Thursday, May 10, 2007
I've mentioned before that I don't usually blog about non-sci/fi stuff, but sometimes I just can't help myself. The real world carnival-of-the-absurd sometimes inserts itself into my consciousness and I have to comment. I mean, Paris Hilton? Really? This woman (cough*media whore*cough) is news? Yeah, I know, I'm mentioning her on my blog, therefore perpetuating the cycle etc. etc. But sometimes I'm just flabbergasted that people can be famous for...well...being famous. Or maybe infamous would be a better way of putting it. Has our culture always been this way? I'm trying to think of people in the past who were famous for pretty much nothing. Monica Lewinsky comes to mind. Well, she did do something and the poor foolish girl will have her name linked with that particular thing for the rest of her life. And do you remember that for the longest time she kept appearing on all the tabloid shows? As if she was some celebrity who had actually done something that one isn't usually a little embarrassed at admitting to doing publicly. I think she even tried to sell a line of purses. Isn't that weird? It always seems as if these pseudo celebrities end up selling purses. Oh, and maybe you have to be a little older to remember Donna Rice. She was another woman who was involved in a political scandal, though with a presidential candidate instead of the actual President. In this case is was Gary Hart. She was caught fraternizing with the married candidate aboard the yacht the Monkey Business---maybe the name of the boat should have been a clue---with photographic evidence. But the really funny part (to me anyway) is that instead of selling purses she decided to start campaigning against pornography on the Internet. Um, maybe there's a little irony there. I guess I should applaud her efforts at doing something positive though. And as far as I know she never did have a sex tape end up going public; so that's a point in her favor. But still, I am baffled that so many women who are known for poor behavior become celebrities. How come we are so enthralled with the Paris Hilton's of the world? I personally find her vapid and boring. Though I do kind of like the idea that she might end up in jail. Just a little.