After the spectacle of a wedding and short-lived marriage of Kim Kardashian, there was great speculation that this was a case of unholy matrimony. Many believe Kim orchestrated the marriage for publicity and money, both of which she received in great quantities. It furthered the opinion that marriage is just one more thing the Kardashians will exploit to grow their empire.
If you believe Khloe Kardashian, this is not true. Recently Khloe and her husband, professional basketball player Lamar Odom announced they have suspended their reality show Khloe & Lamar until his basketball career is back on track. As an NBA fan I am well aware of Odom's disappointing performance after being traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Dallas Mavericks. He was asked to step away from the Mavs mid-season amid speculation that the reality show was a distraction. At this time his NBA future is uncertain.
Kardashian has said that stopping the show will mean less pressure on the couple. She said, "I'm a modern girl, but you should put your husband first, I like to think divorce is not an option." While I would never expect to be in the role of Kardashian-defender, I do think this is the right move. Although one can question the initial decision to subject a marriage to all that a reality show brings, at least Kardashian and Odom seem to be taking the step that may have helped other couples who tried to mix marriage and reality TV with disastrous results.