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November 13, 2014

The Paparazzi…

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Written for: Communicado Magazine
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The first awards show of the year is always the Golden Globes. This year, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted, supposedly for the third and final time. Three must be the magic number – Ricky Gervais hosted three times as well. Don’t remember who hosted before that, but, six years of hosts is more than enough to remember.

Irreverent as always. But, I have to call out the line of the night:
Tina Fey’s set up of George Clooney’s Cecil B. DeMille lifetime achievement award. She ran down the list of accomplishments by his new wife, Amal Alamuddin, an international human rights lawyer… then points out that she’s there to celebrate her husband’s lifetime achievement award. HYSTERICAL. George Clooney is iconic in Hollywood, but, in that moment, his true life-value was clear – His work and accomplishments pale in comparison to his wife’s. Line of the night…

I use this as an example to say – fame in The United States of America is misdirected. So why weren’t the paparazzi chasing her before she became Mrs. George Clooney? And why don’t the paparazzi chase broadway actors?

More actors should do broadway to avoid being stalked by the paparazzi and violated by fame. They seem to be able to live less invaded lives while actually producing better work than what we see on reality TV.

When I lived in New York City, I occasionally saw actors and public figures walking down the street. In Washington, D.C., public officials are seen being regular people everyday. What’s wrong with Hollywood?

I used to walk through the streets of Manhattan wearing a hat and dark glasses just to see if anyone would do a double take. No one noticed. No one cared. The disguise served only to protect my eyes from harmful UV rays…

The answer to my previous question is because Mrs. Clooney was/is doing important work. That’s not sexy. George Clooney gets spray tanned before his movies… We need to know about that… I would venture a guess that even George Clooney thinks that’s crazy…

In his defense, he looked embarrassed when he heard the joke because he knew it was not a joke and likely agreed with it.

I also heard Will Smith speak to this issue once. He said, “If you aspire to be rich, that’s good, but, don’t aspire to be famous because there’s nothing good about that.”