Don’t Be A Butt

I considered not posting because, this week Kim Kardashian’s butt on the cover of Paper Magazine broke the internet. I’ll admit, I saw it – like a train wreck that you simply can’t look away from.  (you won’t find a link to her photos in this post, so you can go elsewhere for that visual)

After the bile settled in my throat, I wondered what was behind (pun intended) all this nonsense. Was it a desperate ploy for media attention? Or, was this skin flick a shrewd marketing gambit? Nothing this woman does is by chance.  Every selfie and paparazzi covered shopping spree is scripted to get attention. If you abide by the, any press is good press theory, then the woman killed it this week.

I, however, am not a fan. Sure, I get what her legions of loyal followers say; if she’s got it flaunt it, or she’s showing that she still has it after 30. But, what is “it” supposed to be?

Intelligence?  Power? Business acumen? No visible scars, marks, or tattoos?  Everybody has a butt, so? Not everyone has a photoshopped butt.  It has to be more than that, right?

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

Everyone Poops by Taro Gomi

If, this whole butt-storm is a marketing strategy for the “Kardashian” brand, what exactly are they selling? According to their product website the family endorses over a million products. Not surprising among them are tanning spray, a clothing line and sunglasses.  Only the tanning spray would appear to apply (in all the nooks and crannies) in this case. Is that all this woman has to offer?

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Each of us wants to put our best self out there and market what we’ve got, products services, books or doo-dads and whats-its. At some point, Kim’s assets will begin to fall and what’s left then? If someone’s total self-worth is wrapped up in a fragile photoshopped image, that is one hard fall waiting to happen.

from unofficial dragon at tumblr

from unofficial dragon at tumblr

I’m not saying that we (Kim included) shouldn’t put ourselves out there. I’m suggesting that you put yourself out there with substance, content and message.  Even this guy has a clear marketing message:

Clear Target Marketing from curtis perry via flickr creative commons

Clear Target Marketing
from curtis perry via flickr creative commons

There is no need to be a butt about it.

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2 comments

  1. stephanie710 · · Reply

    I couldn’t agree more. Why in the world would anyone consider showing their butt as a savvy career move? Then again, I am NOT a fan of the whole Kardashian thingie…whatever their empire is supposed to be. I don’t get it. They’re a bunch of people who are paid to do nothing. At least if you are going to be eccentric, create something.We’re all a little nuts but at least create something, have a product, service, anything but a giant photoshopped behind? •Shakes head* I’m so with you on this one.

    1. And if I go take a photo of my butt, they make me stay away from school, parks and nursery schools – go figure.

      And WordPress said I wasn’t following your blog! Yes I am!

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