It was so bad, it almost killed Kim Kardashian West’s hunger for fame. Now that’s saying something…
So much has happened over the past twelve months that it’s impossible to even find a suitable point at which to begin the argument. The celebrity world was shaken by the deaths of Sir Alan Rickman, David Bowie and Prince; not to mention that Demi Lovato quit music, Selena Gomez and Kendall Jenner quit Instagram, and Kim Kardashian was held at gunpoint… An event that almost killed Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
I don’t really care much for the latter, just to be clear. But you have to admit that it takes a pretty spectacularly crappy year to kill the Kardashian’s quasi-insatiable lust for fame.
Muhammad Ali died. So did Leonard Cohen, Andrew Sachs and Gene Wilder. Blackberry stopped making phones while Apple experienced a drop in iPhone sales. Harambe was murdered. Brexit happened, Britons had no clue about what the EU actually stands for and Jo Cox was martyred for the cause. Donald Trump became the President of the United States, even though Hillary Clinton won the popular vote by over 2.6 million votes. Nigel Farage was named the most powerful man in world politics, following his endorsement of Trump and an active role in Brexit. TV was shocked by the Great British Bake Off moving to Channel 4 and that Mary Berry, Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc had quit.
Someone vandalised Ġgantija and claimed ‘stupidity’ as the excuse; the Azure Window was filmed crumbling at a crazy rate; Għaqda Patrijotti Maltin announced they’d be running for the election. It’s just too much! Oh, and Fidel Castro died, too. And we had a plane crash in Malta. And Syria is bleeding.
So much has happened this year that a survey showed that 90% of Twitter users experienced anxiety every time they saw a celebrity’s name trending on the platform between February and August. It may seem petty, but that number is staggering.
I mean, fine, in the great scheme of things, 2016 may not have actually been that bad. At least we didn’t have an outbreak of bubonic plague that would go on to kill one out of every two people we know within seven years, as happened in the 1330s. Or the beginning of a world war that would annihilate almost a whole generation, as happened in 1914. But, there’s little doubt that 2016 will live on in our hearts and minds as a year that shattered us.
At this point, all we can hope for is that 2016 won’t take Betty White or David Attenborough from us. This year just needs to end basically.
Was 2016 really that bad a year?
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