According to an unconfirmed report from In Touch Weekly, Khloé Kardashian and Tristan Thompson are engaged, even though they've only reportedly been dating for two months, and the plans for a lavish, televised wedding are in full swing. The outlet claims to have an exclusive insider who says that "Khloé is delighted to be engaged and can't wait to tie the knot early next year." Meanwhile, another unnamed insider has stated that the rumors are false and no wedding is planned, let alone a reality TV one. I'm sure a statement from one or both of their reps will confirm the validity of this report shortly, but the sexist responses to the reports of Kardashian and Thompson's engagement are totally uncalled for, regardless of how you feel about the Kardashian clan.
Bustle has reached out to reps for Kardashian and Thompson for comment on this report, but has not yet received a response.
Social media users have been quick to weigh in and, although the skeptical responses are varied, there is one frustrating trend — a lot of people apparently believe that marrying Kardashian will lead to the demise of the Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star's career. Blaming a woman for how her partner's career fares is downright sexist and wrong. I'm no basketball expert, but I think I can safely say that marrying Kardashian will have zero effect on Thompson's ability to shoot hoops. Even more ridiculously, some people have posted that the possible marriage will bring bad vibes and karma to the entire team. I'm not even entirely sure what that's supposed to mean, but apparently the success of the Cavaliers now lies directly on Kardashian's shoulders.
Quick — Someone Tell These People No One Has Died
We may also want to mention to them that this line isn't quite as original as they seem to think.
No Moment Of Silence Necessary
Apparently Kardashian is also responsible for Thompson's mind, as well.
How In The World Will The Cavaliers Go On?
I'm not even going to try to figure out the logic behind this one.
Look, I know exactly what some people will say: Kardashian is a celebrity who voluntarily remains in the public eye — and, although this is true, it doesn't give anyone the right to hold her responsible for the success of a partner or future husband's career, regardless of whether or not she ends up marrying Thompson. All this does is further the sexist notion that when men fail, a woman must be to blame. By perpetuating this stereotype, it sends a message to women everywhere that once she becomes engaged, she should step aside and be sure to prioritize her husband's career — and, apparently the career of his colleagues, as well.
On the surface, comments like these appear to be harmless jokes and they don't necessarily come across as blatantly sexist. But subtle sexism is equally harmful, because it often seeps into our subconscious and affects our overall views. We know blatant sexism when we see it, and it prompts a swift and angry reaction from most of us. But implying that a woman (even if she happens to be a Kardashian and therefore someone people love to mock) is responsible for her partner's success is downright ridiculous and it sends the wrong message to girls and women who are already told often enough that they should be the ones to make sacrifices in relationships.