Khloé Kardashian’s new show ‘Revenge Body’ uses haters as motivation to get fit

One thing about those damn Kardashian girls is they know how to make a coin. Fresh off the heels of the cancellation of Kocktails with Khloé, Khloé Kardashian is stepping into the fitness reality show game with her new show Revenge Body. Because in her mind the contestants should “make haters our biggest motivators.” Oh, Khloé, dear.

The show’s first trailer opens with Khloé sharing her testimony of being the overweight kid and what she did about it. “I was always overweight as a kid,” she says. “If I was stressed out or sad I would eat. I had to learn how to then put all of my energy into something positive and healthy for me, which is how I fell in love with working out.” The camera pans to Khloé working out really hard in the gym right before we get to the drama.

The no-nonsense trainers are there to whip the participants into shape during what is supposed to be a transformational journey. “Did she say I don’t walk?” one of the trainer says to a contestant who brags that she doesn’t do walking. In some of the trailer’s sadder moments, contestants insult their own bodies. “I am almost a rectangle,” one woman says.

Khloé appears to be there to oversee it all. “Either buckle down and take it seriously or I’m just gonna have to drop you and get somebody new,” she says. But what would a reality show be without a happy, positive ending? “Who can legitimately say that their life was changed by a Kardashian?” a contestant asks. Khloé gives everyone makeovers for their final glo’ up stage before asking who their revenge bodies are for. Ex fiancés, moms, friends — you know, the usual.

If it’s not already clear, I side-eyed the hell out of this trailer for a few reasons.

Let’s start with this: Khloé was never really obese. If you’re comparing her to her naturally thin sisters, or judging her based on outdated European standards of beauty, then yes, overweight may be how you’d describe the old Khloé. She’s entitled to have the final say on whether or not she deemed herself overweight. All I know is that in a black household, she would’ve been considered thick or… average. It would’ve never been a topic of discussion. Alas, as much as the Kardashians appropriate black culture, they are not black. So maybe her weight was truly an issue in her household.

Scientists have major issues with weight loss shows like The Biggest Loser, so I can only imagine what they think about using revenge as motivation to get fit. I can hear the think pieces typing themselves. I’m curious what happens once you’ve met your fitness goals, proving to your “haters” your new body is #bodygoals. Do you toss all of the hard work to the side since now there are no more “haters” to seek revenge on? I’m no fitness expert or psychologist, but it seems like a faulty motivation.

The main reason the show’s premise irks me is because Khloé, like her big sister Kim, is really going to take the truth about that manufactured ass (and hips) to the grave when throwback photos tell the truth. Girl, stop playing. That body has been under the knife and you need to be honest about it if you’re going to help people lose weight.

Khloé has no doubt put in work in the gym. Her body has transformed. But Khloé’s weight struggles are in no way comparable to the people she’s trying to help on the show. Khloé has never had to purchase a seatbelt extender on an airplane. I highly doubt that people in stores or restaurants have rudely stared at her for being overweight. She also has the resources available to have a trainer at her beck and call, a personal chef, and a gym built into her home. Khloé’s life when she was overweight is nothing like the everyday lives of normal overweight people.

But let me swerve back into my lane. I wholeheartedly believe she has good intentions (and of course wants to collect another reality show check). Let’s just hope the people on the show seeking real help with their weight loss journeys get what they need.