Fans and pundits all a-twitter over split


Fans and pundits all a-twitter over split

Fans and pundits all a-twitter over split

Wednesday, November 2, 2011
  • Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian wed Kris Humphries in August and filed for divorce on October 31.

KUALA LUMPUR: Yesterday’s announcement that American reality television star Kim Kardashian was filing for divorce from her husband, professional basketball player Kris Humphries, caused a sensation in cyberspace.


News of the divorce quickly made waves on celebrity gossip blogs such as TMZ and The Hollywood Gossip, which posted a statement by Kardashian.


"After careful consideration, I have decided to end my marriage,” Kardashian said. “I hope everyone understands this was not an easy decision. I had hoped this marriage was forever, but sometimes things don't work out as planned. We remain friends and wish each other the best."


Kardashian’s marriage to Humphries, who plays for the New Jersey Nets, took place in a lavish ceremony in August after a whirlwind courtship. According to TMZ, a dispute over where the couple would settle down was a strong factor in Kardashian’s decision to file for divorce.


Popular celebrity gossip blogger Perez Hilton posted 16 posts about Kardashian’s divorce in just over nine hours after the announcement. Among them were statements from both Kardashian and Humphries and also an official statement by E!, the network that airs various shows starring Kardashian and her family. The network said it “will continue to share the fascinating real lives and larger-than-life existence of this close-knit family."


While E! has publically expressed support for Kardashian, the New York Times’ Arts Beat blog reported yesterday that the network’s executives were fretting over whether to keep airing the wedding, for which they reportedly paid up to $15 million. The network has aired the “fairytale” wedding several times, attracting millions of viewers.


Arts Beat also reported that the divorce announcement had led to “a crush of instant criticism from people who perceived the entire relationship to be a publicity stunt.”


One blogger wrote that the marriage had been “arranged” and that the divorce “was also part of a publicity stunt”.


The divorce has been a hot topic on Twitter since it was announced yesterday. According to popular social media and technology site Mashable, “Ninety-three percent of the online conversations Tuesday about the divorce filing were posted on Twitter.”


Some people were discussing the divorce using the hashtag #KimKMarriageWasShorter. The top Kardashian-related trending topic on Twitter today, however, is #ThingsLongerThanKimsMarriage.


Some notable examples of things that Twitter users said were longer than Kim Kardashian’s marriage: ‘Lindsay Lohan’s line of coke’; ‘Taylor Swift’s speech before Kanye took the microphone’; ‘iPhone 4S battery life’; ‘That pause after Dora the Explorer asks you a question’; and ‘The list of sponsors who are going to want their money back’.


The topic has been trending in Malaysia as well, with some tweets by Malaysians showing up in the timeline. One tweet said that among the things longer than Kim’s marriage is ‘the long queue at Touch n Go or Smart Tag tolls’.


There was some confusion in this country over the Twitter hashtag #PrayforKK, which several people thought referred to Kardashian. It actually referred to yesterday’s collision between a passenger train and an oil tanker in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.


Not all tweets about Kardashian’s divorce were obvious jabs at her or her soon-to-be ex-husband. Her two sisters, Khloe and Kourtney, tweeted messages of support for her.


Vulture, New York magazine’s entertainment blog, praised Kardashian on its Twitter account – though with tongue planted firmly in cheek – saying, “Kim Kardashian is a smart investor. 72 days of marriage, $8 million in profits.”