In tumultuous times like these, it can be beneficial to indulge in a bit of escapism by reflecting on a less complicated era, when we relied on simpler pleasures to keep us entertained.
So please, journey with us back to 2003:
That was the year that the Kim Kardashian sex tape made us all believe that you don't need talent to become wildly famous - just a dream, an impossibly huge ass, and a mom whose willing to do anything to show the world that she's more than just O.J.'s bestie's ex-wife.
While Kim may have moved on long ago, and seems to really wish we'd all stop talking about the footage that made her a household name, her co-star is still more than happy to discuss what is arguably the most famous porn ever made.
(Our apologies to both Debbie and Dallas.)
Ray J has promoted the sex tape in several interviews, and while he has his own career going on (The former recording artist is a regular on VH1's Love & Hip Hop.), he seems like he'd still sign a copy of the Kim K. Superstar DVD if you approached.
Mr. J was asked about the tape in a recent interview with Heat magazine, and while they're aren't too many new details to reveal these days, he did confirm some long-held suspicions about how it came to be an Internet sensation.
“I only did my part [in making her famous],” he said.
“As a man I tried to play my part in the situation … If you’re intelligent you can read between the lines.”
So yeah, sounds like more of Ray J confirming that the tape was not so much "leaked" as released in a coordinated effort to boost Kim's public profile.
He also went to reaffirm that releasing the sex tape was Kris Jenner's idea.
“Kris was totally involved in arranging the sale of Kim’s tape,” Ray J said.
But if that sounds like shade-throwing, it's not:
Ray J went on to praise Kris as a “real, true hustler."
Though he's basically made a second career out of spilling Kim's secrets, Ray says there's no bad blood between him and his ex.
“Kim was just a ball of energy, always someone who was ready to have a good time all the time," Ray tells the magazine.
We're sure Kanye agrees...
...though he'd probably wishing Ray would just shut up at this point.