Thursday, May 10, 2007

I Just Can't Help It

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.

17 comments:

Stewart Sternberg said...

I don't think I can properly state my hatred for this symbol of American shallowness. I won't detail here what I wish for her, but let me say that it would include a night out with the "Hell's Angels", a bottle of Old Grand Dad's, a spatula, a recording of "Who Let The Dogs Out", and sheet of black leather.

DesLily said...

this and the "hero worship" of others, like rappers who get rich and walk around with guns, drives me insane! It makes me wonder what the comming generations will be like, and glad that I won't be here to find out.

There has always been 'worship" of the "bad guy" because they were written as deities that can do anything and get away with it.. the news and media just fan this by pushing it in our faces day after day...and then they wonder where the young get such ideas to be "bad".. duh.

it upsets me that possibly (cha!) she won't get that jail time.. I"m sorry, she broke the law, and broke probation... if she gets out of this there should be an investigation to find out who took the bribe.

rwcarter said...

If she buys her way out of this I wont be surprised but it sure would be nice just one time if justice prevailed over money.
A drunk driving rich girl is just as dangerous as any other drunk driver.
If they let her slide and she runs down someones childdown the road then whoever takes the payoff should be held responsable

Fab said...

I'm very curious if she'll go to jail or not.

I don't understand why so many people find her so interesting. Ok, name and money. To me she seems as dumb as a roof tile. What a legacy! And what has she actually given or done to be this famous or newsworthy? Besides being a ...

avery said...

America loves its undernourished, coked-out golden gods. And it loves to see them fall -- and then rise again. I don't understand it, but, I can speculate it's because people need something to fixate on other than their own lives. Our country lacks a monarchy, so the masses find their kings and queens among the wealthy and famous.

Stewart, man, you've thought a lot about this. Very amusingly disturbing of you.

SQT said...

I admit that right now I'm following the whole is she going to jail or not thing for a number of reasons. First, if she doesn't, I will be pi$$ed because there's no reason she should get out of being punished for getting a DUI and violating probation. But mostly, it's to see if she can buy her way out of it.

I hope the DA decides to go ahead and "make an example" out of her. Yeah right. I would also be interested to see if jail time actually makes her grow up a little. But I doubt it would. Her mother demonstrated in court why her daughters are so screwed up. The whole family is a joke.

DesLily said...

you are kidding right SQT? jail making her grow up some?? I know that's a joke! She's had 26 years learning that she's above everyONE and everyTHING a few days in jail won't change that!

Unfortunately, I don't see her as EVER being any different.

SQT said...

Deslily, I always feel like they look down on people who work for a living. Like ewwww, we might sweat or something...

Quixotic said...

The Cult of Celebrity is really quite sickening and tedious (and sad). I have absolutely no interest in people who are famous for being famous. Yick.

Scotty said...

As we would say here in Australia, "she's as shallow as a barbecue drip-tray", and personally, I can't stand her. It's bad enough that young women all over the world fall prey to the images of stick-thin models as being something to aspire to; now let's add sluttiness, laziness, contempt for authority, cluelessness, and spoiled to the list as well.

Bah! I'm not holding my breath either but I hope she's bored shitless in jail doing menial tasks in the laundry or the kitchen, and maybe learning how some people live like that on the outside.

Now ask me how I really feel...

:-)

Alex said...

Ooh! You'll actually like the post I made tonight on my blog.


(Skip over the porn, booze, and sybaritic etcetera. You'll see a bit about why Sandra Bullock made the front page of CNN's website today, while the new Earth-like planet they found has yet to get a mention outside of the ill-oft-read "Science and Technology" section.)

Old Knudsen said...

I love it when Yanks turn on their own, its like those spiders in that crappy film either 'Lost in Space' or 'Joey in space'.

Paris is a dumb hoor and I did delight in her potential jail time on my blog too.

Lee said...

On another blog post about Paris, a "Genivieve" said she had never heard of Pairs Hilton. I was gripped with the green monster of envy.

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

well personally i think monica would have done better selling "little blue dresses" and cigars, and paris? honey i think she does the same thing as monica, but i could be wrong! bwahahahahaha

smiles, bee

Jean-Luc Picard said...

Anne Boleyn is one of history's most infamous women.

Alex said...

"it would include a night out with the "Hell's Angels", a bottle of Old Grand Dad's, a spatula, a recording of "Who Let The Dogs Out", and sheet of black leather."

Stewart is starting to turn me on.

The Curmudgeon said...

It's interesting to hear that Donna Rice is now an anti-porn crusader, but I remember her shilling for "No Excuses" jeans following the release of the pictures from the good ship Monkey Business... and the Wiki article you linked to confirmed my recollection on this point.

(For once.)