Not EVERYBODY is all about Kim K.
NPR tested its audience last week it invited Kim Kardashian to be a guest on its popular quiz show, Ã¢â¬ÅWait WaitÃ¢â¬Â¦DonÃ¢â¬â¢t Tell Me!,Ã¢â¬Â which, by the way, has made a name for itself with celeb interviews.
But the NPR crowd was NOT having it. Aware that the pregnant-again celebÃ¢â¬â¢s appearance had upset fans, the radio networkÃ¢â¬â¢s website published an article from its official ombudsman, Elizabeth Jensen, on Wednesday, June 17, highlighting its listenersÃ¢â¬â¢ widely negative responses. Us Weekly reports:
One listener from Burlington, Vermont, wrote, Ã¢â¬ÅI recently gave a small gift to my local NPR station. Had I heard your Saturday show before I made my gift, I wouldn’t have donated. The Kardashians represent much of what is wrong with America today Ã¢â¬â and I listen to NPR to get AWAY from Kardashian-like garbage.”
Apparently memberships might also be affected by the stationÃ¢â¬â¢s decision, with another listener from Tuftonboro, New Hampshire writing, Ã¢â¬ÅSeriously thinking about dropping my membership. I thought NPR had a certain class/values and it looks like we might be heading in another direction that IÃ¢â¬â¢m not willing to go with you.Ã¢â¬Â
The ombudsman noted that her inbox was Ã¢â¬ÅoverflowingÃ¢â¬Â with negative reactions to KardashianÃ¢â¬â¢s interview. Adding that Ã¢â¬ÅWait WaitÃ¢â¬Â¦DonÃ¢â¬â¢t Tell Me!Ã¢â¬Â is, in fact, a comedy show and Ã¢â¬Åan equal opportunity offender,Ã¢â¬Â she didnÃ¢â¬â¢t seem to see the problem in the Keeping Up With the Kardashians starÃ¢â¬â¢s appearance.
Ã¢â¬ÅMany listeners seem willing to laugh until the comedy is turned on something that touches their own lives or sensitivities,Ã¢â¬Â she wrote. Ã¢â¬ÅI’m still not sure what to make of this week’s outrage over Kardashian, who was indeed a surprising guest, given how often the show has pilloried her and her clan in the past. She wasn’t a great guestÃ¢â¬âshe had a couple funny linesÃ¢â¬âbut she was gracious.Ã¢â¬Â
Yikes.ÃÂ KardashianÃ¢â¬â¢s interview only lasted 11 minutes, btw. Do you think NPR was wrong to interview Kim Kardashian?