Celebrity culture and the sanctity of marriage
Train wrecks! Who doesn’t like a good train wreck? And by train wreck I mean the culture we walk around in. The culture that for some reason makes people who haven’t done anything famous the most searched people on the Internet. That train wreck ... that’s the one I’m talking about.
It could be because I’m getting old and my tolerance level for idiocy is at an all-time low. I can’t watch TV anymore in absolute fear of accidentally stumbling across a Kardashian! I don’t care that one of ‘em got married! You wanna talk about ruining the sanctity of marriage? As the kids say: OMG!!! There’s a ton of grousing going on when two women get married or two dudes get married but nobody has a problem with Kim Kardashian (side note: I just misspelled Kardashian and Microsoft Word just auto-corrected it! These people have even infiltrated spell check!) getting married for the third time in her 33 years!?! All for ratings! If anyone is breaking down the sanctity of marriage it’s not gay people; it’s idiots that are famous for being famous.
Now, this isn’t a new topic for me, but I’ve had more time to get older and all that means is it’s had enough time to tick me off even more. For the record, it’s not just the Kardashians that annoy me; it’s basically all reality TV that slowly picks away at our souls while consuming our brain cells like a muscle builder consumes protein. There are some reality shows that I enjoy but they are so innocuous that they barely register in the ratings (I love "American Pickers" and some of the talent shows that don’t have judges whose sole purpose is to be mean spirited).
I spend a tremendous amount of time trying not to know anything about the famous-for-being-famous crowd but frankly it’s almost unavoidable. My job almost dictates I look at this stuff on a daily basis. As the morning guy on WKVT, my day starts around 4:30 a.m. so it’s not uncommon for me to be smacked in the eyeballs with a selfie of a rear-facing attention-starved, sex-tape-making, drama-creating, brain-cell-munching narcissist who felt as though we needed yet another shot of her derriere. Let’s face it, there might be two people let on the planet that might not have seen it and five people left that may not have touched it!
Most likely what makes me bitter is twofold: First, that’s how I start my day and second, THAT’S HOW I START MY DAY! But even if I didn’t have a job where part of my responsibility was to be aware of these people, you really can’t avoid them all together. They infect everything -- the Internet and the nightly news, they pop up in TV commercials, in the newspapers and on the radio. They are everywhere.
I know, it’s America -- land of the free. I get it. But since when did we become a society that cares less about the minimum and whether kids get to eat three square meals a day and started caring more that Kim Kardashian’s wedding cost nearly three million bucks! Three million! Do you have any idea the problems that could be solved with $3 million? A ton, that’s how many, and since it’s Kim’s third wedding, would it have killed her to just get married quietly in a closed ceremony and donate all of that money to something important -- like hunger, fighting cancer or housing the homeless? But, we are America, land of the free, so they are free to have a $3 million wedding and I’m free to say it’s over the top and it sickens me.
So what have we learned today? Well, I hate reality TV and furthering the dumbing down of people who think posting their political beliefs on Facebook and a picture of their breakfast on Twitter is how you interact. What the Hell is up with that?
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