeled Kim a “pinhead” for getting a $2 million engagement ring.  In his opinion, “Now, we believe in true love, but that seems to be a bit much. A $1 million ring would have been nice, and then you could have used the other million to help people who need assistance. Ms. Kardashian and Mr. Humphries are pinheads.”

Numerous comments echoed Mr. O’Reilly’s feelings.  “There are millions of people who are out of jobs who can’t make ends meet, and we have to hear about these people who never worked hard a day in their lives spending extravagantly like this?”

One person wrote, “[t]hat is the stupidest amount of money to waste on a ring.  If you can afford to pay $2,000,000.00 on a damn ring, you have TOO MUCH money and are TOO STUPID to do anything useful with it….THEREFORE, should not have it.  End of story.”

Well, I’m sure these comments are sincere but, hey, whose money was used to buy the ring?  Not tax dollars and not a government grant!  Who am I to question how someone else chooses to spend their money?  Whatever way they earned it, whether well-deserved or otherwise, it’s their money!

I wonder if the folks complaining about Kim’s engagement ring (other than O’Reilly who regularly opposes government waste) feel the same way about our government funding programs like Planned Parenthood, NPR, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting or wasting our tax dollars on ridiculous studies like $1.44 million to study male prostitutes in Vietnam; $823,200 to study genitalia washing in South Africa or $315,000 for a study suggesting playing Farmville on Facebook helps adults develop and maintain relationships.

The difference between the two is that Kim/Kris purchased the engagement ring with THEIR money.  Where’s the outrage when our government squanders hundreds of thousands of dollars to digitize Grateful Dead memorabilia or to analyze and understand the ways in which players of “World of Warcraft” engage in creative collaboration.   That’s OUR money being wasted!

When I hear that Kim or Kris are receiving welfare, tax credits which exceed their tax liability, Section 8 housing, or food stamps, which I pay for with my taxes, then I’ll have something to say.

In the meantime, they have the right to spend their money any way they want.  If they make any charitable contributions, fine; if not, it’s their choice.

I don’t get the public outcry about how celebrities spend their money nor do I get public apathy about how our government continues to extravagantly spend our tax dollars, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
  • chief98110

    Well I am a little behind in my reading due to my crazy work schedule but I am happy to have a job in this economy.
    I actually had no idea who these people were until recently and probably will not be sending them a Christmas card this year.
    That being said I have absolutely no problem with how they spend their money. In fact, I could do a somersault just on the fact they plan to get married.
    The more I hear about “celebrities” shacking up the more I try and distance myself from anything having to do with their lives. I want to extend my deepest congratulations to the couple for wanting to marry and I want to extend my best wishes to their future success and happiness.

  • Konrad Lau

    I am no fan of professional sports; however, I do know that to say a professional basketball player”… never worked hard a day…” is just plain pin-headed.

    The whole uproar sounds loaded with sour grapes to me.

  • Roger Ward

    Of course, you’re correct …. on all counts. The Kardashians’ activities are unworthy of comment, Bill O’Reilly’s comments are uncalled for, and Humphries has the right to spend any amount of his own money in whatever manner he chooses.

    I just wish that the little people could work up a sense of righteous indignation about those things that are actually their business: the excessively high tax rates and profligate, wasteful spending by tax-and-spend liberals would be a good place to start.

  • Ron

    I don’t know if there was a public outcry about the cost of the ring. My guess is most people don’t know about the ring and if they do, they don’t care. I did not know about it until I read this article. We only hear from the people who objected to it. We do not hear from the people who don’t care about it. I also don’t think that because someone is outraged about this, they are not outraged by government spending. Bill O’reilly was outraged by it and he is against government spending. The other people might be like him and just don’t express it or maybe they are the same commentators who are outraged by the spending.

  • JDO

    With you on this one. Other than the fact that I personally think giant jewelry like that just looks tacky, no matter how expensive or well made, who cares what Mr. Humphries and Ms. Kardashian give each other?

    Who “gave” them the money they have? Nets fans. NBA fans. Kardashian clothing (or whatever, I have no idea what she endorses or sells other than herself) fans. If you are any of these, then chances are you aren’t complaining about the cost of the ring … or, at the very least, you shouldn’t be complaining about it.

    Is it ridiculous that a tiny (so to speak) piece of jewelry could “pay” for a month of food for a starving village/town/etc? Sure, but, again, that’s up the people involved. Now if Ms. Kardashan came on TV in a PSA and urged people to donate to, let’s say, the tornado victims in the Midwest, and we found out that she donated absolutely nothing (except her time in making that PSA) then, yeah, unleash the moral outrage. Other than that, who freakin’ cares? Turn off the TV or your computer and stop paying attention to the Kardashians. Jeez.