We’ve all heard the saying, “one person’s trash is another’s treasure…”, well apparently it has become just that. Hollywood’s trash has become society’s treasures. This is ever present in the case of the motley crew of rich celebutantes who have defaced and stripped the once glitzy and alluring city with all its class and wonderment and turned it into a cheap version of the Bunny Ranch which even Ron Jeremy wouldn’t dare touch.
Unfortunately, the new wave of brat pack known as Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan and the rest of this booze (and bodily fluid) stained crew have officially gotten our attention and brought our society to an all time low. But why are we so intrigued with reading about them in the tabloids? Why are we so hungry to hear their dimwitted thoughts and unqualified opinions on television interviews? Why are we so excited to catch them in yet another episode of, “I’m drunk and crashed my car” or “I forgot to wear panties”, that we fail to note that the consequences of these abhorrent actions leave a scar with those young teens and tweens who think this is the way the world spins. Are we that in need of entertainment that we forget to see who this is really damaging?
For many, the infatuation with these celebutantes is purely that - infatuation. They are in awe of these individuals and what they get away with. It is that air of danger that lures them in, a sort of unruly nature that we all longed for or participated in while growing up. But the rebellious nature of today is not anything like the rebellious nature of yesterday. Sure there was always the problem of drugs and drinking and the hint of underage sex present in the past 30 years. But it was never as hardcore or at the extreme form that we are witnessing today. Back then, there was still a sense of right and wrong and moral judgment most often than not prevailed. Unfortunately these days the notion of “a little rebellious fun” gets taken to a whole new level. When we are exposed to Britney’s fearless night out sans the knickers, or a car with a drunken passed out Lindsay, or Paris and her infamous video in night vision, we forget that our world is now the Internet where millions of young girls and boys itching for their fifteen minutes of fame will stop at nothing to emulate this Hollywood trash for a shot at their own name in world wide web lights and infamy. Whether it’s underage stripping, masturbation or prostitution, the almighty Web has got it all and it is not afraid to exploit your so called “rebellious” teen to the unforgiving volatile world and a desperate pool of sex offenders.
While for others, they are obsessed with these misguided celebutantes lives for the undeniable satisfaction of waiting to see these delinquents at failure and humiliation. These wealthy spoiled rich kids love to parade around boldly breaking the law and throwing it back in our less unfortunate faces. They love to buy the $5000 purse, the $57,000 bed and the $1000 bottle of champagne while the paparazzi snaps away, but behind closed doors they still demand expensive freebies such as iPods, roundtrip plane tickets to exotic islands and extravagant award show gift baskets. So while we all watched the spectacle circus that was Paris going to jail, it wasn’t the fact that she was a Hilton or among the wealthy that we all cheered. In fact, it had everything to do with how defiant she was in breaking the law and spitting on morality. She was the one quoted as saying that she had been pulled over by Police simply because she was “hot”. In the face of this claim, justice has prevailed for the 84% of the population who doesn’t live the “hot” Hilton life. This slap to the face sends a clear message to the rest of this group of raunchy and reckless waste who think they can buy their way out of a bad situation. It also sends a clear message to those young up and coming teens that may see the reprimand as a sign that these celebutantes lifestyles are not as glamorous and neither is participating in a sex tape.
It’s no surprise that even Hollywood is fed up, smartening up and even throwing out this garbage. Why else would there be no real actor or celebrity coming to Paris, Lindsay, or Britney’s defense? Is it because they know it’s not worth the trouble? Is it because Hollywood’s elite is officially tired of the antics that have made a joke of the once mighty Tinsel town? Just as Hollywood royalty has taken this opportunity to not give them any attention and throw out its scraps, society should as well.
But is this being too cruel as a culture, to kick a man or woman when he’s down? Is our judging of these Hollywood celebutantes just an example of modern day witch trials? It seems for now, the public has spoken and they too are fed up with this once unstoppable posse gallivanting around town, proclaiming to be untouchable and winking their way out of sticky situations. In the real world, real people have to pay for their mistakes. And with Paris going to jail, Lindsay’s absent movie career and Britney’s meltdown, these consequences have to be taught and lessons in ethics conveyed to those wide eyed young admirers who long to be the next Paris, Lindsay or Britney.