Recently the Kardashian family inked a $40 million dollar contract with E! Television to bring the Kardiashian k’rew’s reality dynasty into American households for three more seasons. Unfortunately, the “Khloé and Lamar” spin-off, featuring the oddly cute couple Khloé Kardashian and Lamar Odom, is on hiatus. And while Odom is probably celebrating the Lakers’ NBA Finals pummeling, thanks to the Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant’s tiny arms, he should probably also hit the gym.
I’m not a reality show groupie, I am a Black woman who has missed the entire last seasons of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta” and “Basketball Wives.” Isn’t that blasphemous? But I am not into the cursing, salaciousness and WWE Smackdown brawls popular today, so hearing that “Khloé & Lamar,” the one reality show I truly enjoyed watching may not return saddens me.
I appreciated “Khloé & Lamar” because they were an actual married couple — not just shacked up because she got knocked up. These two actually met, got married, moved in together and then worked on having a baby. All while the wife, Khloé, who is successful in her own right thanks to Kim Kardashian’s sex tape-derived reality show career and their mother’s managerial genius, works hard to support her man’s career. The show was like a millionaire version of “Leave It To Beaver” and Khloé was June Cleaver. How many reality shows are like this? Well, there was “Kendra” on E!, surrounding Kendra Wilkinson the former Playboy playmate-turned-housewife to husband and NBA player Hank Baskett and Vh1’s “La La’s Full Court Life,” following LaLa Anthony, former MTV host and radio personality, who is married to New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony. These women are real basketball wives, their reality shows depicted family, love and the struggle it takes to support an athlete husband. I value that honesty and we need more of that in reality TV.
Many viewers think these shows are boring because they lack the drama seen elsewhere, but the dryness is what makes the story-lines real. I don’t know about you, but my friend’s assistant doesn’t pimp smack me, nor do I live in a house full of six wild women like “Bad Girls Club,” fearing for my life and my weave every time I walk into the kitchen.
On shows like “Basketball Wives” and “The Real housewives of Atlanta,” for most of the casts the reality series is their career. For Lamar, “Khloé & Lamar”was his side hustle — a hustle which might prematurely end to his NBA career. Touting a poor season with the 2011 NBA Finals champs Dallas Mavericks, the Texas team let him go and sent him and wifey packing to Los Angeles to work on his jump shot. And while many younger players would take this rejection in stride, Lamar, at the ripe age of 32 with less than stellar stats, is facing a challenge in attracting another team to join, even though the Lakers’ recent loss makes him look like the guy that escaped a questionable season. But even rejoining his former home with Kobe Bryant’s house doesn’t seem to be an option and this puts pressure on Lamar … and he doesn’t need reality TV cameras in his face to show the world how bad life sucks.
So as much as I’m sad to see them go, I respect Khloé and Lamar’s decision to pull the plug. Some say it’s all Khloé’s fault that her husband was booted from the Mav’s but even team owner Mark Cuban said it was Lamar himself didn’t have his head in the game. I hope this summer is a moment of clarity for the couple. We’ll probably still see their mugs “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” cameos now that the whole k’rew is back. *cues up Sister Sledge’s “We Are Family”*
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