Celebrity Royalty

I was watching Pierce Morgan tonight on CNN (I am looking for work so don’t have much energy to do any type of real thinking) mainly to see his interview with Rick Santorum.  The topic of Whitney Houston’s potential drug over-dose was one hot topic discussed between Pierce and Santorum.  Pierce made the comment that many U.S. stars, which are the equivalent of “royalty or the aristocracy”, have problems with overuse or misuse of prescription drugs.  I am not so interested in the discussion about drug over-dose as I am about calling Hollywood actors or musical stars “royalty” or the “aristocracy”.

If it is true that U.S. celebrities are the role models, pinnacles, and the royal statues of the American Dream, then I fear I am spot on in my assessment that American culture has declined to abyss-like depths.  I always hold out hope that my point of view is skewed or too cynical or one-sided.  But, when Michael Jackson and Whitney Houston receive such enormous media coverage (almost as much as the death of JFK or Martin Luther King) upon their deaths — not because they were assassinated for their unique message or powerful revolutionary stance, but because they were drug addicts and the public and family seek out a culprit to blame and hang (in these cases a doctor), I feel like the culture has declined and is hanging on the edge of a precipice.  How many Americans die everyday from similar addictions and over-doses but receive no media coverage or high-priced lawyers to enrich the surviving families?  These people are merely entertainers, not kings or queens or people of significance.  They aren’t philosophers or saints or figures to be respected or emulated.  They aren’t scientists or deep thinkers or explorers.  They aren’t courageous noble leaders or exceptional human beings.  They are actors, singers, and athletes.  They are nice to look at, or entertaining to listen to, or enjoyable to watch on TV or the stage.

We have evolved from a youthful, bountiful, beautiful flower with immense potential into a wrinkled up bag of bones addicted to an American Dream gone astray.  And our “royalty or aristocracy” certainly doesn’t provide an example of the pathway up to the purple mountain majestic peaks.  We need to re-evaluate from sea to shinning to sea and make some radical changes to redefine the American Dream and what we define as noble, courageous, and significant examples of extraordinary human beings.  The celebrity is a hollow shell decorated with pearls.  And those that view them as kings and queens are impoverished peasants.

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9 thoughts on “Celebrity Royalty

  1. I wholeheartedly agree!
    I have actually been saying this for a long time now; but as my Mom says, its not really their fault, its the fault of those who give them that significance. Like you said, they are entertainers, whatever they produce is merely entertainment. They cannot be compared to scientists, doctors, philosophers or thinkers who have actually made a significant difference in the world. But I guess the world or at least the majority of people don’t really care about those who have dedicated their lives to the progression of mankind as long as they enjoy that progress without effort.

  2. This country was in decline at it’s inception, Tinc. It was born in self-righteousness, founded on genocide and slavery, and emerged from nation-wide poverty only when greed and consumption became its model for economic growth. Its celebrities have always been its role models, because they best reflect the empty shell that is, and always has been, the “the American Dream.”

    Smile and enjoy the show. 🙂

    • Wow…you came out of your shell on that comment 😉

      I think most civilizations that reached power did so through the means you outlined. America had potential for a fresh start and what a beautiful and bountiful continent. We simply spread the cancer didn’t we? Man has yet to figure out the mystery.

      • I guess. You know what I mean. If Piers Morgan’s opinion suddenly matters, then obviously our ability to assess American culture has declined to abyss-like depths. 😉

      • The majority defines the culture…not you or me. Pierce simply summing up the majority opinion based on behavior and ratings.

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