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The Trickle - Celebrity

December 2, 2009 - Brian Ferry

There's no business like show business

And business is good. I now recognize the name Adam Lambert. I'm not a dedicated adherent of American Idol, so I didn't know that name before. His recent antics remind me of Janet Jackson. I don't know the names of the White House crashers, though I've seen them a few times. I do know that there were White House party crashers. I also heard they didn't end up dead. Two surprises. Going back a bit, there's Balloon Boy. I still get a little queasy when I think of that shot of the silvery balloon floating above the clouds, moving quite quickly, it appears, and remembering there was some possibility there was a human being in it. What do all these people, generally idiots, have in common? Reality TV. I'm using someone else's term here. There is so little relationship between reality and Reality TV that the term should win an irony award. Reality TV may be part of the problem, but I think the root goes back to fame. People who have experienced a tiny taste of fame seemingly will do anything for a little bit more. Dumb things - risking being shot by Secret Service, almost guaranteeing that they will face charges from Secret Service or more localized law enforcement. Tasteless things - hiding a child in a closet while people are led to think he's flying at enormous risk high in the sky, doing things on stage and live TV that should at least be taped before airing. These people seem to have no shame when the possibility of getting their faces on TV or having a little more money flowing their ways are concerned. Does it work? Yep. I know Adam Lambert's name. His offense, in my opinion, is the least. Thousands were offended or claimed to be offended by what he did. But, in his case, he will actually sell more music and not go to jail. The others? They'll get paid by whatever quasi-news outlet is desparate enough and then, hopefully, pay fines far beyond the payments and get a chance to ponder their stupidity in jail.


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