I clicked on a link that took me to TMZ and noticed this on the front page.
Celebrity culture. What a cesspool.
Things such as this were the reasons I wasn’t really shocked that America elected a crooked reality TV show host as president.
I want to stop being preoccupied with Trump. I want him to miraculously transform from a petulant, narcissistic child into a leader. Then this happens.
Kellyanne Conway on Friday defended President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to remain an executive producer on NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice” even as he takes office, arguing that “presidents have a right to do things in their spare time.”
“He’s a very transparent guy. Everyone can see what he’s doing, and the fact is that he is conferring with all types of experts who tell him what he can do and not do as President of the United States,” Conway, a top Trump adviser and his former campaign manager, said on CNN’s “New Day.” “If this is one of the approved activities, then perhaps he will consider staying on.”
Trump’s agreement with the show, first reported by Variety and confirmed by sources at NBC and the Trump campaign, means the president will have an interest in a show aired by a media company that also reports on his presidency — a major conflict of interest for the network.
“Were we so concerned about the hours and hours and hours spent on the golf course of the current president? I mean presidents have a right to do things in their spare time, in their leisure time,” Conway argued. “I heard you object to Mr. Obama playing golf. Will Mr. Trump not be playing golf for the next four years?” host Alisyn Camerota countered.
Apparently NBC has no issues with giving bribes to sitting elected officials.
“In fact, that’s probably why Steven Spielberg cast me as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List,’ offers Liam Neeson to Ricky Gervais.
“I said, ‘Steven, I make lists, all the time.'”
“And he said, “That’s EXACTLY what I am looking for.'”
While in Chicago for a National Coming Out Day concert Oct. 11, Ricky Martin paid a visit to The Bean (aka Cloud Gate).
I doubt anyone recognized him in that get-up.
Unless he smiled that unmistakable smile of his.
Take a look at the tweet below.
this is my new favorite photo of all time pic.twitter.com/v8Qs6TeXZf
— Wayne Dahlberg (@waynedahlberg) September 26, 2015
This reaction — this guy’s “new favorite photo of all time” — is representative of the crazy viral reactions this photo started all over the internet.
Reactions generally ranged (and I am not overstating this a bit) from overjoyed to ecstatic because so many people saw in this one elderly woman all the alienation they believe social media have brought into the world.
In this photo from the Boston Globe, most of the crowd watches the red carpet through their smartphone camera lenses while an older onlooker takes in the event tech-free.
Oddly enough, the woman’s lack of technology is exactly what’s made the photo such a viral success.
“Oddly enough” just about sums it up.
For its part, the Boston Globe started its article accompanying the viral photo with this:
Now we know what happens when Johnny Depp steps out of a black Escalade in Brookline: People scream. The actor, who plays Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass,” joined several of his cast mates and director Scott Cooper at a special screening of the movie Tuesday at the Coolidge Corner Theatre, and the reaction among those gathered to gawk was, well, exuberant.
People interpreted the elderly woman’s lack of a camera phone as proof of her refusing to get “caught up” in the “cell phone selfie culture” of today, and her desire “to live in the moment as a real person” instead of experiencing it through an allegedly distancing smartphone camera lens.
Wow. That is a lot of sociological baggage with which to freight one elderly woman in one photo.
Since we are allowed to read anything we want into this photo, allow me to propose some alternate explanations:
That last one seems most likely to me. Since I can read into this whatever I want based on my fears, frustrations and biases, I feel this is correct.
I would have found it more alienating if I had found out that she was so enraptured by the arrival of Johnny Depp she just couldn’t bear to ruin it by experiencing it through a camera lens.
If a woman this age is still managing to get so caught up into America’s love affair with all things celebrity, I would feel sorry for her. I would rather imagine that she has realized with wisdom in her advanced years that our celebrity culture is as damaging to our social fabric as any cell phone.
And who cares if people take pictures of an event such as this with camera phones? It’s not the signing of the Treaty of Versailles.
People have experienced celebrity appearances for decades with old school cameras and I doubt anyone would say they were not “in the moment” by doing so. What else should they do? Take notes and discuss the event’s larger sociological ramifications?
Social media are only alienating if you allow them to be.
For some people — usually extroverted gregarious types who love working rooms of people in-person — social media takes away from them one of the things which make them stand out in a live crowd: their winning personality. Of course they hate online communications vs real-time interactions in-person.
For many others, social media gives them a link to the outside world. From introverts to shut-ins, social media keep them connected.
People who express themselves better through reading and in writing find online interactions to be very often illuminating and funny, rather than alienating. Social media can be alienating, but mostly at those times when your online world teaches you how many ridiculous people are in the world.
Meanwhile we are being placated by a never-ending stream of news about the rich and famous, even as the world is falling apart economically, politically and environmentally.
But, by all means, let’s all get worked up over an old woman staring with an expressionless face at Johnny Depp — just as I would be doing if I were there with her.
Not such a huge deal.
Which of us couldn’t pull that look off at 46?
Happy birthday, Jennifer Lopez! Jenny from the block turns 46 today, July 24, and we don’t think she looks a day over 26! Let’s help her celebrate her special day!
I love Lopez and always will. I don’t want to bash her because looking great is part of her job description and, hey, if you got it, flaunt it.
But the gushing in the Hollywood press about how great she looks for her age? Like it’s a miracle of some sort?
Women everywhere could look not “a day over 26” at 46 if they had gobs of money, home gyms and personal trainers and make-up artists who travel with them wherever we go.
You just know there are people out there who are going to feel terrible about themselves because they are going to compare their 46-year-old self with Lopez.
Ah, Hollywood. Setting impossible personal appearance standards for women everywhere.
I want to know how she looks sans make-up after being kept awake all night with an insomniac child. Still pretty good (see home gym, above) I would guess. But not like she looks for a People Magazine cover shoot or walking a red carpet.
It is rumored that Lopez had to stop during the middle of a concert recently because she kept losing microphones and couldn’t find her keys.
What wonders the internet has wrought. Crowd-sourcing police investigations. Edward Snowden.
TOP TEN THINGS I’VE ALWAYS WANTED TO SAY TO DAVE
10) Alec Baldwin: “Of all the talk shows, yours is the most geographically convenient to my home.”
09) Barbara Walters: “Did you know that you wear the same cologne as Muammar Qaddafi?”
08) Steve Martin: “Your extensive plastic surgery was a necessity and a mistake.”
07) Jerry Seinfeld: “I have no idea what I’ll do when you go off the air… You know, I just thought of something– I’ll be fine.”
06) Jim Carrey: “Honestly, Dave, I’ve always found you to be a bit of an over-actor.”
05) Chris Rock: “I’m just glad your show is being given to another white guy.”
04) Julia Louis-Dreyfus: “Thanks for letting me take part in another hugely disappointing series finale.”
03) Peyton Manning: “You are to comedy what I am to comedy.”
02) Tina Fey: “Thanks for finally proving men can be funny.”
01) Bill Murray: “I’ll never have the money I owe you.”