Kendall & Kylie's Music Videos Are Just Like J.D. Salinger Stories (Seriously)

Kendall and Kylie are the youngest and currently the most vital of the Kardashian/Jenner empire. Certainly they’re the loudest, with Kim settling deeper into family life (when she’s not annihilating Taylor Swift’s credibility) and Khloé seeing her talk show go the way of the dodo bird. But did you know they used to make music videos?

They totally did. But only five. They’re like the J.D. Salinger of music videos, basically. Start strong and then fade away. If you’re keeping score, they’re currently in the phase of life where they retire to Massachusetts and carry on inappropriate relationships with young fans. That’s where Tyga comes in.

In keeping with that totally unforced analogy, we’ll be comparing their music videos to J.D. Salinger books and stories.

Tall Girl, which is set to John Legend’s “Green Light” is the Catcher in the Rye. Kendall is walking around on someone else’s shoulders. They’re shrouded in a trench coat, but she’s pretending to be this big adult. Inside, however, she’s just a girl. Just like Holden Caulfield. Don’t investigate that analogy further.

Advertisement

Firework, soundtracked to Katy Perry’s “Firework,” is clearly Franny and Zooey. Two young siblings of obvious precocity show off, drawing various people into their orbit. The final scene, in which Bruce is held up by the sisters, is like the final revelation of Seymour’s dark secret. They’re carrying the burden of their patriarch the whole time. This is deep, just go with it.


“Keepin up with Kendall and Kylie- We keep up!” is a lot like “Uncle Wiggily in Connecticut” from Nine Stories. It’s like that in that it’s silly, not very good, and features the surprise death of a character at the end. In “Uncle Wiggily,” the death is Jimmy’s. In the music video, it’s the laptop’s.


“Better Than Revenge” is an amazing cover of a Taylor Swift song. “A Perfect Day For A Bananafish” is a story in which a man talks to a child, talks to his wife, and then shoots himself in a shock ending. That young man, Seymour Glass, is Taylor Swift. The child is the Jenner/Kardashian children. And obviously the gun is Kim.

Advertisement

“Super Bass” is like the J.D. Salinger story “Teddy,” also from Nine Stories. “Why?” you ask. Well, they’re both on boats. Boom, did it.

Advertisement

More from Pop Culture

The Final Five are national treasures. They're basically a collection of perfect, perfectly happy humans. And who wouldn't be, especially after turning in ...
Earlier this week, Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts announced their separation, ending their 11-year relationship. Their split tears at our freshly mended ...
Nick Jonas has already gone solo musically, but it seems he'd now like to do the same in his personal life. The single JoBro told Los Angeles ...
Jeb Bush has been a Florida governor and a presidential candidate. His latest gig? Comedian, apparently. In an opening sketch for the Emmys, Jimmy ...
Justin Bieber's presence is requested in Florida, but, unfortunately for him, not by his fans. According to TMZ, a judge has ordered Bieber to come back...
Another week of Fantasy Football means another week of triumph, or in my case, heartbreak. My team, Good Better Besser, lost again this week. And to add ...
Single? Find yourself a John Legend. The man knows exactly what to say when his wife, model and social media guru Chrissy Teigen is brought up. In his ...
Justin Theroux is one year into his union with Jennifer Aniston, and he's happily married. His secret to success: kindness. The Girl on the Train star ...
Jennifer Garner's most important alias of the past decade has definitely been her role as a mother. The 44-year-old has three children (Violet, 10, ...
Rob Kardashian and Blac Chyna aren't broken up after all, y'all. They just are a experimenting with living in separate homes until the baby arrives, ...
Kim Kardashian West was assaulted on the street in Paris yesterday by Vitalii Sediuk. The serial celebrity stalker grabbed Kardashian's leg and tried to ...
We can't keep track anymore. First Taylor Swift and Calvin Harris were together. Then they broke up and Taylor started dating Tom Hiddleston while Calvin ...
Are you sick of hearing about the Taylor Swift-Kimye feud? Yeah, so is Kim Kardashian. The reality star and business mogul has had tension with Swift ...
As her husband Jay Z likes to remind us, "B.K. is from Texas." It's fitting, then, that Beyoncé's home state is paying homage to her groundbreaking work...