Pampered Hollywood Stars & Politicians

Will "Twilight's" moon ever set?

Why am I shocked at Hollywood’s Publicity-Whores du Jour? [Robert Pattinson, Reese Witherspoon, Justin Timberlake, and the Young & Pretty owner of the two groped breasts whose name escapes me]

I know, I know. I hear the voices…

“It’s Hollywood, hell, it’s MTV, what do you expect, Patrice?”

So sure, it’s only the latest foreordained example but it provides me a worthwhile (?) excuse to examine the root causes for such bad-boy/bad-girl behavior and to try to show how these folks have a kinship with politicians.

First, it’s the most self-centered career choice out there and as a nation, we’re nothing if not egotistical. The studios, confident in an endless stream of newbie-narcissists waiting to become the latest ‘talent’, could care less about individual ‘stars’ exploding and going supernova (in a bad way) or collapsing in on themselves in private-turned-public black-holes of self-destruction.

If such occasions like this particular MTV awards show (or Timberlakes’ ‘imfamous’ Superbowl ‘accident’) seem non-scripted to you – like a mini-reality show – and ‘just happened to’ go viral on the Net, well…I have a bridge-to-nowhere for sale. Sure, the studio might be concerned if such a ‘blunder’ happens before the final wrap – especially when there are dire consequences ’cause the extra CGI costs to insert suddenly dead or rehab-bing headliners…not good. But… if it’s after a major project? Then all the better – Free Publicity, baby, and lots of it.

The second point is, of course, a corollary to the first one. I admit I should know better and should have merely yawned and had an oh-it’s-just-HollywoodBidness-as-usual kneejerk reaction. Instead I forgot the rule every star and starlet’s got tattooed on their foreheads (reversed for in-the-mirror reading, of course!): “Do what evah ya gotta’ do, Insert Name, to keep the cameras on ya.” (And yes, I’m convinced some of them are so stupid they just might need to be reminded of their own names now and again.)

Oh, dear, and when these career Poseurs attain a sufficient height, look around and see younger, hungrier ‘climbers’ on the system’s rungs below them? Well, it shouldn’t be a surprise – especially when the star is a woman – they begin to baby-step f-word by f-word towards or (as Witherspoon did at the MTV Awards) long-jump their way all the way over the ‘cutting-edge’.

After all, for the liberals/leftists/‘progressives’ (LLP’s) in Hollywood it’s all about that Cutting Edge. Or the boundaries of ‘the envelope’…however the latest description goes of what used to be termed ‘good taste’ or ‘decorum’.

But glance at the photos (I can NOT find the specific piece which spurred my ramblings this morning!), particularly of Justin Timberlake’s ‘cutting-edge breast grope’, and ask yourself this: does he look like a man enjoying himself? Does the Y&P look like a ‘liberated’ woman enjoying herself? I don’t think so. But if they did ‘act’ like they were, then by definition they’d be ‘pandering to base appetites’ which is, in fact, the definition of ‘pornographic’.

The LLP’s truly believe they can reach a much better if not Utopian Society with all this pushing-of and leaping-over the boundaries. They, and their tools, I mean ‘stars’, see traditional-society (that I’d argue is so far disintegrated as to be difficult to find anymore) as artificially ‘stifling’, binding them with straight-jacket like rigidity (basically such standards ‘force’ Justin to keep ‘hands off’ his co-presenter’s boobs and ditto hers off his nether parts). Egad…those evil, evil ‘boundaries’!

In fact these so-called societal-LLP’s are wrong. Even the briefest consideration of the heights of Artistry achieved in Music, Theatre, Literature, Painting, Architecture, and more that came from all those former Ages holding to such ‘boundaries’ makes for convincing evidence of their usefulness. A society that expects restraint in public speech & writing and the physical equivalent, decorum, in public actions and interactions does not stifle one. It does makes for a more Elegant or Refined, Deliberate and Thoughtful, and ultimately a more Humane society which can build a great Civilization.

And just what will be the end result, what kind of ‘Civilization’ will proceed from the current and wanton disregard of such (“archaic”) proprieties? Of course it can not, by definition, be a ‘Civilization’ so what will the result be? I think our ever increasingly ‘impolite society’ will suffer a stereotypical Hollywood post-apocalyptic sort of Chaosification. It will be one that rots down to the lowest, f-wording-ist, in-your-face-ie-ist Common-Denominator.

To wrap this way-to-long rant up let me try and show how I think stars like Reese Witherspoon are akin to politicians.

Politicians, as you’ve likely noticed, are quite fond of falling back on ‘traditional values’ at campaign time. Values like “doing what’s right” (in this order) for 1) kids, 2) parents, 3) old people, 4) towns, 5) the Earth [including the 6) Air, 7) Water, and 8) Critters], 9) the ‘infrastructure’ of Everytown, and last but not least, 10) the defense of your Freedom [except when it interferes with Them doing whatever they need to do, to 11) to keep Everyone in Everytown ‘safe’].

Basically to get in ‘office’ they’ll say and do anything to-and-for anybody – just like the Hollywood types. Do what it takes to get there, then, once you’re in, do whatever-the-Hell-you want…

My mistake was that I forgot that. Forgot that Reese Witherspoon is not the pretty-little-whatever she-plays on the screen (nor does she really possess any of the ‘she sure seems nice’ embroidering I may have added to ‘her’ in my own mind). She’s not her ‘persona’ any more than the politician that gets driven to his Congressional Office is the same one that I listened to and voted for a few short months prior to his or her first, heady limousine ride. Both actors and politicos are poseurs. Difference being only the actor is getting paid voluntarily by me to do that posing, the politico is picking my pocket and claiming it’s ‘for my own good’! We would all be better off and less shocked at times if we didn’t forget it.

Clearly that goes doubly for me.

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