Kris Jenner: Super-Mom or Super Villain?

And you thought being a soccer mom was hard. A day after her daughter Kim Kardashian gave birth, Kris Jenner was back to buzzing around Hollywood. After presenting an award at the 40th Annual Daytime Emmy Awards, Jenner visited Taj and Tayana Jackson’s wedding reception to congratulate the couple and discuss Kim’s recent addition to the Kardashian empire.

I am not a fan of Kris Jenner. She could save a cute animal species from the verge of extinction single-handedly and in the back of my mind, I would still wonder whether or not she was doing it for the publicity. I kind of feel bad about thinking that but at the same time, she has not done anything to prove me otherwise. If she has, I was probably too busy catching up with 30 Rock to notice. Sorry, but a girl has priorities. That being said, Jenner’s ability to mill around California less than a week after becoming a grandmother is impressive. The transition from mother to grandmother is a tough one, considering how anxious most people get about growing older. The fact that she wasn’t pulling out the knitting needles, researching dentures, and starting every sentence with “Well, back in my day…” proves she can handle big life changes better than I ever could. (Don’t even ask me about when I turned 18 unless you want to see me crawl into a hole with a Beanie Baby and never come out.)

Mothers are a fascinating breed of human. Most can maintain a job, foster successful relationships, and not lose their minds at the fact that another living creature is entirely dependent on them. I could barely keep a Tamogachi alive, never mind an actual breathing, talking, pooping person. Celebrity mothers have to do all of that in front of millions of people every day, a feat which continues to shock me.

But people have started to question Jenner’s intentions by attending these parties.  Was she really just trying to be a “super-mom” and continue her day-to-day life by running around Hollywood the day after her first grand-daughter was born? Or was she using Kim’s baby for her own benefit? At the Daytime Emmy event, Jenner’s stories about her grand-daughter Kaidence Donda West (a name that only confirms my suspicions that the Kardashians aim to copyright the letter K sometime in the near future) stole the show from other attendees who had hoped to advertise their own achievements. Bethenney Frankel, for example, who planned to discuss the September premiere of her new talk show, was pushed aside as media insiders flocked to Jenner to hear about the new arrival.

Was Jenner’s busy day simply another ploy for attention? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to hear it, will it make a sound? Will Jennifer Lawrence ever accept my Facebook friend request? The answers to these questions, no one will ever know, although we could make a couple of guesses about the first one. This would not be the first time Jenner has used her daughters to perpetuate her own fame, after all. One source says Kris even asked relatives to tune into her new talk show (premiering in July) to hear more details about Kim’s new baby. And while Kanye has insisted that he does not want his baby in the spotlight (a revelation that was surprising to me because, Kanye), Kim, some believe, will be easier to persuade if her fans expressed interest.

Alas, we somehow ended up discussing Kimye, which is besides the point. My question to you guys is: Was Jenner’s multiple outings so soon after the baby’s birth just another example of the reality star trying to steal the spotlight? Was she really trying to use Kaidence’s birth, which the media has been anticipating for months, to make her the center of attention again? Or was Jenner doing what any other grandmother would do: bragging endlessly about her new family member to anyone that would listen? Was she being a super mom/grand-mom or a super villain?

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  • Taylor Paige Daniel

    I have no insight into her intentions, I’d like to imagine she is just a proud grandma. Honestly, I find her annoying, but when it comes to the change from mom to grandma, she actually already has two grandchildren from Kourtney, so it probably wasn’t a huge shift in her world since she has been a grandma for a while.

  • Becca Chavez

    Kris Jenner was a grandmother before Kim had her baby. Her first grandchild was born in December of 2009 and her first grand-daughter was born in July of 2011. A simple google search would have shown you that. It seems a little harsh to criticize someone when you’re completely wrong about the situation.

  • Eimear Odonoghue

    This is not kris’ first time being a grand mother. She still has a talk show to promote regardless of the new arrival and i don’t think Kim minds that the name will be announced officially on the talk show ‘Kris’. Personally I think Kris does intentionally push her family to limits to maintain their relevance but that doesn’t make her a bad mother/grandmother, it just makes her a good manager.

  • Tamara Pinkney

    What change? You do realize that Kourtney has two children? This isn’t new territory for Kris. Also, she’s the GRANDmother not the mother. I’m not understanding why she isn’t supposed to carry on with her normal life.

  • Josh Cohen

    She was doing two things: 1. She was just expressing her joy as a grandmother. SHe is only getting the attention for it because, well, she’s famous! If you had a baby, wouldn’t you be happy that your mom was going around and spreading the good news? 2. She is a busy Hollywood business woman. To you, it may just seem like she is going to the Emmys, but to Kris it is a job. Just because her daughter had a baby it doesn’t mean that she should stop working. I think what Kris did was fine.

  • Nikki Prowse

    Well first, famous or not, life doesn’t stop when a baby is born into your family. Grandmas still have to go to work and those appearances are her job. Secondly, this is her third grandchild, second granddaughter. I think if you’re going to criticize someone you should probably do a little more research than just reading the headlines. Of course she’s going to gush over the birth of ANOTHER baby in the family and of course she’s going to get coverage, people have been following the pregnancy as much as the royals’.

    People are so quick to judge people they don’t even know that they don’t even bother to get simple details. Your post is bad and you should feel bad.

  • Elizabeth Skipper

    Bethenny Frankel does not need sympathy for being overshadowed. If Kris Jenner is guilty of the crime you’re accusing her of, then Bethenny is just as guilty. But I don’t think either one is guilty of anything more than working her ass off for family, just like all women. These two women (and other like them) just happen to have to do their work in the public eye.

    Would anyone have even noticed if a celebrity grandfather had been working a day after his daughter gave birth? Doubtful.

  • Caitlin Hollo

    I love it when all the comments already sum up what I want to say!

  • Lívia Maria Vasconcellos

    I have a problem with this title. Why does she need to be the devil or a saint? I expected something more from a blog that time after time make feminist posts about this exact kind of categorization of women.
    I honestly couldn’t care less about the Kardashians, and all I can do about it is not pay attention, because I really don’t want to. You making a full post about her intentions as a mother is so useless, why do you care? Why?

    Honestly, she is the PR for the family which has become a bussiness, and her work it to promote themselves to keep their names in the spotlight. Everyone knows that, and if they don’t I mean….

    I could just ignore this article as I do with anything that has the name kardashian attached to it. But I care about Hello Giggles, and tend to listen to your advices. This is soooo bullshit that I’m amazed.

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