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Weigh In: President Obama Slams Kanye West & Kim Kardashian / Criticises Culture Of ‘Perceived Success’

President Barack Obama has singled out Reality TV mogul Kim Kardashian and Rapper Kanye West in a new interview this month, criticising the part they play in endorsing a culture of ‘perceived success’.

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During a visit to an Amazon warehouse in Tennessee, the Harvard graduate gave an interview to Kindle Singles, in which he said the following:

“The American dream involved some pretty basic stuff — a good job where you felt some security, a good education … People felt if they worked hard they could get there.

I don’t think people went around saying to themselves, ‘I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house’ … I think there has also been a shift in culture.

We weren’t exposed to the things we didn’t have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous.

Kids weren’t monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing or where Kanye West was going on vacation and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success.”

Obama’s accurate remark comes six years after Ms.Kardashian rose to notoriety, following the release of a sex tape featuring ‘I Hit It First‘ performer Ray J, used to catapult the star and her family to international notoriety- by way of the Ryan Seacrest produced show, ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians‘.

The President’s remark also comes after the ex girlfriend of Kim’s ex husband Kris Humphries wowed the world, when she claimed Humphries had told her that Kardashian‘s mother- Kris Jenner– had orchestrated the aforementioned sex tape- as is alleged below…

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64 Comments

  1. August 5, 2013 at 6:20 am
    Gopit says:
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    Thank you, Barack. Thank you.

    • August 5, 2013 at 6:50 am
      MissLove says:
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      Yes dear. He said everything that everyone has been thinking. People wanna put minimal effort but get ample results nowadays.

      • August 5, 2013 at 6:56 am
        JanetxoNE says:
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        He didn’t slam them, but he did mock them when he was exposing how fickle their lifestyles are.

      • August 5, 2013 at 7:07 am
        WeAreLambily says:
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        First i was gonna drag TGJ for exaggerating but I read it over twice and he did slam them. He literally said that they’re the posterchild for what’s wrong in America and he’s right.

  2. August 5, 2013 at 6:25 am
    SWEET BROWN STAN says:
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    He is doing everything but fixing the economy!!!!! Shut up

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:27 am
      GagitaMaraj says:
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      He’s trying his best.

    • August 5, 2013 at 8:31 am
      truth(the new and refined TRUTH. f*** icki she done now i just slay a b****...yew mad??) says:
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      B**** TELL THE RACIST REPUBLICANS TO STOP BLOCKN EVERYTHING YOU FUCKA!!!

  3. August 5, 2013 at 6:27 am
    Savt1st says:
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    But isn’t he friends with jay and bee who are friends with kim and ye

    • August 5, 2013 at 6:53 am
      NickiSaidDis says:
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      And what’s that got to do with the price of tea in China? Beyonce and Kim are NOT cut from the same cloth boo boo.

    • August 5, 2013 at 6:53 am
      jubjub says:
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      if that means they’re supposed to be friends, then this country is supposed to be the most peaceful place. because everybody knows somebody that knows somebody that knows somebody.

      • August 5, 2013 at 10:48 am
        FAF says:
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        Yup and they do the exact same thing… I agree to a certain extent

  4. August 5, 2013 at 6:36 am
    Navy nick says:
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    He didnt slam them, he simply said, culture is different now from then. Hes 100% right, i could care less about what her family is doing (i hate reality tv)…,

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:26 am
      SummertimeSadness says:
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      Am I surprised that a Titanic s*** is sticking up for Kim? Nope.

  5. August 5, 2013 at 6:38 am
    B Lamont says:
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    He’s not critizing them AT ALL…he’s criticizing how we idolize celebrity life. Two COMPLETELY different things. Good job TGJ at making a misleading headline to get hits on this post. Unfortunately dumb people will think the president made a disparaging remark that he really didn’t mak; making him look hypocritical since he has such a strong relationship with Jay Z and Beyonce who pretty much live the same lifestyle as Kanye and Kim.

    • August 5, 2013 at 6:48 am
      HerNameIsSasha says:
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      Did you say Kim and Kanye live the same lifestyle as Beyonce and Jay Z?

      Oh my. Beyonce and Jay Z used their talent to get to where they are, not their private parts. Obama DID slam them because he used them as examples of a culture he doesn’t like.

    • August 5, 2013 at 6:59 am
      CandyWarhol says:
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      Stop right there w****. Don’t ever compare Beyonce to that p**** spreading fame w**** ever again.

      Mathew Knowles worked his bare behind off to make her dreams come true and she works her bare behind off to stay at the top. What did Kim do to get on top besides mounting the first black schlong she could find.

      • August 5, 2013 at 12:41 pm
        Renee says:
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        B*tch please, Matthew pimped Beyonce’s a** with the p*ssy poppin and orchestrated image, Beyonce is a puppet, she cannot think or speak for herself, she married Jay and came up off of him, that first album was a flop until he got on it and remixed crazy in love, Beyonce is no better than Kim, she steals other people’s intellectual property, she uses her body and she popped her p*ssy all the way to the ban, stop acting like they are some sort of royalty, Kanye didn’t go to jail for stabbing a man, Kanye did not sell drugs and poison young people in his community, the worst thing that Kim did was have s*x with her man of 5 years on video, and the little rat sold it, Kim already had a store, was styling stars and had already signed onto her own reality show before that tape even hit the streets, Kim came from wealth, grew up around fame and is not fazed by it, you all need to stop kissing the Carter’s a** because at the end of the day, they are an ex drug dealer and a high school drop out, if you really want to get technical, so you are right they are not alike, Kanye came from a good home with a mother who was a professor and a father who was a photojournalist, he graduated high school and went to college and followed his dreams, Kim came from a Father that was an Attorney and a business man and a mother who worked all her life and a step father who made this country proud, she also finished school and owned her own business at a young age, so I would say If I were Kim and Kanye I would not want to be associated with them.

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:23 am
      LITPL says:
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      Who told you Beyonce and Kim live the same lifestyle. Obama is very aware of Beyonce’s achievements and knows that she is the kind of citizen he wants in his country. Please refrain from telling such lies about her again or i’ll be forced to slap you.

  6. August 5, 2013 at 6:52 am
    cake like lady gaga says:
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    OMG at sam removing my comment, so i will put it up again!!!!!!!!

    I didnt see where Obama slammed Kim and Kanye. I too dont like these two, but TGJ must stop grasping at straws. if you post up interesting stuff, you will get hits, dont force it!

    • August 5, 2013 at 6:54 am
      RoyaleNavi says:
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      Girl calm down, that happens to me all the time even when i say nice things about them.

  7. August 5, 2013 at 7:05 am
    PhuckYoTour says:
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    Miss Obama spilling the truth tea. Shame on Ciara for hanging out with her.

  8. August 5, 2013 at 7:09 am
    Beyawnce says:
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    Dont the kardashians sister’s ever think ‘We have all of this because of a s** tape’ , I would find it weird if my family became famous of a s** tape , I would be ashamed.

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:11 am
      BeyWhoUWanna says:
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      You’re a Rihanna fan, you have no right to be ashamed of anyone.

      • August 5, 2013 at 7:16 am
        Beyawnce says:
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        Actually yes I do , I don’t agree with everything Rihanna does , She choses to do what she does , I’m here for her music not her lifestyle.

  9. August 5, 2013 at 7:09 am
    RiriBlanco says:
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    Why are the Hive dragging Kim when Beyonce is as an attention seeker too. Announcing the pregnancy at the award show?

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:11 am
      Drew says:
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      Oh please there no comparison. Beyonce is famous for being a ‘singer’ what is Kim for famous for? And not talking about attention when your name is ‘RiRi blanco’ either.

  10. August 5, 2013 at 7:10 am
    Drew says:
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    He was being shady since he used them as an example. Come on guys use common sense. Kim Kardashian especially is an awful rep for celeb culture.

  11. August 5, 2013 at 7:10 am
    Beyawnce says:
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    I have never seen a episode and dont plant to , I dont see how anyone watches the show and I find what their mother does disgusting , the way she is setting her daughters up

  12. August 5, 2013 at 7:12 am
    Queen Ciara says:
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    da mother is a pimp , the way she setting the girls up to date rich black man ……………………………….

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:18 am
      KissesForKelly says:
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      Did Ciara know that when she was licking her ass?

    • August 5, 2013 at 10:05 am
      Renee says:
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      You sound stupid.

  13. August 5, 2013 at 7:17 am
    HausMuthaAdele says:
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    You people have to learn to read between the lines. He WAS slamming them because he low key shaded them by using their names as examples.

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:21 am
      QueenCeline says:
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      Reading comprehension is so key.

  14. August 5, 2013 at 7:30 am
    Gaga 4 Ariana says:
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    Obama is so right, but why doesn’t he slam Beyonce for only supporting equal marriage after the law was changed?

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:36 am
      TeenageDreamer says:
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      What if she doesn’t support really gay marriage. Is that a crime?

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:46 am
      MarinasDiamonds says:
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      Why wouldn’t she support gay marriage when all of her fans are gay?

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:52 am
      Draggin4MrsCarter says:
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      Not everyone has to support gay marriage, and neither does Beyonce.

  15. August 5, 2013 at 7:31 am
    Marketing101 says:
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    Political stunt to hike up the polls otherwise he wouldn’t have used Beyonce and J and every other celebrity to get publicity.

  16. August 5, 2013 at 7:41 am
    Marley says:
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    Lets not act like Obama is not aware of the fact Kimmy Cakes (and now Kanyes association with her) is seen as TRASH in showbiz land. He knew what he was doing when he name dropped them. Because he could’ve applied that statement to just about any celeb because we follow them in the same way. But he chose Kim and Kanye because they are shallow, just like peoples idolization for celebs.

    • August 5, 2013 at 10:02 am
      Shannon says:
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      They are no more shallow than Jay Z and Bey, so just stop it, when you start targeting and bullying Americans who pay taxes, you start something you don’t need too, and that is promoting class war fare you don’t have to like them, but Kanye has worked his whole life on his craft, he has help to make that same man Jay Z that Mr. President worhips, he has contributed through his music and his art so to point him out over some of these other rappers that are out here smoking weed, drinking, and talking about booty and God knows what is hypocritical, and Kim like her or not is a business woman, lazy people would like to believe that it’s all about the tape but if you know your facts then you know that this girl has been working since she was 15, she worked in her fathers Record Company, she was a stylist to the stars, she owned her own Boutique, and all of this prior to the tape, she has been contributing to society way before the stupid tape, you don’t ever see her talking about the tape, promoting it or anything along those lines, they had already signed on the dotted line to do the reality show prior to the tape coming out. Kim is not out here drinking and falling down drunk, doing drugs, driving while intoxicated, getting into altercations or none of that, when you see Kim you see her with her friends or family, she works hard and she spends time with the people in her circle, there is nothing bad about that, the President needs to pay attention to the freaking economy and what’s going on in the world and stop promoting class ware fare their is already enough of that out here with people being envious of others because they have the drive and will power to reach their goals, this is so very dumb. If anything is ripping at the fabric of society it’s these lazy bums sitting at home collecting welfare and having 2 and 3 babies by different baby daddies and living off of our hard earned tax dollars, that is what he needs to be upset about, not people that are contributing.

      • August 5, 2013 at 1:44 pm
        Lydia says:
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        HAHAHA no more shallow than Jay Z and Beyoncé? You tried it. Jay Z and Beyoncé got to where there are and are known as a ‘power couple’ because of their achievments through their talents. WTF is Kim FAMOUS for. I dont care what she did before, she came from a rich background thanks to her father… What is her celebrity status for? I’ll tell you what, it started with her spreading her legs now she is famous for being famous.

        Beyoncé and Jay Z are not shallow because you don’t know the ins and outs of their private life. They don’t live through reality TV and keeping press attention on them, because their occupation means that happenes anyway. Can you imagine if Kim stopped her show and didn’t pull the publicity stunts she does? No one would care. Id love to bet how long KK stays together. And all that stuff about Kanye and Jay should be reversed, because Jay was the one who gave Kanye a career in the first place. You tried it. Just because you are anti Beyoncé and Jay Z doesn’t mean scraping for every excuse in the book to put them on the same level as Kim Kardashian is justifiable.

  17. August 5, 2013 at 7:52 am
    rih rox (ignore that imposter who's always here it has my old account and now i have a new one) says:
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    Kim is just another chick who makes beyonce look 45.

  18. August 5, 2013 at 7:54 am
    Draggin4MrsCarter says:
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    Everyday we come here and fight but today i wanna ask a serious question.
    Do yall think Churches should be forced to marry gay couples?

    • August 5, 2013 at 7:56 am
      Blackout2.0 says:
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      No, they should be allowed to choose if they want to or not.

    • August 5, 2013 at 8:37 am
      The Boy Toy says:
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      Why would they be forced to do something that’s against their beliefs? Churches don’t even pay taxes, so you can’t force them to do anything.

  19. August 5, 2013 at 7:54 am
    Meg says:
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    Post that cute picture of Jay Z, Bey, Justin and all her dancers backstage at Mrs Carter Show.

  20. August 5, 2013 at 8:07 am
    . : : H 2 O : : . says:
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    Yes I commented, and my comment is :

    “Who gives a f***?”

  21. August 5, 2013 at 8:08 am
    Jr says:
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    Lame! He could of at least said “reality stars” and “rappers” rather then name dropping. Tasteless Obama.

  22. August 5, 2013 at 8:12 am
    Navy Nick says:
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    He did not “slam” them tho.. Lol. Who ever posted this post is HORRIBLE at writing. Step your journalism skills up; you sound like you’re trying too hard to sound educated. Sorry, but papa has preached.

  23. August 5, 2013 at 8:26 am
    Daniel Teflon says:
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    Well I don’t support Kim Kartrashian & Her Family although I still Only like Khloe & Lamar they seem grand together….Kumye West & Kim Kartrashian are Mess & I REFUSE TO SUPPORT ANYTHING REGAURDING THEM!!

  24. August 5, 2013 at 8:31 am
    Juju beanzzzz says:
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    No of course not and I think that if someone was to speak up and say that nobody is FORCING a church to marry a gay couple then maybe all will be well I’m sure the church’s that gay couples attend know that they’re gay and wouldn’t mind marrying them

  25. August 5, 2013 at 9:31 am
    IM A FREE B*TCH says:
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    honestly, whats Kim K famous for now anyway? she has 0 talent and etc.. she is still riding on that viral s** tape of hers -.- but that ugly crying face of hers is gold lmao

  26. August 5, 2013 at 9:34 am
    Valerie (barb) says:
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    He didn’t diss them tho

  27. August 5, 2013 at 9:36 am
    Valerie (barb) says:
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    Tgj reaching ass always

  28. August 5, 2013 at 9:46 am
    Toto says:
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    Kim & Kanye KarTRASHian

  29. August 5, 2013 at 9:47 am
    Shannon says:
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    Way to promote CLASS WARFARE MR. PRESIDENT!!!! Funny how you hang out with the two bigggest promoters of everything you just talked about, but they are your friends so you ignore their mess. Such a hypocrite. Kim and Kanye are no different from any other celebrity, they both work hard and pay taxes.

  30. August 5, 2013 at 9:55 am
    Kim Kardashian stan says:
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    Obama is a f****** hypocrite he should spend less time worrying about what Queen Kim is doing and spend more time trying to fix this s*** hole country been in office 5 years and have fixed economy one bit….

    • August 5, 2013 at 9:58 am
      Kim Kardashian stan says:
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      Haven’t* the *

  31. August 5, 2013 at 9:59 am
    fatusankoh says:
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    I love the president what a smart man working hard for the people but the rep are making it so hard for for him I love my queen bey she is the most talented head working star out their god bless her

  32. August 5, 2013 at 12:11 pm
    TeamBreezy says:
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    Mr Obama needs to stick to trying to be president and keep his opinions

  33. August 5, 2013 at 12:46 pm
    Jessica says:
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    I know you all are not referring to anything that fat b*tch Myla said, that b*tch is a stalker and a Kim K wanna be, she lied that about every thing from being pregnant to what Kris supposedly told her, the fact that you used her as a reference is just hilarious, this same b*tch has now made a s*x tape and wants to be like Kim, little does she know the tape did not make kim, dedication, instincts, a stellar work ethic and her looks made her. Dumb a** lazy people thinking a s*x tape is why Kim is famous, you people are so dumb.

  34. August 5, 2013 at 5:57 pm
    Shawn says:
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    No disrespect but this headline is misleading. Obama doesn’t slam Kim and Kanye. He just used them as an example because he knows how obsessed the public is with celebrities like them. If anything, he’s criticizing the media and the general public.

  35. August 5, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    Booboo says:
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    He didn’t slam them at all!
    So few have a real grasp of reading and comprehension on this site…

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