Oh, the Kardashians. Once the darlings of the reality TV world, they’ve become the damned.
A new online petition is collecting signatures to get E! to cancel the clan’s coterie of series. The Kardashians have long had plenty of critics (kritics?) but Kim Kardashian’s much-ballyhooed 72-day marriage pushed the family’s haters over the edge.
“In a grass roots effort, we have collected [thousands of] signatures for a petition asking E! Entertainment to remove the Kardashian suite of shows from their programming,” petition organizer Cyndy Snider said in a statement to Yahoo TV. “We feel these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption.”
“While some may have begun watching the spectacle as mindless entertainment or as a sort of ‘reality satire,’ it is a sad truth that many young people are looking up to this family and are modeling their appearance and behavior after them,” Snider said. “I’ll remind you here that the Kardashian family fame largely started with a ‘leaked’ sex tape.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the petition had more than 70,601 signatures. Want to add your name to the list? Good luck. GoPetition.com, the site hosting the campaign, posted a message on the “No More Kardashian” page today warning visitors that signatures may not immediately show up because of “very heavy traffic” to the site.
“We apologize for any server outages,” the site said, “but this petition is just off the scale in popularity.”