It seems with each hour in Hollywood, a new feud, cat-fight, addiction or â€œimmoral actâ€ is revealed and broadcast to the masses in a matter of seconds. These days, itâ€™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 â€œItâ€ 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 oâ€™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 â€œExtraâ€, â€œThe Daily Tenâ€, â€œAccess Hollywoodâ€ and â€œE-Newsâ€ 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 brewinâ€™?
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 â€œAmerican Idolâ€ 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 Nicoleâ€™s death.
What has happened to me?
Iâ€™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.
Letâ€™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 sonâ€™s death, her babyâ€™s birth and her â€œrelationshipsâ€ 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 Nicoleâ€™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 canâ€™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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Copyright © 2010 C. Reagan
I'm Holdin' out for a Backlash!
Copyright © 2010 C. Reagan
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