Olivia Wilde Takes “DIRECT Shot” at Kardashians, Site Wrongly Says
Olivia Wilde is interviewed in the new Marie Claire, and makes a valid argument about how the media often misses the point. HollywoodLife read the story… and promptly missed the point.
“I’d like to refocus everyone’s attention away from the Kardashians and onto Doctors Without Borders or aid workers,” Wilde says in the magazine. “Let’s redefine scandal. Scandal is not who so-and-so is dating; scandal is the fact that 1.2 million people are still living in tents in Haiti, and cholera is rampant because Nepalese U.N. soldiers dumped s**t from their Porta-Potties into the river.” Wilde adds, “That’s a f**king scandal. If the average 15-year-old was hearing about that instead of so-and-so’s plastic surgery or cheating in Hollywood, I’d feel better about our future.”
It’s obvious that Wilde’s intention here is to dramatize how celebrity culture distracts Americans from the world’s real problems. She isn’t saying anything about the Kardashians themselves. She just happens to use the name as a kind of shorthand for fame because, well, the Kardashian family is really famous.
Ah, but HollywoodLife isn’t interested in Wilde’s actual message! Not when there’s a fake feud to invent! “Why is Olivia dissing the Kardashians?” wonders the site, quoting from the above passage and concluding, “That seems like a DIRECT shot at the Kardashians.”
Uh… Wilde is NOT taking ANY shot, direct or otherwise, at the Kardashians. She’s talking about how the media pays too much attention to them and other celebrities, to the detriment of other news. But HollywoodLife isn’t done looking foolish. “So just because [the Kardashians aren’t] out fighting world hunger or treating sick children in Africa – that makes them bad people?” writes the webloid.
Oh, come on. Wilde did not call the Kardashians “bad people.” She was just trying to make a point about how news outlets often get caught up in frivolous stuff. And in an effort to visually drag the Kardashians into this, HollywoodLies inserts a photo of the sisters over a picture from Wilde’s Marie Claire story. Regardless, as Gossip Cop noted, the webloid completely missed the point.