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by Spotlight Mike

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Famous for Being Famous

Famous for Being Famous

The World gasped in horror at the news of the divorce of Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries, a marriage that lasted all of 72 days. Tabloids sear the news of Redman, the mytholical fiance of Oprah Winfrey. Richard Hatch spends t his time in jail - and the headlines. And has Snooki lost weight?

Why do we care?


The word conjures up the best table in the restaurant, special suites in hotels, and paparazzi dogging your every step. Celebrity gets you in closed stores, and the World hangs on your every word. What is the allure of Celebrity. More important, why do we give certain people power over opinions - what you wear, what you eat, what you watch, and like lemmings, we follow them like the gods of old.

Being a Celebrity, unfortunately for the Celebrity, is a double edged sword. Sure, you're recognized wherever you go, mobbed by your adoring public and everybody wants to be seen with you. You
Has Anyone Seen Redman?

Has Anyone Seen Redman?
can also die. Ask Princess Diana,, Hogan's Heroes' Bob Crane, Harvey Milk, or John Lennon. Celebrity makes you a victim, usually a victim of your own celebrity.

This writer is awed by the power of celebrity. maybe that's why people aspire to be one. And in this cyber age and more specifically, the Internet, Celebrity is a flip cam and a laptop away. In the Asylum film, CELEBRITY SEX TAPE, the story went on the premise that celebrity could be regained through a recorded romp with one of the principals and blasted all over the Internet. Pamela Anderson rose to infamy with a leaked tape of her sexual escapades, as did Paris Hilton. Soon, Celebrity was within reach of the common folk - all you had to do was not bathe for a month, eat bugs, or stab a person in the back.

YouTube also brings
This is a Celebrity

This is a Celebrity
Celebrity to the masses. If you make a big enough fool of yourself, you become a viral sensation. A gangly African American singing in an impossibly baritone voice, an overweight nerd dancing with a fake light saber to the theme from STAR WARS, even piano-playing cat, a gopher's accusing stare catapulted these YouTube sensation as the hits kept mounting.

Like the schoolyard bully, the amount of Celebrity a person gets is the amount of Celebrity we give them. "American Idol," for all it's hype, has only produced the barest of bankable celebrities, and in some cases, was not even the big winner. Also is the case with "America's Got Talent," "Dancing with the Stars,"the "X-Factor," and every other talent show that promises instant fame.

"Celebrity." It's an intangible commodity that some aspire to, some work feverishly for, and for some, has it smashed in their faces. The children of the President, through no fault, or conscious action, became instant celebrities the moment they stepped in the White House. The children of all celebrities, for that matter, have
Sometimes Celebrity Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be

Sometimes Celebrity Ain't What It's Cracked Up to Be
celebrity dumped on them, whether they like it or not.

Game Shows, Reality Shows, Talent Shows, WORK SHOWS! The American Public are so starved for Celebrities, that now Blue Collar Jobs are Entertainment fodder. Truckers, Shop Owners, Auctioneers, even home makeovers light up our flat screens for us all to be entertained.

What is the future of Celebrity? Andy Warhol once said that everyone will get their fifteen minutes of fame. For some of us, that time frame is more than enough. For others, they stay in that spotlight far too long. The only barometer for their stay in that spotlight is how much power we give them.

So the next time you complain about the latest tabloid escapades, just remember -

You put them there.


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Feb 9, 2012 8:44 AM
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What's sad about today is the programs that make "celebrities" of people who are rednecks and nasty types. A&E, Bravo, TLC even the History Channel have gone over to the dark side to celebrate uselessness.

Feb 9, 2012 10:19 AM
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Is Oprah engaged to the rapper Redman? I had no idea.
Mike Thomas
Feb 9, 2012 11:48 AM
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Steadman! It was Steadman!

Out of the thousands of people who read my column, you're the only one to catch that typo.

You buying any of this?

Feb 9, 2012 6:31 PM
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I'm sure they all just thought it was an honest mistake, though I for one think Oprah and Redman would make a cute couple.

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Until I find my footing, I'd like to vent on the state of today's movies. I will occasionally praise a movie that piques my fancy. But it's a whole lot more fun railing against a person's work who makes more money on a single project than I would make if I lived 500 years. Oh, I will usually make observations on movies rather than films. The difference? Films are critically acclaimed, while movies are just darned good fun.

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Spotlight Mike
Born in the Fifties with an extreme phobia for movies in general, I became obsessed with movies when I broke that phobia with the first movie I actually enjoyed, “The Ten Commandments.” I particularly like the kind of movie where you can put your brain on hold. I get enough reality and drama in my everyday life; I refuse to pay someone to subject me to the same.

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