The Celebrity President
Posted on Friday, May 11th 2012 at 10:38 am
The celebrity President
We are fascinated with the lives of celebrities in our culture. We see them pose at soirée’s wearing outfits that no rational person would wear. We follow their marriages, divorces, bad behavior, substance abuse, arrests, incarceration, probation and rehabilitation. Women ask their hair dressers for the same coiffure of their favorite star, they wear dresses from their clothing lines (unless they are made in China), and purchase their diet and exercise plans. Men eschew shaving to have the 2 day beard look of the star, or wear the ray-bans the star perches on their nose and lusts after the nymphet he has on his arm. Yes the stars have power over our lives. The president just had the largest single fundraising event in history at George Clooney’s home. Robert Downey, Jr., Barbara Streisand, Jack Black and Selma Hayek and all of your favorite stars were there. We weren’t invited. But just like George Clooney said about his magnificent villa in Italy “everyone should have one”, so maybe next time. They raised 15 million dollars at the event and President Obama has displaced the former celebrity president (Bill Clinton) in popularity. He didn’t even need to mention his support for gay marriage (very popular among our stars); all he had to say was “we had a big day yesterday” to thundering applause. Certainly because the majority of the stars support President Obama shouldn’t the rest of us? I believe we are very deceived in our culture. Because these people have extraordinary talent we raise them to a status that is not warranted. They live in a make believe bubble and most cannot manage their own lives nor cope with reality without medication. Their lives are filled with lustful, immoral behavior where no line remains to be crossed. They have multiple marriages, affairs, and shifting sexual identity. Their lives often end in tragedy, suicide, drug overdose or dissipation. They don’t even know who they really are. One of my favorite actors was Cary Grant. He was married 5 times, he tried to find inner peace through yoga, hypnotism and mysticism (which failed) and finally opted for LSD treatments. He was asked once how it felt to be Cary Grant. He replied “everyone wants to be Cary Grant; even I would like to be Cary Grant”. To be fair there aren’t many Jimmy Stewarts, (those that can survive being a star with the fame, wealth and lifestyles). But, following their advice on how we live our lives or who to vote for is unwise. So like the grail knight said in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade “choose wisely”.