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The Media Love "Young Hollywood"
Media Monitor ^ | 1/5/2007 | Andy Selepak

Posted on 01/05/2007 6:59:19 AM PST by Mike Bates

Gone are the days of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, and the Rat Pack, who engaged in questionable behavior but kept it private. These days Americans are left with semi-celebrities like Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton. And like never before these semi-talented semi-celebrities are on the front cover of major magazines, in the tabloids, in the news, and on our televisions, and worst of all, influencing young girls across the country on what it takes to be famous, or more appropriately, infamous.

In what was presented as a significant "news" development, ABC News reported that on November 22, cameras caught Britney Spears in a leopard-print mini-dress that was so short it revealed her underwear. Two days later, the mother of two was photographed getting out of a car in a mini-skirt but this time without underwear.

In a desperate cry for attention, today's semi-celebrities show no shame, no modesty, and no remorse, in a never-ending attempt for media coverage. And the media comply.

Peter Post, director of the Emily Post Institute of etiquette and manners, told ABC News, "My concern is the impressionability of young people. I think that some young people are going to say, 'Wow, if Britney Spears and Paris Hilton can do that, I wonder if I can do that.'" What concerns Post even more is that these semi-celebrities are "having to go a little bit further and be a little more outrageous in order to be talked about." He's right, but it's a sad commentary that his opinion is sought precisely because of the bad taste of the media. It's like the media are embarrassed over what they show their viewers. So they have to get an ethics experts to reprimand them. Perhaps that is a step forward.

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1 posted on 01/05/2007 6:59:20 AM PST by Mike Bates
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To: Mike Bates

If people who are all over the news all the time are "semi-celebrities," what does the author consider real "celebrities." Perhaps he thinks "celebrity" means something other than "all over the news all the time"?


2 posted on 01/05/2007 7:09:48 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Mike Bates
The comparison between the Rat Pack and the Three Bimbos of the Apocalypse should make us pause. The Rat Pack at least wore formal wear to go to to work.

By the way, as I understand it, Dean Martin played up his image of being an alcohol soaked playboy - in reality, I have heard he was faithful to his wife and not nearly the drinker he portrayed himself to be.

Regards, Ivan

3 posted on 01/05/2007 7:13:09 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: MadIvan
. . . Dean Martin played up his image of being an alcohol soaked playboy - in reality, I have heard he was faithful to his wife. .. .

Well, maybe not his first wife. But he did wear underwear in public. We think. :)

4 posted on 01/05/2007 7:17:20 AM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

Like, gag me with a spoon.

5 posted on 01/05/2007 7:17:57 AM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Mike Bates
"Going commando" in a tuxedo sounds rather uncomfortable to me.

Regards, Ivan

6 posted on 01/05/2007 7:18:06 AM PST by MadIvan (I aim to misbehave.)
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To: Tax-chick
I think I kind of get the author's problem. There's the old definitioin of celebrity: A person who is famous for being famous. And while it is rumored that Brtney can sing and Leslie Lohan can act, I've never quite understood what it is that Paris Hilton can do, I mean other than the dirty. So she certiannly is a celebrity in that sense.

But I bet the author thinks a celebrity ought to be able to do something important and to do it well, and that vague conviction leads to the uncertainty of "semi-celebrity".


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7 posted on 01/05/2007 7:21:42 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: Mike Bates; All

Go to nypost.com for a pic of Spears..she looks like she's aged about 50 years..


8 posted on 01/05/2007 7:23:20 AM PST by ken5050
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To: ken5050
Go to nypost.com for a pic of Spears..she looks like she's aged about 50 years..

Thanks. I needed that.

9 posted on 01/05/2007 7:27:12 AM PST by Mike Bates (Irish Alzheimer's victim: I only remember the grudges.)
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To: Mike Bates

De nada....but it's really scary, isn't....


10 posted on 01/05/2007 7:35:43 AM PST by ken5050
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To: Mad Dawg
And while it is rumored that Brtney can sing and Leslie Lohan can act

I saw a movie with Lindsay Lohan in it - "Mean Girls," a teen-chick flick. She can act like a teenage girl :-), and also sing, or at least she could a few years ago.

I think you're right about the point the author was trying to make.

11 posted on 01/05/2007 7:48:34 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Mike Bates

I am, like, SEW glad I tuurned her down when she asked me to marry her!


12 posted on 01/05/2007 7:56:39 AM PST by Mad Dawg (Now we are all Massoud)
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To: MadIvan

The Rat Pack actually had something today's punk celebrities don't....talent.


13 posted on 01/05/2007 7:58:05 AM PST by dfwgator
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Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan is one of the greatest family movies of all time.

That much I know.

14 posted on 01/05/2007 7:58:40 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

Thanks! I'll check the library for it, next time I want a movie for my little girls. There's only so many times one can show "Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus" without breaking out the adult beverages before noon!


15 posted on 01/05/2007 8:07:21 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Tax-chick
Please get back to me if (I'm sure they will)they love it.

Cheers.

16 posted on 01/05/2007 8:11:15 AM PST by Jakarta ex-pat
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To: MadIvan
By the way, as I understand it, Dean Martin played up his image of being an alcohol soaked playboy - in reality, I have heard he was faithful to his wife and not nearly the drinker he portrayed himself to be.

Frank Sinatra said his secret during the Rat Pack shows was to take one sip from a drink, set it discreetly to one side, then pour another one. It was all an illusion.

17 posted on 01/05/2007 8:13:32 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Mike Bates

When you peak at 18, it's a long way down...


18 posted on 01/05/2007 8:14:09 AM PST by Mr. Jeeves ("When the government is invasive, the people are wanting." -- Tao Te Ching)
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To: Jakarta ex-pat

I'll try to remember!


19 posted on 01/05/2007 8:24:14 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
When you peak at 18, it's a long way down...

Yup. There was a girl in our neighborhood who peaked at about 14. She was sensational at 14, but by 18 she was long since over the hill. Amazing.

20 posted on 01/05/2007 8:29:53 AM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion (The idea around which liberalism coheres is that NOTHING actually matters except PR.)
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To: Tax-chick
The Parent Trap with Lohan is a sorry remake of the original, starring Haley Mills as the twins. Brian Keith and Maureen O'Hara were the parents. It's on cable TV fairly regularly,it is far more wholesome than the too kewl remake.

This article reminds me of something I heard at a party over the Christmas holiday. A woman who was about my age was talking about MySpace and YouTube. She said:

"Finally, these kids are getting the attention that they didn't get from their daycare providers". Just as dry as a perfect martini!
21 posted on 01/05/2007 8:36:40 AM PST by ishabibble (ALL-AMERICAN INFIDEL)
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To: ishabibble; Jakarta ex-pat
I've seen old Disney version; not a favorite, even when I was a child. My girls (8 and 6) might like an updated one. They enjoyed "Ice Princess" a few weeks ago, and so did I.

"Finally, these kids are getting the attention that they didn't get from their daycare providers."

Shoot, that's a zinger worthy of Mark Steyn!

22 posted on 01/05/2007 9:08:55 AM PST by Tax-chick ("Everything is either willed or permitted by God, and nothing can hurt me." Bl. Charles de Foucauld)
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To: Mike Bates
Now this is a celebrity!


23 posted on 01/05/2007 9:15:40 AM PST by meg88
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To: Jakarta ex-pat
Parent Trap with Lindsay Lohan is one of the greatest family movies of all time. That much I know.

I liked that movie enough to buy it. The music in it is really good, including songs from the 40's.

24 posted on 01/05/2007 9:55:00 AM PST by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Mike Bates

Someone should morph that picture into one of Madeleine Albright.

Somehow, I think it will show what Brintey will look like in the future.


25 posted on 01/05/2007 10:33:38 AM PST by Maceman (This is America. Why must we press "1" for English?)
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To: Maceman
You've got a good eye - uncanny resemblance. Couldn't find a pic of youthful Half-bright...


26 posted on 01/05/2007 11:06:33 AM PST by GoldCountryRedneck ("Idiocy - Never under estimate the power of stupid people in large numbers" - despair.com)
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To: MadIvan

Is 'going commando' like 'going regimental'?


27 posted on 01/05/2007 12:31:49 PM PST by Vor Lady
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To: Mike Bates

I love them enough to turn either the channel or the television off when they are on.


28 posted on 01/05/2007 1:08:32 PM PST by kcbc2001
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