Tag: celebrities

This is going to sound crazy, but the truth is, I don’t really know any celebrities. I mean, I know a few well-known people, I guess…

You may think you know the stories of celebrity good deeds, but many examples of celebrity activism have gone horribly wrong. Dr. Cooper Lawrence, doctorate in the psychological study of celebrity culture, Gracie Award winning radio host, expert on MTV’s latest reboot of True Life and bestselling author of The Cult of Celebrity joins Carol Roth to talk about her upcoming book Celebritocracy: The Misguided Agenda of Celebrity Politics in a Postmodern Democracy.

In addition to covering how well-known celebrity activism programs went awry (e.g. Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation; Live Aid), Cooper and Carol also discuss the rise of conservatism in Hollywood, why we treat celebrities as experts, and how celebrities set the global agenda. Plus, a “Now You Know” segment on dogs!

February Group Writing: Advice from Popular Culture

 

From Hollywood to kids’ cartoons, to sappy inspirational Facebook posts, entertainment culture is full of advice on how to live our lives. Imagine the consequences of taking this wisdom seriously. Actually, you don’t need to imagine: our culture is littered with living examples of men and women who embraced the subtle and not-so-subtle popular messages. Still, it would be interesting to flip through a book called A Year of Living Hollywood. Here is some of the most common propaganda of social media, celebrities, and movies:

1. Follow your heart. This pretty saying comes first because it’s our culture’s favorite. I remember years ago asking a wise older friend for advice about getting married, and this is what she said to me, very tenderly though: Follow your heart. I was confused. My very problem was that I had followed my heart, and it wasn’t getting me anywhere. What I needed was some sensible input, help weighing up the pros and cons and identifying flags of all hues in this relationship.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are a bit surprised by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff signaling they don’t plan to pursue impeachment of President Trump unless there’s a bipartisan consensus for it. They also look on sadly as New York City’s exorbitant taxes and hard left policies leave the city careening towards bankruptcy. And they crack a few pop-culture jokes but also weigh in on the serious issues as celebrities and elites around the country are charged with bribing colleges and universities to admit their kids under false pretenses.

Jim  Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America look at generic congressional ballot polls showing the Democratic blue wave might not threaten Republicans as much as was previously thought. They also think Laura Ingraham took the wrong tone during an immigration rant on Wednesday night, and they suggest the immigration discussion focus on policies and beliefs rather than demographics. And they continue to knock Republicans and Democrats for prioritizing celebrities in politics above genuine discussion of ideas, with actor Richard Gere’s name being tossed into the ring for New York’s 18th Congressional District and lawyer Michael Avenatti heading to Iowa to explore a presidential bid.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome a Republican win in an Arizona congressional race, although the margin should have been a lot wider.  They also groan as many conservatives suddenly adore Kanye West because of a few tweets that poke the left as being the thought police.  And they discuss the furor over Budget Director Mick Mulvaney admitting he only met with lobbyists who donated to his campaigns while serving in Congress.  While they can see why this seems distasteful, Jim and Greg wonder how people thought politics worked in the real world and they don’t believe the liberal shock and horror for a second.

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Joy Villa decided to wear a Make America Great America  Trump dress to the Grammy awards.  This act immediately earned her star power on the right, especially in the more dedicated Trump supporters.  In fact, she spoke at a Gay for Trump rally in DC.  One of the new breed of Trump supporters pulled in […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy watching more Clinton campaign fingerpointing – this time at Huma Abedin.  They rip the intelligence community for being willing to offer anonymous stories to the press on Russian election hacking but being unwilling to brief members of Congress.  And they get a kick out of celebrities launching a new video begging GOP electors to reject Donald Trump.

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Hi there. That was a rough night for you, no doubt about it. Chelsea couldn’t even manage to joke about her abortions.  From the anguished crack in Stephen’s voice to the anguished ache in Lena’s carelessly-grabbable places, we could tell you were hurting. Allow me to — in a gentle, non-grabby way — suggest that […]

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I was looking at an LA Times article that listed different celebrities and if they backed Clinton, Sanders, or Trump. But I started wondering if celebrities really do sway voters. We can typically guess by the nature of Hollywood and “liberal” lives of a lot of artists that most famous folk in the movie and […]

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A Page One Death

 

CelebWith the death of Prince, Friday’s London Telegraph echoes our own James Lileks in asking about the plethora of celebrity deaths in 2016. Are people really dying off at a faster rate? Or has the bar for celebrity status been so lowered that more people are written about, Tweeted about and generally gossiped about than ever before?

I favor the latter theory above everything else. With the rise of the Internet and social media, we have given birth to new classifications of “stars.” Forbes now runs a list of the richest YouTube Stars. People whose passing may not have even merited much more than filler on the agate type pages 20 years ago now get links on Drudge Report and hundreds of comments on TMZ.

GestDavid Gest, whose primary claim to fame seems to be that he was Liza Minnelli’s abused fourth husband generated 600 comments on TMZ when he passed on April 12.

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Prince passed away yesterday; you may not have been aware of this if you were in a coma or … no, there is no way you missed this news unless you were in a coma. I’m pretty sure deep in the bowels of solitary confinement in the Colorado SuperMax Terrorist Prison, Zacarias Moussaoui was heard […]

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Emma Watson — who is eminently qualified to comment on the needs of oppressed women by virtue of making millions of dollars playing an obnoxious know-it-all in a series of children’s movies — opines that more women have been killed by ‘gender discrimination’ than in all the wars of the past century. “More lives are lost […]

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Western Chauvinist and some others were sitting around talking about their various celebrity meetings/sightings. WC thought it would be a fun thread, and I agree. I know that many of us have had our own brushes with fame, and I’d like to hear yours. I will start, because this is my thread dammit. And it’s […]

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Going on a decade ago, I noticed a new book prominently displayed in Costco. It was called The English Rose.  I examined the attractive cover–and immediately turned away, because the author was Madonna. The Madonna of “Like a Virgin” notoriety had penned a book for preteen girls. I didn’t need to look any further, and I […]

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     I don’t know that much about Joan Rivers.  I know she’s a famous comedian, has been around for decades, and has had a ton of plastic surgery done (which I find creepy).  But I’ve never watched her in anything or her stand-up.      But she’s my hero for today.   Joan Rivers […]

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