Hi I’m Janet in Oregon (I listen on OPB) and I want to talk about fame. Do you want it and how would you react if you got it? And have you ever given someone famous your attention – asked for an autograph or taken a photo? Did you think about how they feel when you did it?
I think our current celebrity culture is a travesty. People get media attention for everything from their athletic prowess to their willingness to eat spiders on a reality TV show. And the more outrageous they act the more attention they receive.
While the free designer clothes, goodie bags worth thousands, preferential treatment and of course, scads of money all sound wonderful and glamorous; would you be OK with everything you do, eat or say being scrutinized, photographed and written about?
Would you want your dinner interrupted by autograph seekers-how would you deal with constant paparazzi?
Would you be OK with the occasional stalker who thinks they live with you? Would the media pointing out how offbeat you are (Michael Jackson, Britney Spears) make you even more offbeat?
How would you know who to trust?
And as a side note:
Have you ever contributed to a media moment? Laid a wreath at a dead actor’s apartment, asked a basketball star for an autograph while he tours the aquarium with his family, taken a candid photograph during a filming in your city? Did you think about the person or do you think that the actor/singer/writer/politician/athlete somehow owes all comers for seeking fame in the first place?