Wednesday, May 05, 2010

Celebrity culture as news

Do you really care that Tiger Woods was unfaithful? How about David Boreanaz from Bones? I know I don't care, but the entertainment that still masquerades as news fills the airwaves with this crap.

The whole Tiger Woods fiasco was just that. At what point did sports channels start covering tabloid fodder? What does his dicking around and the subsequent fallout have to do with his golfing, except to serve as a distraction for him? I don't idolize athletes, or actors, or politicians. In what kind of sad reality must someone live to idolize someone they have never met?

I think the word "idolize" should be replaced by "idealize" - because that is what is actually happening. JFK was, for all intents and purposes, a man whore who had affairs in the freaking White House - but for all that he was "idolized" and still is. Why? He could be a jerk in real life had you met him without the press around. So, it wasn't JFK, or Tiger Woods, that people "idolized" it was their image they portrayed in the media.

This phenomenon also explains reality TV and the WWF. People allow themselves to believe in a reality that doesn't exist. Whether it is an individual or a concept. Marketing trumps intelligence and perception each and every time. Pathetic, ain't it?