President Obama has already made it known that he is no fan of Kanye West, but apparently he doesn't like Kim Kardashian much either. In 2009, the president famously called the 36-year-old rapper a jacka-- after West dissed Taylor Swift at the VMA Awards, barging onto the stage in protest when she was awarded the Best Female Video. Obama was about to give an interview with CNBC and did not know his comment about West was being taped.
But now, Obama is publicly addressing West and his reality-TV-star girlfriend Kardashian, stating that the Kardashians help foster an idea about wealth and fame that is not beneficial to society’s youth.
In an interview with Amazon.com, the president said, "The American Dream involved some pretty basic stuff: a good job where you felt some security, a good education. ... People felt if they worked hard, they could get there. ... I don't think people went around saying to themselves, 'I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house' ...
I think there has also been a shift in culture. We weren't exposed to the things we didn't have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren't monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing or where Kanye West was going on vacation and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success."
Kardashian and West recently purchased an $11 million mansion in Bel Air, Calif. The 10,000-square-foot home is in a gated community, and the interior has been gutted so that Kardashian and West can build their dream home.
The curvaceous star, known for luxury indulgences, has even spent nearly $1 million on four gold-plated toilets, the Daily Mail reports. A source also told the Sun: “They expect the interior to cost twice as much as the property. They’re spending more than $1 million on a security system alone.”
Kardashian's rise to fame may have something to do with Obama bemoaning celebrity culture, as most people attribute Kardashian’s celebrity fame to a sex tape released in 2007 by singer Ray-J, her then-boyfriend, featuring himself and Kim. The video certainly increased her visibility and has since become infamous.
That same year, she posed on the cover of "Playboy" and debuted on TV in her own reality series along with her two sisters and parents. “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” which documents primarily her family life, has been one of the most-watched reality shows in history. Kardashian’s boyfriend, West, appeared on episodes during the last season of the popular show. Neither Kardashian nor West has commented on President Obama’s remarks.