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And another thing!

I really shouldn't read the papers - I just get wound up. Now reading about the 12 year old girl whose only ambition in life is to be a WAG.
She is encouraged by her parents to have 'hair extensions and false nails, to wear make-up.'
All part of a rant about how celebrity culture is 'corroding society'.....
Is it? General sec of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers union claims TV stars and musicians are encouraged to behave badly because they know the public revels in their 'distress and their downfall'. Not quite sure about the logic of that one but what do you reckon? Will the appetite for celebrity ever slow down and stop? Or are people too addicted to celebrity?
I'll shut up now.......Cool

Posted at 28th Nov 2008 - 11:00AM   Posted by Exmoorjane   And another thing! Comments: 10

Westerwitch's Avatar Nope it will never slow down or stop - hundreds of years ago it was the aristocracy that the 'common' people enjoyed watching their downfall - now it is anyone who makes it into the public eye. Question is, is this a British thing . . . we love the underdog and cheer when the underdog makes good . . . then we pause to bend down and bring out the knives. JK Rowling is a classic example. We were warmed when we read that she used to write in a cafe to keep warm and we cheered at her struggles and wished her well - then she became a millionaire and was suddenly declared to be a rubbish writer and the press turned cruel. Over simplification I know - but you get the gist.

Posted by: Westerwitch on 28th Nov 2008 at 11:07AM

Fennie's Avatar Sounds as though she's aiming to be in the Welsh Assembly Government!Very Happy

Posted by: Fennie on 28th Nov 2008 at 12:08PM

Angel's Avatar How ruddy ridiculous!!

Totally agree Jane.

Close your ears dear, but I do blame the press and celebrity magazines who fuel a lot of it.

Interestingly I nearly did a blog about Gordon Ramsay and his current marital problems-it is a classic example of how celebrities are built up then denegrated.

Now-just something that will make you even more cross...
I have just bought one of my goddaughters the new 'Jordan' Besotted Fragrance. She's 14, (going on 19, but a darling girl.) And I know I should have bought her a copy of Pride or Prejudice or something else more suitable but apparently the fragrance is top of her list for Christmas wishes!
(I wondered who liked 'this stuff.')

I see 'Jackie' Mag is having a revival...I had progressed to that from Bunty when I was a teenager. These days they all read OK, Hello and Grazia. Of course in 'my day' Princess Diana had just come on the scene and I was obsessed-made scrapbook after scrapbook. Same thing really, I guess and probably where much of the current celebrity mania started.


Posted by: Angel on 28th Nov 2008 at 01:22PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Oooh, I never read Jackie - thought it was far too racy! Bunty though - absolutely.
Celebrity perfumes? Just aaaaaaaghhhhhhhhhhh.

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 28th Nov 2008 at 03:11PM

LittleBrownDog's Avatar Oh, Angel - I used to read Jackie! Remember the Cathy and Claire page? I'd always turn to that first EmbarassedEmbarassedEmbarassed It all seems so innocent, though, by today's standards. Problems were all about hiding spots and getting a certain boy to "notice" you. Now it's all well, I dread to think.... Excuse me while I have a grumpy old woman moment Mad

Posted by: LittleBrownDog on 28th Nov 2008 at 03:12PM

Ivy's Avatar She wants to be a WHAT? Hair extensions for a 12 year old? Imean some people just have no sense at all what will she do when she is 28? I hope she will be shepherding a herd of goats on the Isle of Man being married to a new age freak . More likely though she will be a drug addict.

Posted by: Ivy on 28th Nov 2008 at 04:34PM

Saw a brilliant play last night called Lush Life, about the downfall of a jazz singer obsessed with Ella Fitzgerald. Performed by five beautiful and talented young sixth formers, one of whom is the youngests girlfriendBlink. It was written in 2005 and is a salutory lesson for any teenager so obsessed. However, it is very easy to blame the media. For me it begins at home and for parents of a twelve year old to be encouraging her to wear hair extensions etc, well, I can't help thinking it's a form of child abuse.
Going to sound like a real old fuddy duddy, but being a parent is the hardest job in life and too many parents take the easy option of trying to be a friend to their children instead of a parent who sets examples and boundaries.
Sorry, rant over, too Blink

Posted by: @themill on 28th Nov 2008 at 05:51PM

Unpeuloufoque's Avatar ummm what is a WAG when its at home, pretty sure she doe snot have plans to be a dashing young wit ( which is what I know a wag to be from Jane Austin times!)

Posted by: Unpeuloufoque on 28th Nov 2008 at 06:01PM

btw EJ, I don't suppose celebrities have ever heard of scent Rolling EyesVery Happy

Posted by: @themill on 28th Nov 2008 at 06:07PM

Exmoorjane's Avatar Ah sorry, forgot the scent bit!

Posted by: Exmoorjane on 28th Nov 2008 at 07:37PM

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