Goodbye Celebrities

Watching the Oscars proves to me that one thing Hollywood is always willing to do is give itself a big giant reach around. I saw exactly one movie nominated for much of anything, Little Miss Sunshine, and basically the whole show was about as boring as could be. I used to really care about this stuff, even when I was a kid and Dustin Hoffman was winning for Kramer vs. Kramer.

If anything has convinced me to kick the celebrity habit, it’s the current news overload on non-events surrounding celebrities who are notable more for their celebrity than their work. Why should I care more about Anna Nicole Smith dead than I did when she was alive? In fact, I care equally about both, which is zero. I don’t care if Britney Spears shaves her head, her cootchie, wears panties, doesn’t, gets married, has a baby. I don’t give a shit, but I hear about this over and over. I don’t care about Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Anniston or any of them in any permutation. I don’t care about any celebrities bizarre love lives, their marriages or divorces or affairs. Please, spare me all this crap.

I am declaring myself celebrity free. If I don’t care about their work, I don’t care about the person. Don’t waste my time telling me about them. It doesn’t matter what any of these former reality show contestants do, I don’t want to hear about them. I’m just sick of them all.

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Dave Slusher is a blogger, podcaster, computer programmer, author, science fiction fan and father.

9 thoughts on “Goodbye Celebrities”

  1. Hear, hear, Dave. I didn’t even know the Oscars were on last night (I guess it was last night), but I was enjoying your podcast around the same time. I know and care what’s up with you, with Cameron O’Reilly, with Dave Winer…but I’m so glad I’ve left our celebrity-obsessed culture behind. Let a thousand podcast flowers bloom…even if 980 of them discussed the same old mainstream stuff, there’s still room for ones to do more. (And amigofish to find them…*grin*)

  2. What’s worse is the Joan Rivers “Look what they’re wearing!” thing. Like I give a crap about Angelina’s $40K designer dress.

    Honestly, I don’t get the whole ‘Celebrity Worship’ thing. How sad is your life when you care deeply someone you will never meet?

  3. I’m a movie snob. Yer wanking aside, some of the movies nominated (and winning) this year were in fact very good, perhaps even the best year in recent memory. The following movies were ALL good or even great: The Departed (by Hollywood standards, bloody though), Pan’s Labyrinth, the non-celebrity parts of Babel, Half Nelson, all really good. It’s nearly a fraud how much Little Miss Sunshine got nominated for, on par with “Life is Beautiful” in 1999, or “Hoop Dreams” being passed up in 1994.

    You would be well served to check out any of the movies above.

    I haven’t seen it yet, but I was real happy to see The Lives Of Others win, based on the chorus of critical acclaim I’ve read. And yeah I’m one of those guys that usually agrees with the critics — and note that Sunshine did NOT get glowing reviews, just a heaping helping of manufactured buzz at last year’s Sundance along with the bidding war that it got into.

    So, yeah sure, bitch at the celebrity bullshit, but there are good stories being told in some of these movies. You just happened to see the stupid one.

  4. It doesn’t matter what any of these former reality show contestants do, I don’t want to hear about them.

    Most of the people you see on Oscar shows are actually future reality show contestants. It’s what you do when you have to start begging for that final reach around.

  5. Wow! I was thinking the *exact* same thing. We used to have Oscar parties and get all into it. Now, I barely realized it was on and only watched the last 30min. And after, I thought, why don’t I care about any of this? So much new media consumption has re-calibrated my internal guidance system.

    I’m waiting for the stars deification report. Brad Pitt pooped this afternoon. Our investigative reporter found it to be soft and somewhat reddish. A panel discussion on what may have made it reddish and what this means for his next movie, tomorrow.

  6. Aw geez, I forgot what may have been the best of them all, Children Of Men. Go see that, and watch for more from that Alfonso Cuaron guy, he’s good. The cinematography is incredible (shoulda won) so it’d be best to see it in a theater, still a chance …

    Here is a nice little (14 MB) montage of the advertising and displays littered in the background of that 2027 dystopia.

  7. Chris, I’d like to see all those movies. However, most of them did not/do not play where I live. Children of Men and Pan’s Labyrinth are the two movies of the year I most want to see, but I have to wait for DVD or see them in another city. My major point is that I love movies, but the Oscars are not about the movies anymore, but the movie business. The out of control montages make this clear – they focus an inordinate amount of time to them, which says subliminally “forget about this year’s crap that we are purportedly honoring, this is from back when they were really good.” Bleh.

    David, it’s like spam. Only when people stop watching this and cut off the demand at the money will it stop. I’ve done my part.

  8. Amen comrade, for gods sake will everyone get over it. its not lik these people are impressive or anything. lik “ooooooooooo i can act” or “oooooooooooooooo i can sleep around.” watever man

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