Reality Bits: Rob Kardashian’s Revenge Porn, ID’s Crime Porn

Rob Kardashian’s New Problem

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Back in January 2016, when Rob Kardashian got together with Blac Chyna, I assumed that Rob, the emotionally troubled member of the K Klan, had simply finally figured out how to play the K Klan game; after all Chyna was the ex of his sister Kylie Jenner’s on-again, off-again boyfriend the “rapper” Tyga. How delish! How promising for #Reality storylines!

And sure enough, by September, the couple were launching their stand alone Reality show  Rob & Chyna, which followed their relationship and birth of their daughter Dream Renée Kardashian. Their storyline was also kept alive on KUWTK, where the sisters and Satan’s handmaiden, Kris, kept the story alive by beefing about the pairing (somehow Tyga dating the underaged Kylie was less offensive that the Sock King dating Tyga’s ex).

By December 2016, the couple had split (so much for a second season) and, since then, Rob has beefed on and off on social media about Chyna’s apparent infidelity. This whining took an uptick on June 5 per Rolling Stone …

On Wednesday, Kardashian launched into a tirade against Chyna on Instagram, starting with a short video clip of the Lashed Bar founder kissing another man while staring into the camera. Kardashian accused his ex of sending the video to him on the Fourth of July to taunt him.

Today Chyna sent me a video after I just bought her 250K of jewelry and she sends me this video… of another man in our bed pic.twitter.com/3rE4luXilJ

— ROBERT KARDASHIAN (@robkardashian) July 5, 2017

“What a crazy person. Come spend time with your daughter instead of fucking me and then this dude right after,” he captioned the clip. “U need help.” From there, Kardashian continued posting images to Instagram, this time NSFW nude photos of Chyna, including images of her butt, genitals and breasts.

Now this, as even the most social media illiterate should know, constitutes revenge porn, which is illegal in two-thirds of U.S. states, including California. Per People ..

Kardashian’s decision to post several intimate photos of his ex-fiancée was more than just poor taste; it was also illegal. According to celebrity attorney Lisa Bloom, revenge porn is about “an assertion of control and dominance” and is often done “in the way that we always humiliate women: about their bodies.”

“This is sort of the classic, quintessential revenge porn,” says Carrie Goldberg, attorney and founder of Internet abuse and sexual consent firm C. A. Goldberg, PLLC. “Rob has made the work of a prosecutor or a victim’s attorney quite easy so far as to even post about the very motive behind his outrageous act of posting these private and nude photos of his ex.”

She adds that “the allegation of infidelity does not give someone the right to seek revenge in such a devastating way.”

So now Rob is facing potential jail time and could be sued by Chyna for millions.

Back in January 2016 I thought that Rob and Chyna’s hookup was a just cynical attention grab that paid off with a Reality TV show. Turns out that Rob was, probably, actually thinking with his–ahem–heart and not his mind, and actually assuming that what we thought was just a Reality TV hookup, was, well, actually real.

So, post-breakup, he’s for-real hurt and for-real acting out. And now he’s for-real in legal trouble.

*****

Contemplating Crime Porn

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A sometime (and extremely welcome) contributor to Farfromrealitytv, lowbudgetfun, brought to my attention an article from postperspective.com. Written by “a 30-year editing veteran” who has worked on true crime content, it expressed the author’s ambivalence about what is referred to in the industry as “crime porn.”

As an editor, I have reveled in piecing together a masterful scene of death, destruction and raw basic emotion, using the sexiest techniques, tools and visual effects, the best-shot angles, sound effects and the entire arsenal of tricks modern technology has afforded me as an editor. And when I finally sit back, after hours of finessing and watch with objective eyes a scene I’ve just cut that frightens, builds suspense and tension and feels like an action movie, I know have done my best job to deliver the goods and satisfy the juices… but maybe have just lost a little more of my humanity in the process.

The author goes on to write that after coming to this troubling realization, s/he actually traveled out to visit the location of one of the crimes. There, s/he …

…offered my prayers and even asked for a bit of forgiveness for glamorizing their story, and I promised to be more aware in the future. Then I got into my car and returned to my relatively normal life.

Post this experience, the editor started doing more background research on the victims of the crimes. S/he expresses the hope that by doing so s/he will be more able to respect those victims in the work.

This editor’s motives are evidently good. However, regardless of how s/he attempts to honor the victims, the fact is that true crime stories remain an extremely successful–and inherently exploitative–genre and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future. In fact, the target audience for a channel like Discovery ID is women between the ages of 18 and 45 and, though I have always avoided working in true crime (partly because the job requires looking at crime scene images and videos and I am way too much of a pussy for that), it is one of the few Reality genres that I do consume. I guess that makes me an easy target.

In my case, my obsession with the genre is tied to my desire to see the horrors of the world contained. This is why I only watch the so-called “solved” cases (even though with the advent of DNA testing many have been “unsolved”). This same desire for closure is what makes me a good Reality storyteller. As for the other ladies who consume Crime Porn, we’ll have to delve into their psyches in another post!

 

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