If I could have a five-minute conversation with the major news executives in every form of media, I’d let them know that I am sick of how they celebrate celebrities, as though famed actors, athletes, authors and activists have special knowledge and authority the rest of us lack.
Possibly you might share some of my views about the glorious glamor gang we hear about so much. To be specific:
I don’t care how they vote or which party they affiliate with. Or, in fact, if they vote.
I don’t care who they date, get engaged to, cheat on, split from, wed, divorce, father, sue or get sued by.
I don’t care about the mansions they live in, what they were paid for their last movie or their net worth.
I don’t care to hear their opinions about religion, social problems or the flag of the United States of America.
To me — and possibly to you — there’s absolutely no need for mass media to glorify people who can repeat a script they have memorized, sing a song that becomes a megahit or host a talk show that spews negative vile repeatedly without verification.
In short, media moguls: Please do not assume that celebrities are, or will be, the decision makers or role models for me and for many other people whose names will not appear on a marquee.