For centuries, anthropologists will debate what caused the world to give the Kardashians millions for just being the Kardashians. No observable talent. No particular skill set. Just being wildly materialistic and superficial people. One person who does not appear particularly interested in exploring such anthropological questions is Good Day Orlando anchor John Brown who walked off his live program rather than participate in another Kardashian story. In the video below, Brown can be heard arguing about the value of the story of how Kylie Jenner has named a new pet bunny Bruce.
If this was a publicity stunt, it worked. The scene has propelled Brown into a hero for millions who see the Kardashians as the sentinels of the gateway to the American wasteland of television. What I find fascinating is that there is a certain obsession on both sides with those who adore the Kardashians and those who are fascinated by those who adore the Kardashians. If you come to television to watch the cultural car crashes, nothing is more apocalyptic than the Kardashians.
That fascination clearly has wore off for Brown who can be heard on the videotape below saying “Nobody cares about this family anymore!” He is then heard over his live mike saying “I’m having a good Friday, so I refuse to talk about the Kardashians!” He tell his co-anchor: “You are on your own, Amy. I can’t do it, I’ve had enough Kardashians! I can’t take any more Kardashian stories on this show!” The co-anchor Amy Kaufeldt seems shocked as says, “He left me.”
Brown was quickly replaced by a back up host, Rumba 1003 radio host and broadcast guest Jenny Castillo who played along like the Kardashian pet naming was really really interesting. Brown was still not convinced and can be heard saying “I don’t care about this family. I’m sick of this family. It’s a nonstory!”
Brown’s hero status was tarnished a bit when he later posted a video to Facebook of the outburst with an apology. It appears that the owners of the station cannot do without the Kardashians but they could do without Brown.