Sunday, April 18, 2010
The buzz is that there is a new book published about Oprah Winfrey. The reason to buy it is because of all the juicy secrets it tells that Oprah doesn't want the world to know. You know, juicy, sexy secrets about ....
Oh, and if you turn on the television, some network will be telling you all the things that you don't know about Tiger Woods and his wife Elin, or maybe his mistresses, you know he's had a bunch. Or Sandra Bullock and her husband Jesse James, and his mistress, what is her name? VavavaVoom?
Really, what's the deal? Does celebrity mean that a person's life must be revealed to the public? That ten, twenty or even thirty years before they were celebrities is fair game for gossip? When a celebrity is going through something as heart wrenching or embarrassing as a cheating spouse, they must do it under the scrutiny of a gossip columnist?
I don't want to know. A celebrity couple is divorcing? A simple statement from their publicist should be enough.
I don't want to know about a celebrity's sordid teenage years. I don't want to know who, what or where they had sex with.
My mother used to say, if you can't say something nice about someone, don't say anything at all. This might make for a more silent, less titillating world, but maybe it's time for that?
Tell us about the heroic work celebrities are doing in weather ravaged countries. Tell us about people that are starting charities to feed the hungry, shoe the shoe-less, house the homeless, educate those who have no chance of going to school. These stories are out there, they just need to be reported on.
Call it network feng shui!