Certain things in life seem predisposed towards sharing an affinity; is there a more succulent marriage than turkey and cranberry sauce, could Batman really have been a badass crime-fighting-super-hero sans Robin and just why must the rough come with the smooth? Butter to bread, yin to yang, compatibility affects all walks of life; culinary, comic-book and couple.
*No, this doesn’t involve pickling them in formaldehyde and chopping them up – sorry.
Barely a day passes without our favorite ‘love-to-hate-em’ couple appearing in the tabloids and celeb gossip sections. Recent headlines include…
More or less born with a silver spoon planted firmly in her ducklips , Kim did her growing up in L.A, a childhood friend of the fellow waste of good oxygen yet strangely entertaining, Paris Hilton, with father, the late Robert Kardashian infamous for his role as O.J Simpson’s defense lawyer in that trial.
It was, however, the release of her sex-tape, entitled Kim Kardashian: Superstar that sent her fame rocketing skywards into the dizzying heights of the ‘pointless celeb’ stratosphere. Did Miss Kardashian, upon revival from her sheer blush induced swoonfit – thanks, in no small part to a hefty dose of smelling salts – take to her living quarters and lament the loss of her pure, unsullied reputation, following the release of footage of her fulfilling her womanly duties? Erm not quite, shrewd businesswoman Kardashian instead sued the distributors of the tape, settling out of court for $5 million, subsequently creating her own personal brand off the back of the ensuing fame and after unrelentingly shameless self production is at the helm of a K.K empire worth an estimated $35 million. Not bad for a girl who just a few short years ago, earned her keep as a celebrity stylist and personal assistant.
Kanye was raised in Chicago by his English professor single-mom, spending summers with his church counsellor father. Completing a year of art-school before deciding to pursue his dream of success in the music industry, he struck gold when selected by megastar rapper Jay Z to produce music for his own bestselling album. This later evolved into a signing to produce his own tracks for Jay Z’s label and the rest – career wise, is history.
West tends generally to be perceived as one of the douchiest stars in showbiz; a rep he deserves? Who could forget his infamously rude interruption to Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech, not to mention his frequently inane tweets; “an abortion can cost a ballin’ nigga up to 50gs maybe a 100. Gold diggin’ bitches be getting pregnant on purpose. #STRAPUP my niggas!” – wrong on so many levels, we lost count.
While we feel we must credit Kanye on his charity work, collaborating with Live 8, Habitat for Humanity and Red Cross to help the needy, it’s also worth mentioning the $500,000 he jotted down on his tax return as having gone through his charity the Kanye West Foundation; though a big fat $0 of this actually ended up as charitable contributions; the majority of funds being allocated for travel expenses, salaries and the ubiquitous ‘…professional fees’. Taking this into consideration, may we be so bold as to suggest that Mr West, himself the holder of a not-so-shabby $90 million fortune, also possesses something of an entrepreneurial spirit.
So… Match made in heaven or battle lines drawn before dawn?
Potentially, there’s much to suggest compatibility in this pairing. Both are hardworking, determined and seem to share a desire for similar goals in life; financial, social and career-wise, they’re extremely focused and smart individuals. Providing they’re able to continue to nurture and support these qualities within one another, it’s entirely likely that Kim and Kanye’s union could further their ambitions.
Though it’s not all a bed of roses, both are generally considered to be driven yet relatively narcissistic individuals. In the contexts of relationships, where compromise is often considered a vital component to any healthy love-match, dead-lock situations could occur should conflicts of interests arrive.
Both Kim and Kanye exhibit fairly materialistic values, something which, surprisingly, also equates with low life satisfaction. The impact of continuous status seeking and its positive affirmation can something of a catch twenty two, the futile pursuit of external verification is often linked to insecurity and poor self-esteem, meaning that attaining lasting satisfaction and contentment through ownership, fame and power is nigh-on impossible.
With Kim still officially married to ex Kris Humphries, we’re not holding our breath on the happy-ever-after for these guys, although this week Ms Kardashian revealed that she “…definitely wants kids”, telling U.S show The View, “In a perfect world you know when you find someone that you really think is your perfect match.”
When pressed as to whether she believed Kanye embodied such pristine qualities, she replied: “I think so.”
Maybe they’ll cast aside their glitzy personas and embracing the simpler side of life, join a kibbutz, raise a gaggle of kum-ba-ya’ing, wheat-wearing children with noble aspirations and focus on solving global humanitarian issues. Maybe not.
Will King is a television and media critic who splits his time as a stand up comic. He collects conspiracy theories and claims to have invented Teflon. In his spare time he follows presidential politics and all traffic signs. He lives in Charlotte, NC.
Selma: I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t wait for this wedding. Oh yes, we will ALL be invited because it will be plastered all over our TV’s, magazines, computers, and all those fancy social media platforms. It will be GREAT! (Let’s hope my sarcasm is transferring over to you!). Kiss your freedom goodbye because once Kanye pops the big Q, his life is officially owned by E!. I recommend this DiscoveryGame so he can at least partake in some of the wedding planning….
Giulia: The Kardashians have quite the family. We would all know… ! You can choose your friends but you can’t choose your family. Families come in all shapes and sizes, but there is no denying that they play a central role in the shaping of our lives. I recommend this DiscoveryGame to better understand how your family affects you and your relationships.