I love skimming gossip blogs for daily amusements. The ones I check in with most frequently are popbytes, The Gilded Moose, and what would tyler durden do? (big dogs like pink is the new blog, A Socialite's Life, Defamer, and DListed are also much fun). But here's why I could never write one:
Just yesterday I was reading the sparkly Glitterati Gossip (another I enjoy) and she was spinning the oh-so-charming tale of two trashy talent-free rich & famous types (Paris Hilton & Brandon Davis) verbally abusing a trashy talented rich & famous type that I like very much (Lindsay Lohan). Seems that Lindsay is "poor" and therefore "disgusting" What that says about the rest of us who don't earn millions of dollars each time we complete a project at work we can only imagine. So obviously we are all worthy of Paris's contempt.
And yet... and yet... people seem to like her. Magazines puts her on the cover. To twist Paris' latest inane catchphrase : that's NOT sexy.
My feeling is this: We should only obsess on talented people! Any idiot can be born into a wealthy family. Celebrities who think they are above it all should only be entitled to that feeling if we have placed them up high on a pedestal because we had no other choice --because they have levels of talent chutzpah and charisma that no mere civilian could ever hope to muster if they had three lifetimes in which to do it (think Madonna!)
Here's the cool part if you love gossip...
Reportage on the rich, famous, crazy, stupid and celebrity obsessions in general would not suffer if we drew these lines. There's still more than enough trashy bizarre dumb talented celebrities to make for good copy (Courtney Love, La Lohan, Britney & Whitney, Mimi who is now emancipated, Tom Cruise, etc... the list goes on forever. Truly.) Why be obsessed with people who have only trashiness to offer? Why is everyone into reading about Paris Hilton? It's like celebrating that chick in junior high who made everyone else's lives miserable. Is it just mass self-loathing from the populace?
Join me in this cause people: Ignore her. If we do it for long enough she might go away. Refuse to buy magazines when she's on the cover --change the channel if she's on TV. Let us only celebrate trash when it comes armed with talent! I PROMISE you there will still be enough human garbage for our amusement.
This is hopefully the last thing this blogger will ever say about Paris Hilton. Unless she does start making lots of movies. *Shudder*
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