The prestigious Commonwealth Club of California, which touts itself as the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum and has played host to such luminaries as Martin Luther King, Jr., Bill Gates and FDR, among many, many others, offered up Kim Kardashian West on its program in San Francisco the other week. Yes. There, among topics such as Ebola and the Evacuation of the Peace Corps in Guinea, adjacent to the promo for the appearance of the former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. was the promo for Kim Kardashian West Live! Exclamation point and all.
Tickets ranged from $50 to $220 the day of the event.
The topic was the objectivization of women.
I was … speechless.
That woman’s objectivization was the entire PURPOSE of releasing her sex tape. Did she want to be known for her intellectual capabilities?
Her business acumen?
She WANTED to be famous by being objectified and that intimate tape was her vehicle. Her choice.
So does that qualify her to talk about objectivization as a tool for financial success?
Does it qualify her to talk about it in any negative way? or from a feminist perspective? as a social issue? as a topic for public affairs (as we define it professionally)?
Has that club lost its ever-lovin’ mind?? I did hear some side chatter, though, that so few tickets were sold they had to move to a smaller venue. Not sure if it’s true or not. I hope it is.
It isn’t as if this is the only sign of the complete decline of any values or even common sense in our nation. We all began seeing signs of THAT a long while ago.
But if you’re still waiting for a sign that the end times are near?
This is it.