Culture July 6, 2018
Here's why the narrative is problematic.
It recently came out that Tristan Thompson, baby daddy to Khloé Kardashian’s newborn daughter, True Thompson, was cheating on Khloé throughout her pregnancy. The pair have been dating officially since September 2016, and True was born on April 12th, after it came out that Tristan had been cheating on Khloé for months.
Multiple news outlets have written about what the cheating scandal means for Khloé and her newborn child, and there has been some confusion about the couple’s future. This has included mixed responses about whether Khloé will remain in Cleveland to raise True with Tristan, or if she will move back to Los Angeles. While the couple seems to be together for the time being, it remains to be seen if it will last.
That said, most of the articles covering the scandal revolve around two subjects: the status of the couple’s relationship and painting Khloé as this Venus-esque mother who is prioritizing her child. That’s all fine, but the second set of articles imply that the reason Khloé is remaining with Tristan is because it’s best for her daughter.
That couldn’t be farther from the truth.
First of all, who wants to grow up knowing their father was cheating on their mother while she was pregnant with them? More importantly, what lesson does it teach your daughter when you let her father disrespect you by kissing and sleeping with other women while you’re together?
But that isn’t even the most harmful part. The worst part is that this narrative depicts Khloé Kardashian as someone who doesn’t have any other option, and it treats her as less than she is: a rich actress and businesswoman.
Of course, Khloé Kardashian might choose to stay with Tristan for her own reasons, but until she makes that decision official, it is counterproductive, and insulting, to paint it as necessary, and normal, that she stay with Tristan. This is why.
As a reality star on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and executive producer for the show, Khloé is way more than just a pretty face. But KUWTK is not the only business venture she is involved in.
In 2016 Khloé cofounded Good American, a denim brand aimed for women with “curvier, sexier and stronger shape[s].” Sold at Nordstrom and on the Good American website, the jeans range in size and shape, targeting a demographic that most denim companies do not.
Khloé’s most recent venture is the TV show “Revenge Body with Khloé Kardashian.” The show helps individuals achieve their “revenge body.”
Khloé is not alone in raising her daughter. She has her sisters: Kim, Kourtney, Kylie and Kendall, as well as her mother, Kris Jenner. The Kardashians are notorious for being close, with members of the family frequently voicing support for their relatives on social media platforms.
So the idea that Khloé needs to stay with Tristan to successfully raise her daughter is ludicrous. Khloé has a robust community, between her sisters, their children and her mother.
While media outlets may try to paint the Khloé Kardashian and Tristan scandal as the be-all and end-all of her life, Khloé is by no means vulnerable or in need of Tristan to lead a successful, happy life with her daughter. If the world doesn’t see that, hopefully she does.
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