Camera Crew in Tow, Khloe Kardashian Occupies City Hall. For the Children.

Photo by Anna Merlan
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Perhaps you've heard: Famous Person Khloe Kardashian lives in Dallas now. She spent her midday hours today over at Dallas City Hall, collecting toys for Children's Medical Center of Dallas. Joining her were some 2,000 other not-famous people, all of whom stood in an enormous line for a very long time for a chance to meet her. At the very head of that line was Ally Cochran, 20, a cheerleading coach who drove two hours from Mount Pleasant to get here at 5:30 a.m.

"I love the Kardashians," she told us. "Khloe's my favorite. She's 110 percent real and honest. I tend to have the same problem." Cochran stood with Amy Landers, 33, who owns the competitive cheer gym where she works. Both of them clutched a stack of books, some paper airplanes and a Rubik's Cube. They informed us that Khloe has five sisters, a brother and a line of unisex perfume called Unbreakable (they'd brought a bottle along for her to autograph).

A few moments later, a crew member got on the mic to exhort everyone to "Be respectful" and "Move through the line as fast as possible." A snaking line of TV cameras and photographers scurried into place as Kardashian appeared at the top of the escalator, flanked by Mayor Mike Rawlings. As they descended, the lobby erupted into a chorus of ear-piercing, dog-summoning, glass-shattering squeals. Wearing a leopard-print top and leather boots, Kardashian made her way the front of the room, where a table had been set up for her.

"Thanks so much for coming down," she told the crowd, leading to another round of squeals. Dallas, she had "has given us such an amazing warm welcome. The mayor has opened up this amazing City Hall for us."

Rawlings, dressed in a dark suit and looking a lot like he'd just gotten a haircut, handed Kardashian a Dallas Cowboys Monopoly special edition. "We hope you have a great time here in Dallas," he told her. "Go, Mavs."

"I love you!" someone screamed from the balcony.

"She is so pretty," someone else said tearfully.

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"She said hi to me! She said hi to me!" someone said breathlessly. The cheerleading coaches reappeared, fresh from their 30 seconds with Khloe and looking a little dazed. Dozens of people pressed up against the bank of windows behind Kardashian, cell phones in hand, busily snapping shots of the back of her head.

"This is gonna take until tomorrow," grumbled a camera guy. "They'll have to start serving hot meals."

But outside, there was bad news. A member of Khloe's crew made his way around the side of the building to inform the back of the line that they would likely not make in to see her. "The cutoff is up there," he said. A row of 19-year-old girls crossed their arms and stared at him silently. "Khloe appreciates it," he said helplessly. More silence. "This is all about the kids, right?"

Near the front of the building, the mood was jubilant. "I just touched Khloe Kardashian!" a teenage girl shrieked.

"I'm still shaking," confided her friend, wiping her eyes.

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A bike cop rolled by. "If you find my IQ, let me know, OK?" he told us.

"She's so skinny!" someone exclaimed, as they left clutching a photo.

Two or so hours later, Kardashian was still at it, looking only slightly wilted. Behind her, enormous wheeled carts had filled up with toys. "This is the best turnout we've ever seen," one of her crew members told us. He added that the Kardashian sisters have three books: Dollhouse, Kardashian Konfidential and a third whose title he couldn't remember. (We assume it's about macroeconomics.)

"Everybody cut in line," grumbled a long-haired, middle-aged dude in a Cowboys sweatshirt at the side of the building. He was there with his wife. "Just let 'em all come in and drop off their toy, so every kid gets to meet her and they don't go away disappointed." Nearby, a chant of "We want Khloe!" got underway. Someone waved a Texas flag.

Finally, when it was clear that there was no more Kardashian to go around, a crew member announced that Khloe would appear on the balcony of the building overlooking the fountain. People dashed headlong to get a good look; she waved a couple times and was gone. From the plaza, one last, long anguished howl of "Khloe!" went up from the crowd, before everyone broke for their cars.


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Lynne
Lynne

She is just a human being like you or like me.

Guest
Guest

Who cares what the motives of the people donating were? They donated toys to kids who might otherwise have nothing. Kids come from all over the country to get treated at Children's, and nothing makes their eyes light up like having a new toy to play with. Everyone needs to stop being so hateful.

Rooster
Rooster

Who's the long haired dude standing next to the mayor?....

Omar Jimenez
Omar Jimenez

This is sad, they all line up to see a nobody, but yet people don't line up to vote.

just sayin'
just sayin'

I normally dont wish harm on people, but I can honestly say that anyone that proudly claims to be a Kardashian fan should be killed.

Austinite
Austinite

This is embarassing for the residents of Dallas. I am from Austin and am living up here b/c of a job and I can't wait to go back. You would never see this shit go down in Austin. Khole could be walking down Congress and people wouldn't bat an eye. If she walked anywhere in Dallas she would be trampeled w/o her bodyguards. If Khloe is getting this much attention I couldn't imagine what a real celebrity would get up here.

Jillyjiller
Jillyjiller

Aren't these Kardashian vacuums the progeny of  OJ's Dream Team atty Robert Kardashian?  If so, I wonder why Johnny Cochran's offspring isn't famous for being famous yet.....

pencil
pencil

That crowd could repeat every minutia of this pseudo-celebrity's life, yet couldn't name the 57 states.

Nikki Taylor
Nikki Taylor

The sheer turnout here is a prime example of everything that's wrong with America today.

Top Down
Top Down

with the money she makes in one single episode she could have paid for every single toy donated. instead she got us common folk to buy the toys and donate them while she got some good pub

Anon
Anon

Her standing on the balcony reminded me of Evita Peron. Welcome to the future of our country - fascism by stupidity.

pencil
pencil

She looks like Monica Lewinsky.

JS
JS

I've had sex with cadavers that look better than this Kardashian.

Cactus1943
Cactus1943

Does the Mayor do parties?  I'm looking for a clown

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

I somehow failed to notice I'm in that video. Looking confused. 

DuckDuckGoose
DuckDuckGoose

Great to collect so many toys. Good for her and all involved in the event!

However "Famous Person Khloe Kardashian lives in Dallas now" could be edited to "Famous Person Khloe Kardashian will occasionally be in Dallas during the NBA season"

Granny
Granny

So...we have an AMAZING City Hall? Who knew?

MattL1
MattL1

Just to nip this one in the bud, all of the people who will argue that this was a really nice thing for her to do for the children of our fair city are correct.  The people who answer back and say that they have no idea why she is famous or why people would turn out in droves to see her are equally correct.  

Now, if Khloe (didn't think my spell check would like that) REALLY wants to endear herself to the Dallas folk, she could start commenting on Unfair Park.

Lynne
Lynne

that's true.....people in Austin, especially South Austin are looking for the best burger, the best taco and the coldest beer with the best music. Would only notice Khloe if she tried to cut in line.

Anon
Anon

'Austin people' don't move to Dallas for jobs. They just stay in Austin with really shitty jobs and no money and complain about people moving there from California. If you live in Dallas for any reason, you are dead to them.

And have you been to Austin recently? It is more Dallas than Dallas.

Austinite Who Knows Better
Austinite Who Knows Better

Psh...I went to school down in Austin and all the Austinites and college kids acted JUST. LIKE. THIS. when Real World Austin came to town.  Restaurants and bars and stores turned down music and up lights for filiming and signed contracts and releases and the crowds followed. Austinite's are not above this behavior.

3rd Wheel Marketing
3rd Wheel Marketing

Mmm hmm. We are all surprised you would condescend to work in our vapid little berg... maybe you should tear your ass back down 35. Take the trust fund crusty punks begging outside the 7-11 with you and release them back into their natural environment.

Lynne
Lynne

not as camera ready...............

Ed D.
Ed D.

To quote Joel McHale, "Kim Kardashian is famous for having a big ass and a sex tape." The latter got her a reality show on E!, the show made her whole family famous, and now they're all famous for being famous. But have you seen the reality shows being spewed out of Dallas right now? Keeping Up With the Kardashians is Masterpiece Theater compared to The A-List: Dallas or Cheaters.

Joker
Joker

imagine if it was Kim instead of Khloe. the crowd would have been 10 times bigger

Joker
Joker

well played Kloe, well played

Granny
Granny

Perfect analogy!

Granny
Granny

You're right! She does!

guest
guest

you are the worst reporter in the city of Dallas.

cp
cp

That's assuming she knows how to type. And read. 

Joker
Joker

i knew he was full of shit

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

And here I am without a speech prepared or anything! Boy, this is embarrassing. 

MattL1
MattL1

That hasn't stopped a lot of the people around here...

guest
guest

your parents must be so proud

Granny
Granny

Seems to be an epidemic of nastiness out there today!

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