Are the Kardashians really some of America’s Most Fascinating People of 2011?

2011 was a big year for the Kardashian family, they were in the limelight 24/7 with a slew of E! reality shows, baby news, and of course the high-profile 72 day marriage to NBA play Kris Humphries. All of this has led Barbara Walters to include the Kardashians on her annual list of America’s Most Fascinating People.

The Kardashian clan, which include mother Kris, and daughter Kourtney, Kim, and Khloe, will be featured on the annual ABC special with baseball player Derek Jeter, Pippa Middleton, Modern Family co-stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet, Donald Trump, Simon Cowell, and pop star Katy Perry.

My question is: Are the Kardashian’s really that fascinating? I say both yes, and no. I feel like the Kardashians are fascinating to the American public because they could be viewed as “America’s princesses.” They do minimal work, have multiple TV shows, party all the time, and live their lives in front of the camera 24/7. What person wouldn’t want that life?

While I am not a huge fan or follower of the Kardashians, I feel that they deserve to be a part of the special. In 2010 alone, the whole family combined made over $60 million, without really having any skills, “real jobs” (they run a couple of retail stores around the country – big deal), or doing any significant body of work or any significant career strides.

If a family of beautiful people can manipulate a cable network to devote multiple hours of programming to them, have a loyal fan base, and make millions of dollars for simply living their lives, that’s fascinating. Isnt it?

The 19th annual Barbara Walters Presents: Most Fascinating People of 2011 with air as a 90 minute special, December 14th at 930p.m. on ABC

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