Famous for Bad Reasons. FFBR. Our way of life. What does it even mean?
We don’t know. We came up with it 3.5 years ago, and the circumstances and/or reasonings are kind of fuzzy. But what we do know: there is an unfair bias in this country against those who succeed in becoming FFBR.
Take Kim Kardashian. You know, the one “famous for having a big ass and a sex tape.” Does she have a big ass and a sex tape? Yes. Do many young women in this country and beyond have both of these things? Yes. But how many have made it into a wildly successful multi-million dollar empire? Not many. And that is the difference between you and Kim (and Kourtney, and Khloe, etc.).
I did a lot of stupid shit in college, and luckily for me, the stupidest of it did not end up on Facebook or TMZ or Jezebel (see: the Duke girl’s “Fuck List”, a topic for another time.). But for some people, it does. For the average citizens, they become a viral meme. For the celebrities among us, it becomes a selling point, an incident of notoriety that only ups their contract with Life & Style Magazine.
And that’s the thing: everyone today is famous for bad reasons. Despite her flawless discography (fact: Blackout is the best pop album of 2000-2010), Britney is most famous for shaving her head and attacking a car with an umbrella. Lindsay Lohan is a talented actress (don’t act like you don’t love Mean Girls), brought down by the demon of addiction. And no, her failing a drug test immediately after jail exit doesn’t make her “pathetic” or a “self-indulgent brat.” It’s the mark of a legitimate addict, the same ones that get so much sympathy on AMC’s Intervention.
And again, Kim with her big ass and a sex tape: she’s still managed to make millions of dollars off of those assets because she is legitimately a smart businesswoman. My biggest pet peeve is people who say people like Kim don’t work hard. Really? Because she’s worked hard enough to turn her unfortunately-leaked private moment into a net worth of millions of dollars. Just because her job means going to a photo shoot instead of sitting a desk doesn’t mean it’s not hard work.
I’m not saying there’s nothing wrong with the Kardashian family. I think Kris is creepy, and Kim’s obvious plastic surgery over the past few years is sad. But they are the epitome of Famous For Bad Reasons. And they make it work. And for that reason, Khloe and Lamar’s wedding will constantly be tivo’d by The Libra and myself, and we will continue to watch on Sundays. And we will not feel guilty about it.