The Internet was abuzz today with news of Playboy's apparently unprompted release of nude photos of Kim Kardashian from a 2007 photo shoot, which it put up this week on its creepily named "Cyber Club" website. Though the site is accessible to members only, which makes it even creepier, reports have been in heavy circulation that the reality star, who is basically famous on the basis of her frequent nudity, is somehow upset about the release of the photos, which she posed for. The source of the reports? One unaccredited quote from Radaronline.com.
Here's the quote, from Radar:
"Kim was really upset that the new photos were released," a source close to Kim exclusively told RadarOnline.com. "She freaked out that they were out there, she didn't think that they were going to be seen again."
You can tell it's credible from the comma splice. Furthermore, it's lovely to think it might be true. The ironic possibilities are endless: an insipid, no-talent celebrity who in 2007 suddenly rocketed into the spotlight in a perfect storm of nudity and tastelessness (the Playboy shoot, her infamous sex tape and Keeping up with the Kardashians all debuted that year), now butt-hurt that she's being objectified. Sad tears, all around.
It wouldn't be the first time. In August, she revealed to Allure that she felt the sex tape was "not my proudest moment," although we suspect history will reveal that it was, in fact, just that. In April, she also told Harper's Bazaar she regretted doing the Playboy shoot. Here's that priceless quote:
"I'm sorry I did Playboy. I was uncomfortable," she remembers, though at the time she was excited. "Go for it," she recalls her mother saying. "They might never ask you again. Our show isn't on the air yet. No one knows who you are. Do it and you'll have these beautiful pictures to look at when you're my age."
And the award for most unsettling reason to pose in Playboy ever goes to: Kim Kardashian's mother. Also of note: For that same Harper's Bizarre article, Kardashian posed nude.
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Still, the only reason to conclude Kardashian really was offended by Playboy releasing two-year-old photos it already shot is that one unnamed source -- which makes it, ahem, a little surprising that certain news organizations picked the story up at all (we're looking at you, Huffington Post).
Might she actually be embarrassed? Well, based on what she's said, there's evidence to suggest she might -- on the other hand, that would be to accept what she's said at face value; one suspects she might just feel obligated to pretend like she's embarrassed of her extremely public sexuality in order to avoid the appearance of being a complete slattern. Ineffectively, we might add.
Of course, the really sleazy nudity happened at the beginning of her career -- she doesn't have to actually have sex in front of a camera to get attention anymore (although she is still posing nude). Nevertheless, it's hardly a stretch of the imagination to think, if it came down to it, she'd do it again.