This is a post I wrote about a month ago and never published. It’s a rant and it may be a little unfair, but looking back on it and watching the news today and realizing that yesterday was a year since Robin Williams’ death, I brought it out, shook off the dust and here it is.
I am so fucking tired of celebrities and the media’s fascination with them.
I’m sitting here watching the news (well, it’s on. How much I’m paying attention is another matter) and every time I look up, there is another celebrity story.
The thing is, it’s a double edged sword. I’m sick to death of hearing about them and their lives. I don’t care, I really don’t. And they are every-fucking-where! But, if a celebrity has a problem, and are willing to share, it’s often the only way that some things come to the forefront of the national conversation.
Case in point from this morning. Mark Zuckerberg’s wife is pregnant. Whoop de do. But, they are talking about it because she had 3 miscarriages. That’s terrible for them, but again, none of my business and while I feel bad for them, I really don’t want to hear about it. But, because someone famous is talking about it, the REGULAR person with this tragic problem is now being highlighted.
Bobbie Christina Brown died. Very sad. But why do I care? How many REGULAR people overdose and die every single day around this country???? But, we don’t talk about them, because they are not famous.
The one that really sticks with me though is Robin Williams. His death made me sad. He was a great entertainer. And for a little while, people in this country were actually talking about mental illness without talking about mass murderers. But it was only because a celebrity died. If Robin Williams were still alive, that conversation still wouldn’t have taken place.
As it is, that conversation took place for a week, maybe two, and now it’s gone. Gone. Completely. WHAT THE FUCK????? We had a chance for awareness! We had a chance to keep a conversation going. And it just died there when Robin Williams was no longer news.
Our fascination with celebrity in this country is absolutely fucking ridiculous. Why do we care more about Oprah Winfrey then we do about our neighbor????