For the Kardashians, a family made of people who do pretty weird things on a regular basis, their latest hijinks are exceptionally strange. You're probably well aware that Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian, and Kanye West have spent the better part of the past week in Armenia, honoring their ancestors as they travel in remembrance of the Armenian genocide, but someone else was on the trip, too: the ever elusive Rob. Not in body, though. Not even, really, in spirit. In cardboard form. Yep, Kim Kardashian carried a cardboard cutout of Rob around Armenia. And by "cutout," I mean a picture of his head on a stick. This is real. This has happened.
In the past couple of years, it's no secret that Rob has tried to isolate himself from the spotlight as he struggles with trying to get control of his rapid weight gain and his alleged depression, and for that I can't blame him. Being on a reality show like Keeping Up With the Kardashians has to be stressful enough for people with awesome self-esteem and perfect mental health, let alone someone who really doesn't need to deal with the criticism of strangers. But whether Rob made this head-only appearance by his own request or not, can we all agree that it's a little creepy to see Kim casually walking down the street with her brother on a stick like some sort of carnival snack?
Why is she doing this? What's going on? I have so many questions and no answers. In fact, Kim may never explain what's up with this, so it's up to me to figure out what on earth is going through her head with this situation.
She's bringing Rob along for photos
This is the most obvious answer. He couldn't make the trip for whatever reason, so Kim's taking pictures of him at various landmarks, pretending like he was. Probably sending the pictures to the group chat she and her family obviously share that I would pay any amount of money to be included in. Sisterly love and all that. How boring. Sweet, but boring.
She's playing a joke on him
Kim's admitted that she's tired of the family handling Rob with kid gloves lately, so maybe if he backed out of the trip like he tends to do lately, she decided he was going anyway, whether he liked it or not.
He pissed her off, so she beheaded him
I'm just saying, don't compare your sister to Amazing Amy from Gone Girl if you don't want to deal with the consequences.
It's a stunt for the show
I am halfway convinced the entire Kardashian family is PhD level smart and they act like they're not for ratings. This would certainly be one of those times where they do something crazy to keep fans interested. "Oh, look at that silly Kim," we'll all say when the episode airs. "She carries around Rob on a stick. Isn't that delightful?" And then, E! will renew their contract for 10 more seasons.
She's always had the cut out, we just didn't notice
Rob's never been on the show once. In fact, we've never seen him. He's just been a cardboard cutout the whole time, and now, for the first time, we've realized it's all a sham. We were too distracted by the family's beauty to notice at first, but now, we cannot un-see it.
Rob is slowly easing his way back into the public
He's finally decided he's ready to rejoin his family in the limelight, but he wants to take it a step at a time. First step: Cardboard head. Next step: Cardboard body. Final step: Actual human Rob.
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