Los Angeles, CA - In American pop culture, the Kardashians have established themselves as the power family, dominating the business empire with their hit show, Keeping Up with the Kardashians, and their lifestyle and makeup brands. Despite their business and entertainment successes however, the Kardashians have been known as polarizing figures to the American public.
Speaking to the Washington Post, iconic singer Lionel Richie spoke out against the Kardashian-Jenner family on Wednesday.
Richie’s daughter, Sofia Richie, has been dating 35-year-old Scott Disick, known for his appearance on Keeping Up with the Kardashians, since May 2017.
Richie was spotted making an obscene gesture to paparazzi after being hounded outside of a the popular restaurant Sqirl about his daughter’s relationship with the older Kardashian associate.
Richie clarified the incident to the Washington Post, saying, “It’s hard for any father to see his daughter date, but it’s even more disappointing to see her date a Kardashian. No father wants their daughter associated with such a vicious and over-privileged family.”
He continued, saying, “We need to take the Kardashians off the air… They’re the reason this country is so divided.”
He cited controversial tweets posted by Kanye West, husband of Kim Kardashian, and said that West “killed funk and soul… [West is] like the Dementor of music… [he is] a giant bobblehead person.”
A petition with over 10,000 signatures has been started by fans of the singer, calling on the E! Network to pull the hit show.
Representatives from the Kardashian family declined to comment.