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I'm Holdin' out for a Backlash!

by C. Reagan (writer), WEST HOLLYWOOD, February 17, 2007

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It seems with each hour in Hollywood, a new feud, cat-fight, addiction or “immoral act” is revealed and broadcast to the masses in a matter of seconds. These days, it’s easier than ever to stay up-to-date on what hottest gossip is rocking the movers and shakers of the entertainment world. Gossip blogs, YouTube, Television News, gossip magazines, Tabloid T.V., talk shows, newspapers and, yes, still even the old stand-by: word of mouth have made it virtually impossible for any “It” girl to have a drink without the media demanding her to check into rehab.

Of course, this is all old news. It has become a standard to have a top story on the eleven o’clock news feed into our celebrity obsessed culture instead of informing the public of developments in Iraq or North Korea. Dozens of television shows like “Extra”, “The Daily Ten”, “Access Hollywood” and “E-News” devote themselves to regurgitating daily celebrity news over and over again.

But how much is too much? Will Americans soon grow tired of the antics of Britney and Lindsay? Is a gossip backlash a brewin’?

To be honest, I am a gossip guzzler. I read the blogs, scour the magazines and turn up the volume on the news when any “American Idol” tid-bit is mentioned.

But, in the last few months, I have become increasingly embarrassed to be seen reading publications like Us Weekly. I close the window when someone sees Perezhilton.com splashed across my desktop. I roll my eyes as Ryan Seacrest teases an upcoming segment about Anna Nicole’s death.

What has happened to me?

I’ve started to hate the media for making me see and hear these stories constantly. Living in Hollywood and seeing the paparazzi stalk even the most remote of celebrity makes my skin crawl. But, the Anna Nicole Smith death coverage has been the icing on my backlash cake.

Let’s face it. Anna was an enigma to plenty of people. Most of us loved to hate her. She was a white trash stripper who somehow found fame, fortune and TrimSpa, baby. Her son’s death, her baby’s birth and her “relationships” intrigued us and made us wonder what could possibly be going on in her big blonde head.
But, does anyone deserve to be as publicly drug through the mud as she has been after her death? It is disgusting how viewers salivate over coverage of the court proceedings, with dozens of lawyers practically drooling and rubbing their claws together over the money that MAY be her estate, the man who MAY be the father of her child and the rights to the body that MAY be a big hoax.

Can the footage of her corpse being wheeled into the back door of the hospital be aired a few more times? When will we grow tired of this soap opera and move on to the next?
As Britney enters rehab, Paris is involved in a new sex scandal and another new blonde bombshell moves into Anna Nicole’s vacant spot light, the world becomes a little more detached from reality. Every attempt to make these icons into a public, identifiable figure results in losing more of their real personalities.

Some would argue that this is the price of fame. That losing the true self to a character that is created by the mainstream media can only be expected when making millions of dollars more than most.

But who is really winning in the game of celebrity? With the creation of these unattainable, party-girl and guy personas and their inevitable projection into homes all around the globe, what can be said to those viewers that can’t separate the icon from the individual? Will it be harmful for a new generation looking for inspiration from these creations and met only with crotch shots, vacant stares and addiction?

Luckily, some heavy hitters are providing an excellent counter to the trashy celebrity overkill. People like Ellen Degeneres, America Ferrera, Jennifer Hudson, T.R. Knightly and Tyra Banks are showing the public that you can become iconic without becoming a tragedy.


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By C. Reagan on February 17, 2007 at 06:22 pm
I just wanted to point out that I too think the term "idol" or "icon" is thrown around too much. My point was that some people, though "C-listers" to many, who become celebrities, can strive to become icons to young people by voicing their opinions and trying to make a difference. I think that "Tubby Tyra" should be respected for making a stand about women's rights and self image. My definition of iconic isn't "famous". I would say that an icon stands true only in the eyes of those who believe in it. To me, people who use their "famous" status for things that make a difference are icons in some form. Sorry if I butchered the English language, dawg.
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By Annonymous on February 28, 2007 at 09:56 am
Wow. I'm sorry C, but before I comment on your OPINION piece, I must comment on El G's little 10th grade-worthy debate piece. Hello El G. You know, when I was in high school, I too would reach for the thesaurus when writing three paragraph essays. I too TRIED to seem like I was part of the upper-eshelon of my peers. But why criticize someone's piece so much, and then circum to idiocracy when writing your lame attempt to quote street slang. You almost had a point. Next time, try not to use big words, and please do not bore me with such rubbish as the downfall of the English language. (sidenote: I did take into account that you apologized for your comment.) NOW-- Job well done C. I think you are in the fore-front of the American public when you say that there will indeed be a day when this is looked at as sad, un-newsworthy journalism. I cannot believe there are still people out there that say "Perez? What's that?? and How do you know what L. Lo did last night?" It seems like we have been tearing through the rags for years. Sigh. Keep up the good work, D
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