After nine seasons of watching the “reality” show Keeping Up With The Kardashians, blogger Mariah Smith began to suspect that certain aspects of the program might be manufactured. Convinced she needed to do something to manage her addiction to the continuity-compromised family of PR-happy camera hounds, Smith sensibly decided to immerse herself still further into The Kardashians. And thus, the Keeping Up With the Kontinuity Errors Tumblr was born.
In an interview with Business Insider, Smith admits that she can watch an episode as many as four times, and spends up to 12 hours picking it apart for her Tumblr. Explaining that she is a Kardashians superfan (an affinity she has in common with Kardashian family members), Smith is quick to point out that while she spends hours obsessively exposing the show’s fabricated timeline, the compulsive nitpicking is an act of devotion.
“I never want it to be taken as me bashing them, like never,” Smith says. “But I feel like people deserve to know the truth. What they’re presenting as real isn’t real at all, but we can still watch and enjoy.” Smith’s love for The Kardashians is as obvious as the artifice inherent in the program’s every aspect.
How does Smith bust bad Kardashian kontinuity with such kareful exactitude? Her secret is mining the glacial till of composting social media that is left in the wake of the Kardashian family’s every move. The near-real time stream of Kardashian selfies and paparazzi pics meld together to form a temporal flow of timestamped moments, a.k.a. “The Kardashianverse,” which Smith can cross-reference against show footage. From here, she pieces together when The Kardashians actually filmed specific scenes, as opposed to the disingenuous timelines the show relies upon to present its fraudulent situations and inauthentic relationships.
Smith also boasts a photographic recall for Kardashian social media postings—a skill rendered irrelevant by the existence of searchable social media image feeds. Asked if this ability is limited to the Kardashians, Smith laughs. “Honestly, it is, and that’s been really unfortunate,” Smith replies, confirming one of the ways that Keeping Up With The Kardashians can be unfortunate.