Kim Kardashian Isn’t Cheating on Kanye West and Here’s Why It Matters in Our Current Political Climate
You might think that the rumor that Kim Kardashian West is cheating on husband Kanye West is idle celebrity gossip, but its proliferation is a big deal in today’s political climate. See, the mobile app mogul is trending on Facebook today…
…and hovering over her name reveals the rumor that she’s cheating on West with a football player, which our friends at Gossip Cop have debunked. If you click her name, one of the articles that trends at the top of the page is from Hollywood Life. It claims that the player in question has tweeted a photo of himself giving the middle finger in response to the rumors. For reference, here’s what he really tweeted:
— Marquette King (@MarquetteKing) December 11, 2016
Obviously, that’s not true. The man tweeted a cartoon of himself drawing a heart in the air. More on that later.
As we’ve gone over for months and will continue to go over for many more, fake news is a problem. Specifically, when we’re talking about fake news, we are referring to news items that are made up by someone, then posted and distributed by people with the knowledge that the content is fake. This is usually done for profit, but the effects can go far beyond one writer or webmaster’s big paycheck. A man “investigating” a fake news item discharged a gun in a D.C. pizzeria last week.
Entertainment rags are the OGs of the fake news industry.
In the 1990s and early 2000s, people got much of their celebrity news by simply scanning the headlines of tabloids at the local supermarket checkout. Those headlines, with their bold-faced proclamations of divorce, pregnancy, and drug addiction, were — and still are — extremely misleading.
It never mattered that it was all garbage, of course. People believed it all and the celebrities benefited from the notoriety, just as politicians seem to have during this year’s election when they got the fake news treatment. The football player who was rumored to be sleeping with Kardashian West used the false story to boost his social profile and tweeted a coy heart cartoon. Donald Trump‘s son used a fake news story to further a narrative that was being pushed by his campaign for the presidency. The loser in both situations is neither the writer of the fake piece nor the person capitalizing on it; it’s the consumer, who is being taken for a ride.
Debunking the cheating allegations that are plaguing the West marriage is imperative because we all need to start rejecting fake news in any form. When Media Take Out and Hollywood Life push out misleading headlines and fake narratives to get their stories trending on Facebook, it’s as important for Gossip Cop to bust them as it is for Mediaite to bust fake news when it trends in political circles.
Suburban moms with two decades of In Touch back-issues and political junkies subscribed to 17 wonky meme pages alike need to agree on one thing and agree on it fast: The time has come for fact-checking, no matter what the content of an article is. We all need to unequivocally reject fake news in any form.
Kardashian West is not cheating on her recently hospitalized husband. CNN did not air hardcore porn in Boston.
Playing into the hands of entertainment-focused fake news writers is a slippery slope.
Don’t do it.
[image: Featureflash Photo Agency / Shutterstock.com]
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.