Celebrities Want Their Cake and Eat It Too

Celebrities crack me up.  Not all celebrities.  There are some actors and actresses that stay out of the limelight and relish their privacy.  I’m talking about those who are attention-seeking junkies who spend every waking moment trying to be relevant.  Then, when something goes wrong in their lives, they want the cameras off, the lights dimmed, and their “fans” to just go away.  This seems to be what happens when their very public relationships go south.  Here are a few examples.

Someone who fits this category perfectly is Kim Kardashian.  As I read recently, people weren’t interesting in seeing or reading about her “marriage” to Kris Humphries during the multi-million event in August, but rather reading about her “wedding.”  I knew the marriage was in trouble the week after when People magazine’s cover story was “Kim’s Wedding” – no mention whatsoever of Kris on the cover.  The whole event had nothing to do with their “marriage.”

Seventy-two days later, she filed for divorce.  No big surprise there as far as I’m concerned.  But then it was reported that the Kardashian clan banned E! channel from screening anything to do with her divorce drama in her reality show.  According to TMZ, Kim didn’t want cameras to document the private, emotional moments behind her divorce.

What a hypocrite!  Here’s a woman who became a “celebrity” because of a disgusting sex tape released on the internet, who allows the media to film and record every movement she makes on more than one television show, has spent countless hours monetizing on her celebrity status, and created a business empire worth millions.  She and her family have over 10 million followers on Twitter and I can’t read my news feeds without seeing something about the Kardashians.  But now she wants her privacy.

Another example is has-been actress, Demi Moore.  She marries a guy 15 years her junior and for the past six years, has tried to remain relevant in the media even though her last really successful movie was Charlie’s Angels in 2003.  Here’s another one who loves the limelight, is ready for any intrusion into her life by the media as long as it’s considered a positive.  Then when things go bad, she asks that her privacy be respected.  “This is a trying time for me and I ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation.”  Well, every one of these celebrities begging for their “privacy” when times go bad has never wanted to be like anyone else.  Most of the time they don’t think the rules apply to them and certainly want to be treated special, except when they don’t.

Finally, there’s Chaz Bono, who in November proposed to his girlfriend of 12 years on his television show.  Now, they’ve split up and he’s asking for “privacy” during these difficult times.  “No further amplification [of their break-up] will be forthcoming and they ask that you respect their privacy at this time.”  Remember, he put himself out there by allowing his transition from Chastity to Chaz to be documented in “Becoming Chaz,” wrote a book about it, “Transition: How I Became a Man,” and touted being a “different kind of man” on Dancing with the Stars.

I recently met a man who bought and sold celebrity autographs which, apparently, is a lucrative business.  He told me that even has-been celebrities will appear at conventions and will sell their autographs for as little as $5 – but they’re still making public appearances and still crave the attention.  Most are upset if someone doesn’t recognize them.

I have plenty going on in my life that keeps be very busy so I don’t follow any of these people on Twitter or Facebook and only know about them from the headlines. I can’t escape them at the grocery store or on my computer.  I only read about them because they provide fodder for my articles.  But, there are millions of people who are either curious, envious or enamored with celebrities and are truly interested in every tidbit of news or gossip that’s published.  Otherwise, websites like Perez Hilton’s, tmz.comimnotobsessed.comand thehollywood-gossip.com wouldn’t exist.

But, remember, if that portion of the public wasn’t interested, celebrities would not be celebrities.  In other words, celebrities, who thrive on and crave public and media attention, want their cake and eat it too.  They want the adoration but only when it suits them.  When the going gets tough, they want everyone to back off.  I say they can’t have it both ways.

I don’t get it, but if you do, God bless you.

Author Bio:

For over twenty years, Leona has tried to heed her husband’s advice, “you don’t have to say everything you think.” She’s failed miserably. Licensed to practice law in California and Washington, she works exclusively in the area of child abuse and neglect. She considers herself a news junkie and writes about people and events on her website, “I Don’t Get It,” which she describes as the “musings of an almost 60-year old conservative woman on political, social and cultural life in America.” It’s not her intention to offend anyone who “gets it.” She just doesn’t. Originally from Brooklyn, and later Los Angeles, she now lives with her husband, Michael, on a beautiful island in the Pacific Northwest, which she describes as a bastion of liberalism.
Author website: http://www.idontgetit.us
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  • Gena

    Got to admit I don’t get it either. I’m so out of touch with most current celebrities that when I see the names of people “trending” in the news, for the most part I have no idea who they are or why I should care what they are “trending” about. I’m also so out of touch that I was unaware that Ms. However you spell her name, had made a sex tape. About all I knew about her was that her family apparently either owns QVC or has a show on there and that she apparently, from the headlines, married a guy and made mega bucks off the wedding and then once she got to know the guy, divorced him a couple of months later. Like who cares? Most, not at all, are trashy people leading trashy lives that I prefer to ignore, and for the most part, am able to do.

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  • Kat

    I caught a brief moment (while channel surfing) of the Miss America pageant last night and happened to see Kris Jenner was a judge. Now I know why I don’t watch Miss America or any other “entertainment” show. BORING!!! Guess Miss America thinks their ratings will skyrocket with the likes of Kris Jenner and whoever else was a judge. I didn’t know who the 2011 Miss America winner was and don’t care who the 2012 winner is……don’t care what the Hollywood crowd is doing. Wake me up when something of substance comes on television. It’s really rare these days.

  • chief98110

    In my business I have to deal with people who suffer from this same narcissistic behavior. It’s all about “me”, and others are here just for me. The one thing I find valuable in all this hoopla over celebrates is that I don’t care enough about any of them to even know who they are and that reminds me how blessed my life has been.

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  • A. K. Steele

    The biggest question I have about these people is ‘Who?’ Absolutely right on…ignore them and maybe they will go away.

    When was the last show in America that wasn’t a remake? When was the last original idea to come out of Hollywood? When was the last time my family watched network TV?

    Proud to say that Jimmy Stewart is one of my kids (down to 8 years old) favorite celebs. No need to make new movies, there already are good flicks in the library to last a lifetime.

    I highly recommend the movie ‘Shenandoah’ above all.

  • DOOM161

    Celebrities’ lives would be a whole lot easier if it wasn’t for those pesky fans.

  • Ron F

    I don’t know if Kim Kardashian became a celebrity because of a sex tape or if she was a celebrity prior to it being released. I did not even know there was a sex tape until reading one of Leona’s columns. He celebrity doesn’t bother me because I can ignore it as with the other celebrities. There hypocrisy doesn’t bother me because I am not interested in their lives although I doubt it is unique to celebrities. I have no idea if it applies to most celebrities or a minority of them. Frankly, there must be a public for the information or we would not have all of the reality television shows or entertainment shows that revolve around the lives of celebrities.