Monday, October 12, 2009

Who are you and why are you famous?

When I was younger, I used to watch I Love Lucy religiously. Lucille Ball is one of the best actresses of all time...the Queen of Comedy! Although the show was in black and white and completely Rated-G, I still found it hilarious. I own Lucille Ball dolls, lunch-boxes, t-shirts, purses, playing cards, you name it. She's an idol. Someone to look up to for her talent and pioneering efforts.

But now little girls look up to Paris Hilton and Lauren Conrad. People who are famous for...oh wait, NOTHING. These women have no talent, mediocre personalities, and less than desirable reputations. Some if not all of them are famous for their looks, wealth, and/or family name, all or some of which allowed them short or far overdue stints on some realm of reality television.

I would be a hypocrite if I said that watching these duds on television was a waste of time, because I obviously am guilty of tuning in. But there is a difference between watching a show for entertainment purposes or envying their haircuts or handbags, and full-on idolizing them.

Back in the day, an idol was someone or something to which religious worship was addressed. Now when adult women actually go on a television show to try and earn the honor of being Paris Hilton's BFF,  I actually have to force the bile back down my throat. That is preposterous! She isn't an idol at all. She is just the daughter of a man who owns several hotels. Woo-hoo. (She did try to act a few times but all of her appearances were vomitous, including her infamous sex-tape. Stay classy Paris.)

Ok, so maybe I've been drinking some major Paris haterade but believe me, there are other equally as irrelevant-but-for-some-reason-relevant people to also hate on.

The non-talented section:

Nicole Richie

She is the daughter of singer Lionel Richie. She was best friends with Paris Hilton, and some imbecile gave the two of them a reality show called The Simple Life. During the show they lived with families in rural America and try to adapt to what life was like outside of Los Angeles. Apparently their were 5 seasons of this horrendous show. She then stayed in the headlines by dating other semi-celebrities, becoming anorexic, and having children with bizarre made-up names.

Ceiling Eyes Audrina Patridge

 She is one of the original cast members of MTV's The Hills. She just happened to live in the same building as the shows' star, Lauren Conrad, and POOF! Now she's famous for being young and semi attractive! The most revolting part really is that she makes a whopping $100,000 per episode of The Hills. For a girl with zero personality, a non-existent vocabulary, and no talent whatsoever, she's doing pretty well for herself.

Kate Gosselin

Best known as the "Kate" in "Jon and Kate plus 8." You've heard the story. She has eight half-Asian children under the age of 9. During the first few seasons of the show, it was entertaining to see a set of twins and sextuplets thriving. The part that always made you want to change the channel was Kate's constant complaining and bickering. She exploited her children for five years so that she could reap the benefits and not have to work for the rest of her life and gallivant around town and have sitters watch her kids spend time with her children. She is now going through a nasty divorce, all publicly of course, and both she and Jon are in the process of finding new reality shows to pursue. The only talent they have are solid reproduction skills.

These people were handed fame and fortune for doing nothing.

Lucille Ball was one of a kind. REAL actresses look up to her for her talent and try to emulate her in their craft. These women are on television for legitimate reasons and have earned their fame by possessing innate abilities to perform and entertain professionally. They are the people we should pay attention to.

The talented section:

Debra Messing 

Yes they are both redheads, but that's not the only thing Debra Messing has in common with Lucille Ball. She is hilarious. Throughout her 8 year stint on NBC's Will & Grace, her quirkiness and impeccable comedic timing  had people referring to her as a modern version of Lucille Ball. Now that is a compliment if I've ever heard one. She is also intelligent. She attended college and would actually be able to do something outside of acting if she really wanted to.

Sandra Bullock

Yet another hilarious actress. I literally laugh out loud at this woman. Even though the plots of her movies are usually terrible, she is always funny. Her timing and improvisations are always right on the mark. She also has range. She acted in and produced several of her films including her most recent, The Proposal. Sandra is also a college graduate and can add intelligence to talent on her repertoire. What a gal.

 If you find yourself in the non-talented section, you are perfect for: reality television, tabloid scandals, and a limited time of fame or infamy. You should not be admired or emulated by anyone. You are there for people to laugh at.

So try to be like Sandra Bullock kids! Don't try to be like Nicole Richie.

Got it?


  1. This type of post has potential to be controversial! Talking about how kids idolize a new generation of women celeb- the supposedly mediocre women famous for nothing- treads on the issue of whether or not they'll grow up to be Paris' next bff.

    I hope not.

  2. The English/ Literary Critic has a problem with this statement:
    "But there is a difference between watching a show for entertainment purposes or envying their haricuts or handbags, and full on idolizing them"

    Can anyone read any text (which these reality shows are" for just entertainment purposes?

    I believe that you "read" these texts for the total experience that it provides, which requires you to engage in close reading and discover what the text is telling you.

    Okay, I'll shut up now.

  3. I dont't know I think you may be a little hard on my girl Paris....

    I'm just saying if you were offered fame and fortune and really didn't do anything to earn it you wouldn't take it!?!?

    I would

    Plus, who idolizes Paris? Everyone watches her because she is a train wreck which is entertaining, not because they wanna emulate her sex tapes (yes plural).

  4. I find it interesting how they make so much controversy, when in reality it doesn't matter. However I agree it is unnerving how Paris became so popular, and in fact she has done nothing. Great post.

  5. They all look better than Lucy, don't they? And controversy=Money. I feel like we don't know these people for who they really are.

  6. I agree that all the hype about the celebrities is much ado about nothing. What attracts people is the drama. Beyond that I honestly can't see why anyone would idealize any of the women discussed in this post. What is our culture turning into? How about highlighting some people who are real and not on reality TV... I like this post because it definitely gives something for people to say even if they don't follow the shows or the individuals regularly as you can tell by my mini rant. Keep it up.