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AIBU to be sick of the celebrity culture

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vampirequeen Fri 21-Nov-14 10:26:25

When I was a teacher we did circle time every day. One day the circle question was what would like to be when you grow up. Several of the children simply said celebrities. When pushed most couldn't say how they would achieve this celebrity. However a couple of girls said they would be pole dancers and earn lots of money then be seen in all the right nightclubs with other celebrities. Some of the other children said they'd have to take their clothes off if they were pole dancers. This didn't faze them. They were quite happy with this as they said they'd be able to do glamour modelling and become even more famous.

These were intelligent girls. As one said later ....why should she work hard when she could become a celebrity, have a lot of fun and earn a lot of money for very little effort. The sad thing is that she was probably right. Most female celebrities seem to be famous for flashing their bums and boobs.

tiggypiro Fri 21-Nov-14 10:42:42

It is very sad isn't it. Most of them are going to come down to earth with a huge bump.
Your post reminded me of when I was trying to teach Home Management and all that entailed in the 70's. Try as I might I could not get them to see that a cocktail cabinet was not a necessity !

alex57currie Fri 21-Nov-14 11:36:53

tiggypro you must have taught at a posh school. We girls were taught how to 1. Wash white servant's gloves, and 2. How to polish shoes properly.

TerriBull Fri 21-Nov-14 11:38:32

I agree. The worst aspect of celebrity culture is those who have been propelled into the fame arena for being on a reality tv show. I can put up with real genuine talent earning loads of dosh, but I do have a problem with people who are earning mega bucks for starring in something like Towie and then you find out they can't tell the time, have no idea where say Africa is and think Ebola is a rock band!

Tegan Fri 21-Nov-14 11:58:53

I think it all started with longer television hours and the need for cheap programmes to fill them. Mind you, I can't complain as I obsessively watch Made in Chelsea blush.

tiggypiro Fri 21-Nov-14 12:44:00

No alex57currie it certainly was not a posh school ! I will not mention it by name (in case it still exists) but it was the school where the first teachers strike happened and the head was picketted by the staff. I was there after the strike.

TriciaF Fri 21-Nov-14 12:45:10

It's all part of a dastardly campaign on the part of the ruling classes to turn the rest of us into mindless zombies wink

GillT57 Fri 21-Nov-14 13:10:39

Yes TriciaF I think you are right. I watched 5 minutes of the Jungle Celebrity crap programme the other evening and asked my DD who the moaning blonde was...she was from Towie. Now I really know that entertainment is eating itself, when a person is selected to appear on a celebrity programme due to their celebrity on another celebrity programme........and so on and around it goes. It is surreal.

janerowena Fri 21-Nov-14 13:19:37

I hate it. The first person I ever met who was a celebrity-lover is actually my mother-in-law. I couldn't understand it. I think she felt that if she met famous people, some of the glamour and luck and fame would rub off on her.

Now I watch DBH glow with pride when he sees that yet another famous name in the fields that he likes is following him. I find that equally odd. I don't care what people do for a living as long as they are nice and we get along.

Nelliemoser Fri 21-Nov-14 14:06:40

I have no interest in the celebrity culture either. Some celebrities are good at their jobs, others are just celebrities for various obscure or infamous reasons.

Hello Magazine is about all that is available in my hairdressers, and I look at it but I hardly ever know who they are talking about.

I also worry about the effects of this "obsession" about striving after fame does nothing to help children to develop more sensible and worthwhile aspirations in life.

Tegan Fri 21-Nov-14 14:12:42

I thought TOWIE meant Coronation Street blush. Maybe they could do a programme about gransnetters and we could all become rich and famous [light bulb moment].

Lapwing Fri 21-Nov-14 14:15:30

The celebrity culture seems to breed a sense of entitlement - "if he/she can get all that 'blingy stuff' without having to work for it, why can't I!!"

soontobe Fri 21-Nov-14 14:55:34

Do the teenagers of today grow up though?
I am trying to remember when mine were teens a decade ago.
The celebrity stuff might not have been quite as entensive as it is now, but I would have thought that it was pretty close.
I think their mates have buckled down and work hard or reasonably hard.
Perhaps our area is not into celebrity as much as some?

harrigran Fri 21-Nov-14 16:36:07

I never watch TV programmes about z list celebrities but I am amazed at how many of my intelligent friends do. Perhaps it is the fascination at how far people can debase themselves that attracts them hmm

Marelli Fri 21-Nov-14 17:41:08

'Celebrities only became 'celebrities' because the public put them in that position, I suppose hmm. I didn't put them there though (I never know who anyone is)!
What/who is Towie?

FlicketyB Fri 21-Nov-14 17:54:45

How many school leavers become 'celebrities'? and how many school leavers are there each year? So the chances of becoming a celebrity are, Guess, 1 in 50,000?

Given the odds, even working in a minimum wage job is likely to be more lucrative. Unemployment among those trained as actors and trying to make a living out of it is over 90%, which is why DD doesn't know of a single person in her year at drama school who are still in the acting profession.

Handynan27 Thu 04-Dec-14 23:46:36

As I don't watch soaps or TOWIE I'm usually totally in the dark when I see the headlines on magazine covers or on yahoo about some celeb being too fat/skinny, falling out with boyfriend etc but that's what seems to sell magazines.

I know I'm turning into a grumpy old woman but there's too much "reality" TV these days because it's cheaper to produce than good drama or documentaries - no need to pay actors or scriptwriters if you can get someone off the street who thinks it will make them a "celebrity".hmm

loopylou Fri 05-Dec-14 11:29:08

Glad I'm not only one HandyNan, utterly disinterested in so-called celebrities, who court attention at any opportunity AND get paid for it too I assume!
Think many of them on the way down/out and get desperate to be in any media, rather depressing really.

sherish Fri 05-Dec-14 12:21:41

Totally fed up with celebrities (a term I use loosely) being on everything from TV programmes to adverts. I am also not interested in WAGS or what they're wearing, doing etc.

thatbags Fri 05-Dec-14 12:53:21

Article in today's Telegraph by Radhika Sanghani about female celebrity public nakedness.

Ariadne Fri 05-Dec-14 13:18:31

Please, as others have already asked, what is TOWIE? I know nothing...

Ana Fri 05-Dec-14 13:35:25

That's what Google's for, Ariadne! (and others)

I know it's a reality tv show, but I've never watched it.

jinglbellsfrocks Fri 05-Dec-14 13:49:54

TBH, I hardly notice the "celebrity culture". Where are you all seeing it all the time? confused

soontobe Fri 05-Dec-14 14:07:31

The only way is Essex. [from ahem Essex I assume!]
Which I think spawned Geordie Shore? [from Newcastle?]
And Made In Chelsea? [from ...!]

There is a Joey something, and Gemma Collins? from TOWIE.
Other than that, I dont think I know anything further about it.

I did watch an episode of Geordie Shore once, and I think they all sleep in the same house, much to my surprise.

I have also watched one episode of Made In Chelsea. They seem to "meet" in ski shops and coffee shops, and their living rooms? I could be wrong.

Of the three, Made In Chelsea seemed the best one.

Tegan Fri 05-Dec-14 14:33:39

I love Made in Chelsea blush. I think it's the least 'real' of the reality shows though. Binky was at a local Asda a while back promoting her book and I was almost tempted to go blushblush....