I was watching the Tonight Show the other day, and host Jay Leno was interviewing Kate Goslin. About two minutes into their conversation, I found myself asking “who is this person. What did she ever do to make her a “celebrity””?
These days it seems like we have hundreds of celebrities who come out of nowhere, never accomplish anything of real meaning, and yet they are all over the airwaves, and their faces are plastered on magazine covers everywhere you look. Who the hell are these people?
The military has a term for officers who got their commissions by going to a fast Officer Candidate School and never “earned” their rank by attending one of the formal military academies, or by coming up through the ranks. They are called shake and bake officers.
Today we seem to be deluged with shake and bake celebrities.
As far as I can discover (and I didn’t spend a lot of time researching), Kate Goslin’s claim to fame is that after undergoing fertility treatments, she gave birth first to twins, and then sextuplets. This earned her and husband Jon their very own reality TV show, Jon & Kate Plus 8. Their relationship has since ended, but Ms. Goslin’s face and name seem to have become permanent fixtures in pop culture.
Besides being junk food for the brain, about the only other thing that reality shows have done for society is spawn legions of no talent shake and bake celebrities that nobody ever heard of.
Sure, it’s easy to say “just turn off the damn television and ignore them,” but that isn’t my point. What I want to know is, why do we, as a society, need these kinds of people? Are our own lives so shallow and empty that we have to live vicariously through them? Has our universal IQ sunk so low that we need to be constantly entertained by nobodies doing nothing?
I am no fan at all of organized sports, and to me, far too many professional athletes are overpaid, spoiled morons. But at least they can kick a ball, or swing a bat, or hit a basketball hoop. They can do something!
What do the likes of Kate Goslin, ‘Octomom’ Nadya Suleman, Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney, or any of the hundreds of other “celebrities” of their ilk bring to the table?
Am I missing something here?
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