I recently saw, About a Son (2006), a film that documents the life of Kurt Cobain. The film (which I think is all-around excellent and a must-see) uses Kurt’s own words from a series of taped interviews that Michael Azerrad used for his book, “Come as You Are”. Towards the conclusion of the movie, Kurt talks about celebrity. He criticizes the public and the media for wanting to know intimate details of celebrities’ personal lives. He also mentioned that he would love to see that changed. Well, I think that the media owes Kurt an apology.

Some celebrities are very private and, though high profile and influential, manage to stay out of the limelight. Others, like Britney Spears are examples of mentally unstable people who should be left alone and are going through enough in their personal life. Amy Winehouse is another fine example. Do I really care that her husband is suing her for a sum of money that most people could live off of for the rest of thier life? No… no… no.

Now, let’s talk about celebre-whores. Just in case being photographed and talked about in every tabloid, news outlet and website just isn’t enough attention, you can go get a TV show, release an album or do both.  Throw in a clothing line while you’re at it. Lindsay Lohan and Jennifer Lopez are also multi-talented EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK!

So, Kurt, I regretfully inform you that celebrities are still cartoon characters for the lowest common denominator to obsess over. Sorry. The soft news and the hard news have become one and celebrity trash talk is no longer limited to tabloids at the supermarket checkout. The next time you see some rich twit’s twat blocked out on the front page of National Enquierer just remember the twit behind that twat.


1 Comment

  1. Chrissy said,

    May 2, 2008 at 10:42 am

    Is it bad that I read Perez….? I mean come on didn’t you watch that episode of south park with britney….?

    ok I’m kidding. But in seriousness I do read perez. I am a firm believer that you become a celebrity because you want it. I don’t think necessarily that every last bit is deserved, such as the fake headlines and the speculations on relationships between celebrities etc. but if you want it you’ve got it. I dont know if you’ve ever watched a show about that typical little girl who wants nothing more than to be “celebrity” and have the cameras flashing and the boys all over her and so on. I stand behind the fact that these people go head first into it, knowing that it will happen.

    Kurt, on the other hand, is a different story. He gained celebrity status through actually being talented and being ludicrously good looking while he was at it. He was the first of his kind to make it to celebrity status on the grunge scene and I’m sure it’s not what he wanted. It was just what he got. Somewhere along the line though he probably wanted the sold out stadiums and the screaming fans. At some point, I’m sure he got sick of it and didn’t want the media anymore. But once they’re on you, they’re hard to get rid of.

    I can’t really say for sure that I know these things about Kurt because I’ve met the guy, but like the media, it’s just speculation.

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