After the latest atrocity to befall our nation (the Putin-Trump Helsinki meeting, unless Donald has already tweeted something else between then and now), one of the first news posts that popped on my phone was “Hollywood reacts to …”
Why do we never see “Normal Americans on the scene react to …”? Because apparently media consumers do not want to hear what a real person has to say. As a nation, we take our cues from Hollywood and New York. Personally, I never make a move without asking myself, “What would Oprah do?”
I kid, of course. Why people give a rat’s rumpus about how overpaid line readers feel about situations that have no bearing on their pampered lives has always eluded me.
The point of contention, in my view, are the talking heads’ habit of gravitating toward famous people to see how they FEELZ about the latest attack on our way of life … then quote the lower swimmers in the gene pool for their skewed insights on the matter.
When was the moment media big wigs got the notion that celebrated rocket surgeon Leonardo DiCaprio had a direct line to the Department of What’s What so he could give an informed opinion about any matter? Obviously, the interview would be given on board his Lear as he jets to the next global warming summit. Carbon footprint, indeed.
Rob Reiner was a fine actor on “All in the Family” and a brilliant director in the immortal movie “This Is Spinal Tap.” I just don’t see why the cameras fly his way for opinions on everything from immigration to gun control to foot fungus. After all, every liberal’s favorite Republican, Senator Lindsey Graham would probably be available, wearing makeup 24/7 so he’ll be ready at a moment’s notice to take the stage and opine on whatever the GOP has done lately to irritate him.
We live in a world where our news readers are also celebrities. Just take some antacid and watch the people who are supposed to oversee impartially disseminating information smooze with late night clowns who have obviously let their hatred of the President override their desire to entertain or amuse.
What a long, strange trip it has been. The reality TV show “Big Brother,” hosted by Julie Chen, is celebrating its 20th iteration. When the program first went on the air, people were livid because Julie, then a news critter, was blurring the lines between news and entertainment. It was a controversy at the time. Now news readers trip over themselves to be next in the comfy seat beside … beside … who hosts late night now? They’re all so interchangeable.
Face it – if you boycotted every actor, musician and author who disagreed with you philosophically, you would probably take a major hit in the culture department.
But instead of breathlessly reporting how Hollywood is reacting to anything, could journalists possibly do a little research, maybe gather some information, and report on a flipping story? And no, talking heads, polls do not count as news.