Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The attraction of fame

Fame is a funny thing. We seem to be drawn to it, like the archetypal moth to the flame. Even if we don't think we are.
I hate celebrity culture. The countless websites, magazines, TV shows that exist only to embarrass, expose, idolize or demonize celebrities really bother me. I don't get the fascination. In fact, my wife will tell you, I have remarked before just how stupid I think the whole thing is.
But my eyes were opened this past month.
You see, I met someone famous. Two someones, in fact. And not just sort of famous. Really very famous people. My interaction with them was limited, but did last 20-30 minutes. In that time I found them to be down to earth, kind, and, well, normal people. During my interactions, I didn't think I was star-struck.
Apparently I was.
Since my brief interaction, I honestly found myself very interested in these people, and for longer than I thought I would have. I now know what movies they have been in, what major awards (Golden Globe and Academy Awards) they have been nominated for or won. I know when they were married, born, etc. The internet makes all this so easily accessible. But what shocked me (and disturbed me) the most was that I found myself hoping for opportunities to see them or speak with them again. I was looking more closely, wanting to catch a glimpse. I found myself paying attention to celebrity news, wondering if I would hear or see their names. I was sucked in. Fortunately, it didn't last, and the brief fascination has now faded. But I am left wondering if I am no better than those celebrity-mongers who keep trash like The Enquirer, Star, and Us Weekly flying off the shelves. Talk about painful self-revelation.


  1. Who were these mysterious celebrities? Inquiring minds want to know.

  2. I agree...fess up!

    I have to admit that I've been guilty of being more interested than I should in celebrity gossip.

    For example, when I heard about the plane crash involving Travis Barker and DJ AM (neither of whom I particularly like or follow news on), I kept going back to check for updates on their condition.


    Why DO we idolize them and care so much about what they do?

  3. Peter can't tell you... it would be a tremendous confidentiality violation and we would get sued for money we don't even have :)

    Interested post, babe.

  4. It is true. Out of respect for their privacy, I'm not going to go mentioning here.


  5. Not even a hint? I try not to be too celebrity involved but I do read the headlines on MSN. I draw the line there but even that makes me one of "those people".