I'm not here to hate on the Kardashians because I respect their hustle (and um, I watched their 4-hour wedding special), but one thing in particular that raised my hackles about Kim's Fairytale Wedding Extravaganza was Kimmy K.'s downright rude treatment of Kris Humphries in regard to his dogs.
She freaked out at the idea of Brody and Gizmo sleeping in bed with them, calling it "unsanitary," before admitting that SHE doesn't even sit on the silk comforter herself. Granted, if my bedroom were regularly broadcast on national television, maybe I'd be more uptight about the cleanliness of my home too, but making your significant other feel like their pets are dirty and unwelcome isn't kosher, whether it's staged or not. In part two of the episode, things got even worse when she flew to Minnesota to spend some "quality time" with Kris at his modest abode, where she ripped into him some more for having pictures of the dogs everywhere. (He defended himself by saying he was a dog guy, or something of that ilk.)
Some people just aren't animal lovers, and I get that, but at what point does you personal preference become downright disrespectful to those you love? For many people, single or married, their pets are like children to them, and while at different points of the program, both sides gushed about the potential parenting skills of the other, I wonder how Kardashian will handle a baby, when a little poop and eye boogers (another point of contention) send her anal retentiveness into overdrive.
Now of course it's possible that the conflict was manufactured to pass the time, and maybe Kim's not so animal-hatery after all, but the whole thing has still brought up questions about compromise, the role pets play in our single (or not-so-single) lives. Have you changed your lifestyle in regard to your cats because of a significant other? I mean, I'm not sure I'd ever mesh with someone who hated kitties, but what if I fell in love with someone who was allergic to them, or treated them with similar disdain? Am I judging Kim too harshly here, or when it comes to romance, do the needs of your significant other outweigh those of the pets who came first?
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