Just saw the commercial for Kendall's birthday special. In it, she says to Kris, "You keep making it bigger and bigger and I don't want this!" Kris looks extremely annoyed at the comment. While normally I'd not like a sixteen year old taking that tone with her mother, Kendall sounded as if she was so frustrated she didn't know how else to get her mother to listen.
Look, if the kid doesn't want her birthday turned into an E! Special, if she doesn't want to seem like the over-privileged brats on My Super Sweet Sixteen, maybe you should consider yourself fortunate. And it is her birthday party. If she wants something simpler, what's the problem? Personally, I wonder if, having seen the fallout from Kim's wedding, Kendall just doesn't want to be put in the position of being targeted as yet another Kardashian spending way too much on a party and/or getting paid to celebrate her own birthday. At sixteen, she may prefer not to face that kind of public heat, and if that's the case, who can blame her?
I wonder what will happen if Kylie and Kendall just don't want to go along with Momager Kris's plan for their lives to the same degree their older siblings have? They aren't, after all, Kardashians. They're Jenners. They were also pushed into the spotlight at much younger ages, before they really had any choice in the matter. Now that they're getting closer to legal adulthood, they may choose to go in other directions. I know they're both modeling now, but even that's more separate from the family business, unless they're modeling the Kardashian line, and so far as I know, they're not. They may even feel that being typecast as a "Kardashian" will help them as models, because it may make potential employers worry about them acting as if they're spoiled or privileged on set.
Oh, man, as I was writing this, I just saw some clips about the Kendall birthday party special on E! Seems that Kendall went to a children's hospital with sister Khloe and visited with a girl her own age who's fighting cancer. After that, she came home and told her mother that she didn't feel right having the big extravagant party her mother wanted to throw her when there were people her age facing such huge problems--that having such a party would make her look and feel over-privileged. Now I really hope she gets her way and has a smaller party and pushes her mother to donate the rest of what she had planned to spend to that hospital. If Kendall is compassionate and wise enough to recognize that there are far more important things in life than a fancy sweet sixteen party, then she should be commended for that.
In another clip, Bruce was insisting there would be no booze at the party, and Khloe and Kim were both protesting that it was her sweet sixteen. Uh, yeah--and drinking age is 21, isn't it? Seems to me it would be wise, especially if E! is televising the whole thing, not to be breaking the law. Kendall also approaches her father about getting a tattoo on the back of her neck, where, according to Kendall, it wouldn't show, and Bruce tells her no. Again, it seems reasonable to me. If she still wants a tattoo when she's eighteen and a legal adult, then, fine. She gets to make the decision. But tattoos are hard to get rid of, and teenagers tend to make impulsive decisions--and if she wants the same tattoo in the same place in two years, then it won't be an impulsive decision. Until then, there's always henna and other sorts of temporary tattoos she can have instead. For that matter, if she's serious about wanting to be a model, she might want to check with her agent about whether a tattoo is a good idea for a teenage model or not first.