Kris Jenner has not let herself be known. Bouncing from business lunch to business lunch, she plays manager to several high powered Hollywood children, making sure that deals get negotiated in her interest. She rushes out of Nobu to check in on various daughters in various photo shoots, and Kris' Truth remains hidden in the unknowable space between her outings.
Many ask if mother manager exploits her own children. Is making your children filthy rich equivalent to exploitation? Or is it only because she designs what they get hired for, and she is cut 15 percent, or is it more?
Maybe she started out to make her children learn to work, and within her hollywood context, living life as reality starlets was simply reflective of their locally limited options.
Maybe it turned exploitative later on.
Some wonder, do the children feel exploited? Do they seek out fame and the initiation of narratives (to make a better tv product)?
In the last episode of KEEPING UP WITH THE KARDASHIANS Khloe flipped out on mother Kris, saying she can't have her as her manager if she keeps slipping up. Khloe said her mother had set her up on an interview where she was asked questions her manager was supposed to make sure were not allowed, but Kris had forgotten to check the questions. Khloe's rage was personal, claiming it made her feel less loved, low on the totem pole, and more forgotten compared to more valuable siblings. At the episode's end, all had been resolved, because the rest of the episode focused on Khloe's burgeoning dalliance with French Montana, and her attempts to cope with divorce and a broken heart. The issues with managerial exploitation were now safely contextualized as one more way Khloe was acting out because of her heartbreak. Kris expressed love and patience with Khloe, and by the credits, all was well at Kasa Kardashian.
At no time did the children unite to discuss the thought that they may all be exploited in their roles as daughters on camera. It is confusing, but it is also a culture which often equates parents with bosses. Both make decisions as to how to behave,and how to instill order and teach people how to make a space (company or family home) profitable.
The boss is the one who exploits because they control how your wages reach you, n'est-ce pas?
Who is the real Kris Jenner? Does her heart still mourn her late husband? Does her soul still cry out for murdered best friend Nicole Simpson?
Has she bled out silicone tears and sweated through menopausal 15 hour industry work days just to one day enjoy a little bit of luxury?
Tortured by her daughters' beauty and her competitive nature, she is but a woman who gave birth to many beautiful wage earners. Unable to keep up or cease aging, her gears whir into motion, desperate to DO something. Resulting in a series of plastic procedures; ranging from 'unfortunate' to 'not so bad' to 'could be an allergic reaction', the pain wears itself on her bloated features and increasingly short haircuts.
The soul lies under our skin, yet sometimes it sweats through it's cover, revealing itself in droplets of transparency.
The consistent motion of managerial meetings resists opportunities for the soul to touch and moisturize the chafing brutal exercises of labor that persist to keep it hidden.
How can mother be seen as mother when she is the wage manager?
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