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Remember the days when people used to ask, "Who are the Kardashians, and why are they famous?" Ah, that innocent era! It's long gone now.
That family's notoriety is now such that the anchors of Saturday Night Live's 'Weekend Update' news desk can squeeze five punchlines out of one line of Kardashian news.
"Bruce and Kris Jenner confirmed this week that after 22 years of marriage, they're getting divorced," said Seth Meyers. "And if those two can't make it, that makes perfect sense." New coanchor Cecily Strong took it from there. Watch the clip below:
In Hollywood, dissing the Kardashians (and Jenners) -- with insults ranging from "idiotic" to "entitled"—has become something of a sport. And we know that they're bothered enough by it that they often feel the need to fire back. A genuinely hurt-seeming Bruce Jenner chided Jimmy Kimmel for the plastic surgery jokes made at his expense.
Kim Kardashian has publicly defended herself against insults from an array of celebrities, including Jon Hamm,
Ironically, each time a celebrity publicly wonders why these people are famous, they become even more famous. If achieving stardom was the Kardashians' goal, they've done it. But, unfortunately, they're famous for being tabloid targets and the punchlines of jokes. While Bruce Jenner used to be known for his Olympic medals and his Wheaties box portraits, he's now known by a new generation as the reality-TV dad whose plastic surgery adventures have left him the butt of jokes.
Of course, some might say fame is fame, and the nature of that fame is besides the point. Indeed, Kris Jenner's fame no doubt led to her dream-come-true -- her own talk show. But it wasn't enough to overcome the low ratings of the show itself, which was canceled after one season.
The 'Weekend Update' jokes were certainly harsh. But sadly this is the type of fame that the Kardashians have signed up for.
Jennifer Graham Kizer is an iVillage contributing writer. Follow her on Google+.