How in the world is it that every single hair stylist to the stars we see on TV has a foreign accent? And why are they almost exclusively all male?! It’s practically axiomatic that they are all foreign and male. Ever seen a woman doing hair and hawking her hair care products on QVC?! Yeah, exactly. I think foreign men as hair stylists is in the same category as Fabio on the covers of romantic novels. There’s some weird, almost lecherous, I-like-your-hands-in-my-hair thing going on here. Now that I’ve freaked myself out, I think I’m gonna ask my wife to never go to a male hair stylist! :o)
Which is why I both love and hate to watch award shows.
These larger-than-life actors and moguls, who are walking corporations, are given about 30 seconds to say whatever they want. Most appropriately thank the cast, crew, producers, and directors. Some speak of the influence of family and parents. But, largely it’s fawning over each other’s awesomeness… which is insufferably annoying.
Barring the occasional person who accepts with grace and humility and speaks about things bigger than movie making, they’re wasted opportunities… frittered away so they can look good in front of their peers. They have the world’s stage on which to say something important, at the least, about the power of telling stories that connect with the lives of moviegoers, but they blab on about politics or try to be funny.
Boring… and only of interest to me insofar as it confirms, yet again, that many celebrities live in their own self-controlled worlds which, if left unchecked, increasingly cause them to lose touch with normalcy. They begin to believe the rhetoric about themselves, which is, of course, nauseating… and a wasted opportunity to be about something bigger than one’s own brilliance.
I frequently check out a few trend watching websites, trendhunter.com, trendwatching.com, and springwise.com. They’re usually pretty interesting for what they say about people and their interaction with culture. One article about “Warholism” caught my eye. It notes, with the advent of blogs, myspace, and Reality TV, etc., that young people these days are growing up with what is almost an expectation of their “15 minutes of fame.” It says,
“Let’s not forget the influence of that big Warholistic [sic] giant known as MTV, which launched reality TV as we know it. This psychographic trend is really going to shape the way youth consume products, services, and many other things. While they’re still looking for inspiration from outside resources, they’re very aware of themselves and what they have the potential to do. They also feel entitled to certain things because they feel they could (or should) be famous.”
Celebrity has become an expectation, perhaps in part because they grow up being taught to care about things like the recent divorce of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Media coverage of celebrity weddings, births, and breakups is so big that they are learning to measure the quality of their own lives against celebrity fame, as if they should search for their entitled 15 minutes.
I sat in my favorite coffee shop yesterday, cafemojoe.com, listening to middle school kids discuss the ins and outs of celebrity couples as they read along in People Magazine. “He’s totally hot!” “She’s such a snob!”
Vapid. Annoying. Frivolous. Insidious, even. Don’t these kids have anything else to talk about other than celebrities?! We have got to give kids a higher goal than money and fame. Why aren’t holiness, commitment, and spiritual fervor lofty enough goals? They’re hard enough for me.
I don’t think I’m going to tell my kids they can become whoever or whatever they want as if by sheer effort American Idol should be their destinies. Mostly I’m going to encourage them to become who God made them to be, which, usually, is about the same as who they are. Whoever that is will be quite fine with me, thank you very much.
Former Beverly Hills 90210 star Tori Spelling, daughter of deceased TV guru Aaron Spelling, has achieved some recent notoriety on VH1’s “So NoTORIous” celebreality show (which I’ve never seen and have no plans to.) Apparently she’s trying to capitalize on her minor comeback with a tell-all book. Her publisher says,
“We all think we know who Tori Spelling is because she has grown up in the public eye, but her book will give readers a chance to know the real Tori.” -Jennifer Bergstrom, Vice President and Publisher of Simon Spotlight
Gee, I can’t wait. I’ve been dying to know if my preconceived notions of what it’s like to grow up surrounded by hundreds of millions of dollars compare to the reality of growing up surrounded by hundreds of millions of dollars. Isn’t she 33 or something like that? Too young for a memoir, I think. I’d like to know what actual percentage of the words in the book she writes herself. Hopefully not much lest it turn out to be like Ivana Trumps’s tell-all memoir that was “loosely” based on her personal experiences. This is the woman, by the way, who says, in the movie The First Wives Club, “Don’t get mad, girls. Get everything.” And yes, it was typecasting. Explicit, blatant, outright, intentional typecasting.
By the way, if you’re convinced, like I was, that Tori Spelling is a bigtime heiress with millions, think again. Those crazy assumptions about her celebrity lifestyle are, again, smashed by this story on People.com, which claims she only got a little less than $1 million.
Okay… still not caring. Still not convinced. Still living in the real world where the richest 2% own 50% of the world’s assets and the bottom 50% own only 1% of the assets.
In other important celebrity news, Jennifer Aniston and Vince Vaughn have decided to “part ways.” Dang it! I always thought they were such a cute couple.