Homelessness & Kim Kardashian – What’s On My Mind!

Since most of the guests I wanted to book on my weekly Mingle Media TV show Life After Kids TV were out of town, presumably getting in the last of their summer vacation time, I did a solo stint on my weekly show. And as many of you who know me and love me know, I have no problem holding my own in a solo conversation.

So for today’s show, I did an abridged half-hour version of LAK and decided to talk about what was on my mind.  One of the topics that’s becoming nearer and dearer to my heart is the subject of homelessness.  As some of you may already know, I am working with MurphyUSA’s campaign to help homeless advocate, Mark Horvath of Invisible People.  I am writing posts for their consumer-facing site, Cheap Gas Blog weekly  as a way to telling Mark’s story from his Road Trip 2011 and hopefully build an audience of supporters for his cause and others like it.  If you want to know more, please check out their site.

So as I have been watching many of Mark’s reports from the road, you’d have to be cold-blooded not to be affected by the stories of these invisible people.  So, needless to say, watching all the news coverage of Kim Kardashian’s wedding over the top ceremony had put me in a foul mood.  It’s just getting harder and harder for me to watch shameless displays of wealth while to many others in our great United States can barely support themselves or their families and almost 70o,ooo people are homeless today.  Staggering and sobering statistics that continue to climb as our economy falters.  But that’s another topic for another rant.

Perhaps I am being overly sensitive since I have been immersed in the plight of the homeless, but I don’t think so, especially since it’s been reported that most of the six million dollar tab was “donated” by the various vendors for the publicity.  So here’s someone who makes a very lucrative living off her endorsements et al. who’s marrying a well-paid athlete and they could have certainly afforded to pay, but they don’t have to!  Oh the excess of it all, including her Judith Leiber custom purses she gave to her bridesmaids. Leiber’s regular line of clutches retail in from approximately 2 – 4 thousand, God knows how much those kustom krystal klutches cost…or did Ms. Kardashian get those, like many other items from her wedding, “donated” for free?

I don’t think we’ll ever find out and it really is a moot point.  In any event, I think a gesture toward charity would’ve softened the blow of this shameless display of excess.  Even Prince William and bride-to-be Kate Middleton had the good sense to ask that people make donations in lieu of wedding gifts.  I don’t know about you, but that fact made it easier to watch the pomp and circumstance of their nuptials.

What do you think?  Am I off base or right on target?

Why not have a look at the show below and let me know what’s on your mind – whether you agree or disagree – it’s always great to have a conversation about the things we care about! And don’t forget to tune in again next week on Thursday at 8pm ET/5pm PT for the next “Life After Kids” and if you sign up for a FREE Stickam account you can chat with me live!

Thanks and have a great week!