… or they will be when, not if, they get together.
Celebrities fascinate many of us. Even those of us, like myself, who profess not to be as interested, take notice from time to time. And, face it, they are important to the good of the country. After all, how would People and Us magazines stay in business not to mention Entertainment Tonight, TMZ, the late night talk shows and innumerable blogs and websites.
Of course, our fascination is nothing new, but with the myriad ways to disseminate celebrity information it sure seems that way. So I wonder in my weaker moments who are the greatest celebrities? Bear in mind, this is totally unscientific and probably reflects some of my own biases( I know you are completely shocked by that!) both pro and con.
For my purposes, I drew very random and totally meaningless, almost, criteria. Who are the greatest celebrity couples? Well, there was Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, a childhood favorite. There was Marilyn Monroe and fill in the blank ( probably Joe DiMaggio). We have had Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and in the minds of many the elite of the elite, Mr Pitt and Ms Jolie.
But I believe that the Couple of couples has yet to pair up, that is with each other. They are very famous of course and each has and still has, high-profile relationships. They are of course Jennifer Aniston and George Clooney. Each is beginning to age, he better than she, I think. Just think of the headlines and star power and she could finally have revenge on Brad Pitt for dumping her. Perfect! There is one minute problem. People Magazine has a picture portfolio of Ms Aniston that numbers 504 images while Mr Clooney has only 280. Perhaps, that would need to be addressed.
One of my favorite things in the newspaper is the annual issue of Parade magazine that gives examples of what people earn. This intrigues me on several levels. It is of course very interesting to see what certain celebrities earned last year. But, equally interesting for me is to note what just regular folks make. This years issue gave us the earnings of 21 celebrities and 120 “non” – celebrities. I am always intrigued by how people get on the list and why they would choose to display their annual earnings for all to see,along with their job and their place of residence.( Several on the list are from North Carolina.)
So, let us take a glance, inside the numbers, so to speak. Of course, we begin with the notables. The highest earner on the list was media mogul, Tyler Perry. who makes successful movies and television shows( Tyler Perry’s House of Payne) to the tune of a cool $125 million last year. He was followed by Eldridge Woods with a paltry $110 million. You may have heard of him as Tiger. He plays a little golf, makes some good commercials,etc. Skipping a spot to #3 to make it fair to the ladies is Beyonce Knowles, singer, actress and model. Alas, she only made $80 million in 2008.
Now, it is always intriguing to discuss. Are these folks worth what they earn when the President only makes around $400,000? They probably are not, but relating it to the President or school teachers or law enforcement to illustrate flaws in our society’s value system is not valid either.
For example, candidates running for President don’t do it for the money, since they know the salary in advance. For them, it is more about power or serving their country,etc. Similar arguments could be made for those in public education or many of the service professions. They don’t enter these field s to amass wealth. Should they be adequately compensated? Of course, but that is not an easy question to answer.
In today’s economy, teachers and nurses and the like are subject to layoffs just as are blue collar workers. Our entertainers, which includes those in professional sports are somewhat more immune. Teams may lay off ticket takers or office personnel but the big ticket folks sail along, largely unscathed. Example, the New York Yankees reduced their player payroll by about $8 million from last year but there are still a number of players making over$10 million annually.
Since most of us are far removed from mega or semi-mega wealth, this primarily serves as an an interesting topic for discussion. But perhaps it can help us a bit with how to value things and occupations and those who perform them.
Oh, the highest paid individual on the list was someone I did not recognize, at $1.2 billion(billion with a “b”) 0 while the lowest was New York mayor Michael Bloomberg at a salary of $1.00. Figure that one out.
This is one of my favorite topics to ponder and rant about ranking right up there with why do we do the things we do . Perhaps there is even a correlation . I suppose that the most recent trigger was a magazine cover (People or Us or one of their ilk ) showing pictures of celebrities who had recently given birth . The teaser headlines and pictures lauded these individuals for having lost their baby weight so quickly and regaining their dynamic look . One picture purportedly showed a new celebrity mom just days after giving birth and looking ” fab ” thanks to her practice of yoga . Also on the cover was the seemingly obligatory photo of a celebrity and her new great look after having panned by the same or a similar magazine just weeks ago for looking so bad . Now is this important you might ask . Apparently so, for both of the aforementioned publications sell millions of issues each week . And there are others besides them as well as tv shows of a similar style . So there is a market for the gossippy, titillating , news, rumor, innuendo etc.,( not always 100% true ) about current celebs, former celebs and wannabe celebs . I am convinced that even though these folks oftentimes rail about invasions of privacy and the vicious paparazzi that many if not most would be sorely disappointed if the media glow faded away . Otherwise why do some of the totally stupid things they do if not for the simple reason that they want to be , nay, must be noticed and noticed often . I’m sure there is another post or two in me on this subject . So I will leave you with this little tidbit that dovetails nicely with the subject above . Why are there so many televised awards shows for the the inhabitants of the the entertainment world and is there an award show for award shows ?
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