Saturday, March 22, 2014
Cancel your subscription to me if you want, but I think putting Kim Kardashian and Kanye West on the April cover of Vogue is the most interesting move the magazine has made in a long time.
This is a much more newsworthy choice than, say, an actress who is shilling her next movie. (Did anyone get this excited about Jessica Chastain’s December cover?) Love them or loathe them, the Kardashian family is an undeniable pop culture phenomenon. Kanye is a jackass, but an interesting jackass and always an entertaining interview. He loves fashion even when fashion doesn’t love him, and I’ve been fascinated by how he dresses up Kim as if she were some kind of doll/art project; there’s something very Warholian about it.
If we can’t go back to models on American fashion magazine covers, as I would prefer, I’m in favor of Anna Wintour continuing to troll everyone this year. First Lena Dunham, now Kimye! So go ahead and FLOUNCE! Keep threatening to cancel your subscriptions (I wonder how many threats come from people without subscriptions) like Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Anna is probably laughing her wig-hat off at the outrage. Or maybe rubbing her hands together, saying, “Good … good,” in an ominous way like that big bug on Family Guy.
I’ve seen this when I’ve organized events. It doesn’t matter how people feel about the guest speaker. It matters how strongly they feel. Love/hate … it’s all the same. Either emotion is compelling. It’s indifference that’s a problem. I don’t believe for one second that Sarah Michelle Gellar will be able to turn away from that issue of Vogue when she’s getting her pedicure. C’mon, admit it. If you see that magazine lying out somewhere, won’t you have to peek inside just to confirm how terrible it is? Anna wins!