It’s funny what people choose to focus on. This week, widespread uproar ensued on every social media platform regarding Kimye gracing the latest Vogue cover. It’s no secret they’re hardly the most beloved couple on the planet, but what bothered me was how much heat the cover actually received.
I’m neither defending nor accusing Kanye of being a so-called “egomaniac,” but I do sympathize with his frustrations over his music being misunderstood and having his talents confined to the music industry. Why should anyone’s talent be limited to one specific realm?
For someone who has tried in earnest to break into the fashion world for years, landing on the cover of Vogue is a pretty big deal, regardless of the actual content of the feature. And while Kim, the leader of the Kardashian clan, is often the butt (pun, intended) of pop culture jokes, it doesn’t take away from the fact that they’re both powerful influencers.
The truth is, people only land on the cover of Vogue for two reasons: if they’re culturally relevant and if their faces are guaranteed to sell copies. If people are unhappy at Vogue’s decision, perhaps they need to redirect their frustrations to the general public which has made Kim and Kanye as famous as they are.
While the Western world is busy venting their “disgust” over Annie Leibovitz’s tasteful portrait of Kimye, something much, much bigger is happening abroad. This past week, Turkey shut down Twitter, thereby restricting citizens from using a social media platform many of us in the Western World take for granted. The significance of this, of course, extends beyond the standard inane updates we’re all guilty of posting.
By shutting down a platform that many rely on for live news updates, it opens a dangerous door for other acts of public censorship to occur. Ahead of the Twitter scandal, Turkey previously banned YouTube from 2007-2010 and currently leads the world record for most jailed journalists, ahead of China and Iran.
Of course we’re allowed to indulge in pop culture gossip, but how much attention should it actually warrant when another nation’s freedom of speech is being threatened one step at a time?