Sunday, September 18, 2005

Celebrities and Mocha Soy Lattes

Sunny Hi 110 Lo 81 for Baghdad, Iraq
Mostly Sunny Hi 80 Lo 61 for Northern Kentucky, USA

Before I get started--- Happy Birthday Aimee!

Song of the week: Celebrity, Brad Paisley

As a kid and like those of my generation I loved television, I read magazines like Tiger Beat, 16, and Teen Magazine to learn more about my favorites in television and in music... I had crushes on the likes of Bobby Sherman (Here Come the Brides), Jack Wild (Dodger in Oliver, H.R. Puff N Stuff), Parker Stevenson (Hardy Boys), Scott Baio (Happy Days), David Cassidy (The Partridge Family), Mickey Dolenz (The Monkees), and Paul Michael Glaser (Starsky and Hutch) to just name a few. I have never liked the pretty boys-Shaun Cassidy, Leif Garrett, Davey Jones, etc...) I wished that I could hang out with the likes of Kristy McNichol, Jodie Foster and the Brady Kids.

As I got older my adoration turned to bands.... Like television, music was a way to escape the trials and tribulations of growing up-- More accurately, it was a way of tuning out... zoning out... It was a means of getting away from my family and setting myself apart and finding my own "unique" identity.... I always seemed to have a crush on the drummer or bass player... I followed groups such as The Talking Heads, Echo and The Bunnymen, King Crimson, Squeeze, XTC, The Plimsouls, The Boomtown Rats, Pretenders, The Cars, The Clash, Elvis Costello, U2, The Specials, and The Police to name a few... I was there when MTV was born. How many times did you see J. Geils' Angel is a Centerfold...? I also had a passion for the "older" stuff- The Beatles, Elvis, Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Rolling get the picture...

So because of this, I followed these folks and their lives through magazines and newspaper articles... Now remember all you young whipper snappers... this is all pre-cable, pre-Entertainment Tonight, pre-E!, pre-internet..... Would I call it worship?...No... I liked them and I wanted to know more about them...It was all innocent...

I can whoop just about anyones butt in tv trivia... I'm telling you... there is so much useless information floating in my head its amazing there is room for anything else... I'm talking about all the older television shows also... from Gilligan's Island to The Andy Griffith Show to The Adams Family to Mary Tyler Moore to M*A*S*H to Taxi to Mad About You to Cheers to Seinfeld.

Prior to March 2003, I was completely enthralled with television, especially the reality shows... The first reality show as I recall, was The Real World... "The true story of seven strangers picked to live in a loft and have their lives taped...." I adored Julie and wanted her to stay away from Eric. I loved the friendship between Heather and Julie. I loved Andre the rocker and his hair... always felt they didn't focus on him enough... I digress... Nearly 10 years later Survivor premieres... man... I was psyched!!... I bought into all the hype. I adored Rudy... that crusty old Navy Seal... but alas...Richard.... Richard won...

The second season of Survivor was so much fun because a local man was on the show... Rodger Bingham from Crittenden, KY was actually a teacher of Master Jedi Rob. Rob was thoughtful enough to get an autographed t-shirt for me... I still have it... Rodger was the one man on all the seasons I watched that remained consistently decent. He was the exception on the television show, in life he is the rule- One can play this game and play it honestly. One can speak about Jesus Christ and one's faith and those listening are not forced to do anything. No, he didn't win the one million dollars, but he did ask that the others vote him off before they voted off Elisabeth. --A noble and gallant act and all genuine--Some things are more important than being rich... To this day, I hold him in the highest regard.

March 2003.... What happened Cath? Well, "reality shows" seemed silly... As you recall we went to war in Iraq... Soldiers and Marines were putting it on the line "for real". The real reality was watching embedded reporters--Greg Kelly and Rick Leventhal on Fox reporting. from the front lines live as our brave fighting men defeated a murdering dictator. Today we rarely watch network television and when we do, we are stunned by some of the things we see...

I'm not sure when everything on television became bitches and whores... I'm not sure when men became stupid and disrespected in their own homes... its just not funny... When watching television or a movie, its more difficult to dive into that fantasy world... I'm too preoccupied with thoughts of... "I wonder if so and so is still married to so and so"... or I bet he is still doing drugs... look at how sick he looks..." or "Oh my God... Botox.... she can't blink..." or " help me God... he needs to shut up... I don't want to know what his politics are...don't make me dislike you...for the love of Pete..."

Don't misinterpret... I'm not a prude and I love to laugh at a good dirty joke... Yes, of course I watch the History Channel, Discovery Channel, etc etc... but I'm also a fan of SouthPark... Reno 911 (hysterical raunchy show), and of course Michael and I are fans of Spongebob favorite character being Gary...

What's my point? I dunno.... I'm not sure I have one... I just wish we revered good behavior instead of bad behavior. I wish we would admire couples that have been married for more than a minute. I wish television was something I could watch with my grandfather and not be embarrassed by what is being said or what is being worn. I wish they would keep their traps closed. Let me like them for their body of work and not be preoccupied with the causes they support. I wish the kids weren't smart asses and had some sense knocked into them. Since when is talking back to your parents acceptable behavior? I wish the women had more respect for themselves... I wish the men behaved like men...

So, with that said... here is my salute to todays celebrity... Y'all make us proud....

"Healthy Relationships..."

Renee and Kenny....Already?
HT: The Therapist

Let's not forget these... Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston, Tom Green and Drew Barrymore, Britney Spears and that guy that she was married to for about a day, Madonna and Sean Penn, Liza Minelli and that gay guy, Julia Roberts and Lyle Lovett, Tom Cruise and Mimi Rogers, Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, Angelina Jolie and Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee, Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley, Nicholas Cage and Lisa Marie Presley, Nicholas Cage and Patricia Arquette, Nicholas Cage and a 20 year old sushi waitress, J.Lo and anybody....

Run a Google search "celebrity divorces"...Some of these people are on their 5th and 6ths marriages... and they are younger than me!!

Predictions for future failed marriages...

Sandra Bullock and Jesse James

Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes

Paris Hilton and the other Paris... Britney and her baby's daddy...

"Because My Opinion Matters..."

Please, please Gwyneth...
HT: Beware the Dark Side

Celine please shut up. Please shut up. "I open the television, there's people still there, waiting to be rescued, and for me it's not acceptable," she said on CNN television's Larry King Live late Saturday."
HT: My Pet Jawa

Jane Fonda just can't help herself...
HT: Scootertrash Conservative

Kanye West

"Acceptable Behavior... "

Poor misunderstood Russell Crowe.
HT: Ace of Spades

Anna at the AMA Awards. click on "watch now"
HT: The Superficial

Robert Downey Jr.

Read This

"It's Important that I Feel Good About Myself..."

"[...] by doubling aid, fully cancelling debt, and delivering trade justice for Africa, the G8 could change the future for millions of men, women and children." Live8
HT: A North American Patriot

Sean Penn single handedly saving the planet.... 1 cup at a time...

Martha has a show coming out this fall... good to remember... I won't be watching, but let me know if she speaks about ethics...

I did a Google search "celebrity causes" and got this and this and this.

For Fun...

Dateline: Hollywood

So, the Emmy's are on tonight... and don't forget about the pre show..."Who are you wearing?" blah blah blah.... Michael and I won't be watching... we will most assuredly miss all the wardrobe malfunctions, bleeps (if they still do that...) and all the lecturing on Katrina and the war and that awful Nazi President and Dick Cheney and Haliburton .... not interested... you watch and give me a full report...

Someday I'm gonna be famous, do I have talent, well no
These days you don't really need it thanks to reality shows
Can't wait to date a supermodel, can't wait to sue my dad
Can't wait to wreck a Ferrari on my way to rehab
Cause when you're a celebrity
It's adios reality
You can act just like a fool
People think you're cool
Just 'cause you're on TV
I can throw a major fit
When my latte isn't just how I like it
When they say I've gone insane
I'll blame it on the fame
And the pressures that go with
Being a celebrity
I'll get to cry to Barbara Walters when things don't go my way
And I'll get community service no matter which law I break
I'll make the supermarket tabloids, they'll write some awful stuff
But the more they run my name down the more my price goes up
'Cause when you're a celebrity
It's adios reality
No matter what you do
People think you're cool
Just 'cause you're on TV
I can fall in and out of love
Have marriages that barely last a month
When they go down the drain
I'll blame it on the fame
And say it's just so tough
Being a celebrity
So let's hitch up the wagons and head out west
To the land of the fun and the sun
We'll be real world bachelor jackass millionaires
Hey hey, Hollywood, here we come
Cause when you're a celebrity
It's adios reality
No matter what you do
People think you're cool
Just 'cause you're on TV
Being a celebrity
Yeah celebrity

Have a great week everyone!


Wonder Woman said...

Nice one, this week -- One of my favorite subjects!

Mike said...

Honey are you gonna make me watch the emmys? With this article Brent Bozell now has competition.


Jedi Master Rob said...

For those who don't know Cathy personally, she IS a TV trivia machine. Ask her something! Go on. . go ahead and ask.

otimaster said...

Hy Cathy,
how are you? I'am well but I am working a lot and I cannot write how much I would want.
I hope to come more time in future.
Tomorrow is a great day for Valentino Rossi, this night I will not sleep to watch the GP.
Greets Mike for me.

your friend


GNN Staff Writer said...

O.K., no fair looking on the internet. Who played the crusty Social Worker in the TV show EAST SIDE - WEST SIDE?

Cathy said...

Ah... Nickie... showing your age... This was before my time, but that was George C. Scott... and I did not cheat... :-))