By Tim Kenneally
(TheWrap) — Never mind Occupy Wall Street: here’s a grass-roots movement that might really affect the country for the better.
An online petition is demanding that “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” be removed from the air — and there doesn’t seem to be any shortage of public support for it.
The “No More Kardashian” petition, which is posted at GoPetition.com, is collecting signatures, which petition author Cyndy Snider is planning to eventually send to E! Online in hopes of having “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” pulled from the airwaves.
The petition reads,
“Dear E! Online,
We are respectfully requesting that your network find other shows to air.
‘Keeping up with the Kardashians’ is just not viewing that we the public, would like to see from your network. Enough is enough.
I am asking people to sign a petition that will be forwarded to E! Online to request that the show, ‘Keeping up with the Kardashians,’ ends.”
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The petition, which was posted Nov. 2 — days after Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from her husband, NBA player Kris Humphries, after just 72 days — has collected nearly 150,000 signatures so far. That might be a drop in the bucket compared to “Keeping Up’s” substantial viewership, but Kardashian haters can take hope — perhaps from this tiny acorn, a mighty oak will grow.
The Kardashians — specifically, middle sister Kim — have been under fire in recent weeks following her abrupt split from Humphries, which led many to believe that the marriage was a sham. But according to petition author Snider, her exasperation with the program goes deeper than recent events.
” We feel that these shows are mostly staged and place an emphasis on vanity, greed, promiscuity, vulgarity and over-the-top conspicuous consumption,” the statement reads, referring to the suite of Kardashian shows.
“While some may have begun watching the spectacle as mindless entertainment or as a sort of ‘reality satire,’ it is a sad truth that many young people are looking up to this family and are modeling their appearance and behavior after them.”
The statement adds, “There is no particular religious or political platform behind our disgust; we are just finally fed up.”
Those wishing to sign the petition may do so here.
In other Kardashians news, Kim Kardashian and the magazine Marie Claire ended up with some egg on their faces with the release of the publication’s December issue.
In the cover story about her, Kardashian — in an interview obviously conducted prior to the dissolution of her marriage — rhapsodizes about her relationship with Humphries, gushing, “I feel like where we’re at right now is the best time in my life.”
What’s more, the reality TV princess defends her and Humphries’ dash to the altar after dating for a short time.
“We felt like, ‘Why wait?’” Kardashian reflected.
Ouch — ain’t lead time a bitch?