The recent divorce of Kim Kardashian from Former New Jersey basketball Player Kris Humphries ignited a firestorm of criticism, many pointing to the outrage of Kardashian ending her marriage after only 72 days.
Following the announcement that the reality TV star had filed for divorce after only a little over two months, Pastor Joel Johnson who presided over the couple’s wedding expressed dismay:
"Why would Kim do this? I would love to connect with Kim and try to pull the reigns back and redirect this energy in a more redemptive way," said the pastor of Westwood Church in Excelsior, Minn.
Kardashian faced a torrent of criticism, with some charging that she had made a mockery of marriage and others claiming that she staged her marriage to benefit from it financially. Kardashian was forced to issue a statement on her website to refute some of the allegations.
"There are also reports that I made millions of dollars off of the wedding. These reports are simply not true and it makes me so sad to have to even clarify this. I’m so grateful to everyone who took the time to come to my wedding and I’ll be donating the money for all the gifts to the Dream Foundation."
As for her marriage with Humphries, Kardashian said:
"First and foremost, I married for love. I can’t believe I even have to defend this. I would not have spent so much time on something just for a TV show! I share so much of my life on a reality show, that contemplating whether to even film my wedding was a tough decision to make, and maybe it turned out to not be the smartest decision."
Recently, in an appearance on MTV, actor Jonah Hill, the star of such films as “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”, “Superbad”, and “Get Him to the Greek”, said this about the Kardashian divorce:
"I feel duped a little bit because I was all connected with the wedding. I watched the two-hour special. I was with them on that journey."
Despite the much ballyhooed claim that 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce, the firestorm over Kardashian’s 72-day marriage split appears to indicate a still strong regard for the institution of marriage.