Sunday, February 22, 2009

Brittany, Paris, and our Pathetically Shallow Society

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.


The Mauermans said...

So true. I decided years ago that being wealthy did not automatically dictate good taste. I have seen some very expensive and yet hideous "outfits" worn by the elite and wealthy. I'll stick with the masses thanks. While you're on the subject. I'll add the high fashion models that look like they have been starved in a prison camp, beat about the eyes and face before being paraded down the runway for the Nazi prison officials to judge who should be shipped of to the gas chamber. Who want's to see that? They look like zombies on crack. I'll stick with the masses for sure.

Dr Zibbs said...

I've posted about my hatred for Cojo. I can't stand him.

Kristina P. said...

Haha! Have the Red Carpet arrivals on right now! And I totally contribute to all of that.

Although, while at first of course I had to look at th Rhianna pictures, I was sort of disgusted that TMZ would post them. I feel bad for her.

Go Slumdog Millionaire!

Oh, and there would have been one other guy with you yesterday. You could have kept him company.

Kelly said...

I have to admit that sometimes I get whiplash in the checkout line reading all the trash on the covers of shallow magazines that I wouldn't be caught dead purchasing!

Jeanne Estridge said...

Be sure to let us know if this title generated extra traffic!

Beckalita said...

AMEN, brother!!!

Anonymous said...

Yes, you are totally wright.TMZ is the septic tank of American society.TMZ promotes filth and smut and totally worthless people famous for being famous.

Harvey Levin created TMZ in order to make big profit regardless of any moral values and decency.

Candy's daily Dandy said...

Ooooh, I just learned that TMZ has the Rhianna pics up-got to go check that out! Thank's Chaka!

I'm really, but I think you are right. I still buy all the mags and watch trash TV when I can.

Maui said...

I can't divulge my media center secrets here, but lets just long gone are the days of sitting in bed wishing you had something better watch. I've always got something better than that garbage. Ok it's just more refined better produced garbage, but at least it's fiction.

Mr. Ramses Jiblet said...

Me. Cojo. A sealed room and a stick with a nail. That's all I ask.