When my wife goes to bed each night she insists on watching a video or TV for the 2 or 3 minutes it takes until she falls asleep. I love movies so we usually watch a DVD, but occasionally she will just turn on the TV. We get horrible reception so when we watch it late at night we have about 3 channels to choose from. The choices usually consist of an exercise infomercial, Univision, or some other channel in Spanish, or Entertainment Tonight. I am giving you this background as part of my futile attempt to justify why I have watched such tripe in the past.
ET has been around since the early 80's, but I don't remember it being so superficial and fickle when I was younger. All they talk about is Brad and Angelina, Tom Cat, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, The Osmonds, Dancing with the Stars, etc. When Anna Nicole Smith died they were like vultures with their exclusive reporting which consisted of the same redundant interviews and footage shown over and over for months. I can only take so much gossip and life changing news like who designed Eva Longaria's dress and who Nicole Kidman is now dating. The sad thing about this is that I sometimes find myself yelling at the TV saying "what kind of losers with no life watch this?" I am then quiet for a minute as I realize the answer is stupid people like myself who think it is beneath them.
Another thing I dislike about Entertainment Tonight is Cojo. It's not so much the double take I do whenever I see him as I try to determine his gender, but it has more to do with his condescending attitude. I love movies and can appreciate the Academy Awards but I hate all the red carpet hype. Since the Oscars are upon us, I'm sure we will be hearing his fashion analysis of all the stars over the next few days. Is the fact that Cojo is giving fashion advice ironic to anyone besides myself? Why is he criticizing and ripping on people for what they wear? Just because he paid $1,400 for his ridiculous outfit doesn't mean he has better taste than the masses. Speaking of fashion criticism, if he is trying to look like Pee Wee Herman he should have chosen the red tie->
Entertainment Tonight isn't the only shallow entertainment show out there. There are others like Access Hollywood, TMZ, E News, and Extra. They all follow the same formula. I've only seen TMZ for a few minutes but it was the most brutal of all these shows. They are the definition of paparazzi and I find it ironic that they can actually make their living by ridiculing, stalking, and mocking the very celebrities that give them job security. The only thing worse than shallow celebrities with train wreck lives are those who benefit from exploiting them. This includes bloggers who use their names in the title of their posts to get more traffic. Disgusting!
I admit that my blog is often trivial , superficial, and focused on pop culture too so this post may be hypocritical in nature, but that's OK because I have a deadline to hurry and finish so I can go watch Entertainment Tonight and see who won the award for being the worst dressed celebrity on the red carpet.