Celeb news is good news
Q: It's official -- Chelsea Clinton is married. Chatter was all over the media for months, despite a hard-fought campaign for privacy. Are celebrities entitled to privacy in such matters? And do we, as a culture, tend to pay too much attention to celebrities, or is the Chelsea marriage a good example of the things we should celebrate?
I am impressed she's actually married. Seeing her on television as she was growing up, I thought she looked a little funny. I've got to be honest here: I thought it looked like her features were still in the larval stage, not fully formed. That's not so unusual for kids, by the way, but I guess we put a lot of expectations on her when the Clintons were in the White House. She has grown up to be a relatively cute, normal person, but she was a strange-looking kid. I thought maybe marriage wasn't in the cards for her.
From the pictures I've seen of her husband, he looks like he accidentally married well. He has that "unemployed look" you see on older guys who play video games, still ride a skateboard and take bong hits with their fraternity brothers on the weekend.
Is their marriage something we all should celebrate? Frankly, I think sometimes we just run out of news. When we've exhausted all the really interesting stories to run, a marriage involving a celebrity or public figure becomes a big deal.
We all know who Chelsea is, we watched her grow up in the White House, and now she's getting married. Somehow we seem to think that it's important -- and it is, to Chelsea and Mr. and Mrs. Clinton. But this is one of those cases where the media tries to make the story seem like interesting news because there isn't any other big breaking news.
If a celebrity marriage is the day's leading story, I guess that's actually good news. It means there's no big disaster happening and grabbing all the headlines. Whenever some celeb marriage becomes the lead story, you should think, "Hey, today's probably a pretty good day!"
All people need privacy; celebrities need it too. When you become a celebrity, you put yourself in a position to lose some of that privacy, but it doesn't mean you have no right to it. As a culture, we do pay too much attention to this stuff, and we love it.
But as I travel, I realize maybe it has more to do with human nature than with culture, because other countries are fascinated with our celebrities as well. I once had a conversation with a very successful Chinese CEO with thousands of employees, and the first thing he asked me was "How's Angelina Jolie doing?"
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