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Posted on 12/07/2009 8:31:39 AM PST by AreaMan
Why Celebrity Op-Eds Suck
Pretty much anything Bono or Sean Penn write is a festival of crap that would never be tolerated from another contributor. Even James Franco sounds like a moron in today's Wall Street Journal. Here's why:
When it came in it was semi-literate. And by 'semi-literate' I mean 'illiterate'. I went to the editor and told him I could have a crack at it, but it probably needed a rewrite. He said to run it as is, and that any changes commas, tiny things had to be approved by the guy's fucking agent.
Now I'm back in my own house in Dublin, uncorking some nice wine, ready for the vinegar it can turn to when families and friends overindulge, as I am about to. Right by the hole-in-the-wall cellar, I look up to see a vision in yellow: a painting Frank sent to me after I sang "I've Got You Under My Skin" with him on the 1993 "Duets" album. One from his own hand. A mad yellow canvas of violent concentric circles gyrating across a desert plain. Francis Albert Sinatra, painter, modernista.
But wait. The women. Look at the women. All is not well. I'm thinking about the women. This is Iran.
The same applies to profiles. Capturing someone in a few thousand words is an art, and there are back-room negotiations galore before a famous or eminent person allows a professional Ian Parker, Lynn Barber to begin the process. Naomi Campbell on the other hand is pretty and has been on the teevee and in magazines and can get a sit down with Hugo Chavez just by showing up in
Bolivia Venezuela [I need a copy editor too] and batting her eyelashes. So she gets to contribute interviews to British GQ, along with Elton John's partner David Furnish a man who has never once asked a question anyone wanted answered.
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“Celebrities... is there anything they don’t know?”
- Homer J. Simpson
A person’s opinion of the quality of a celebrity’s editorializing is usually directly proportional to how much that celeb already agrees with them.
Big deal. Celebrities have opinions and are as entitled to share them as I am. That they have more access, or may sell more papers than I do is just a fact of life. Sometimes they really are thoughtful and well-wrtitten. But, only the ones who agree with me. ;-)
Apparently the only thing most don’t know is that they are clueless idiots. Voight and Jolee are probably the only exceptions since Reagan died.
Well, SOME celebrity columns suck. Others are great, like those by Charlie Daniels, Pat Sajak, and even Chuck Norris. I think it depends on the reader as to whether they suck or not.
I love celebs like Bono who want us ‘commoners’ to bailout (with our tax dollars) sycophants African dictators and their corrupt governments that starve their own people in the name of ‘socialism’ while Mr Bono quickly off shores HIS wealth into tax haven shelters.
I know Voight is conservative, but is Angelina Jolie? There was a recent rumor that she “didn’t like Obama,” and she does have a “know your rights” tattoo... and she was rumored to be making an Ayn Rand movie...
I love reading Charlie Daniels. And Pat Boone. And Ted Nugent (how’s that for a conservative trifecta?!)
“Why Celebrity Op-Eds Suck”
Because they can’t write. Or think, but mostly write.
Why Celebrity Op-Eds Suck:
Because they are not an authority on the topics they choose to comment on, but people are exposed to them and foolishly worship the ground they walk on.
I appreciate the opinions of conservative celebs, but they hold no more value than the majority of celebs’ liberal opinions in that they are not experts of study in the field they comment on. Maybe they are just a bit more eloquent because most of them are artists.
Most artists have fantastic minds...as in fantasy.
WTH was James Franco talking about????
“I love celebs like Bono who want us commoners to bailout (with our tax dollars) sycophants African dictators and their corrupt governments that starve their own people in the name of socialism while Mr Bono quickly off shores HIS wealth into tax haven shelters.”
NOBODY IS GONNA TOP THIS....
One banker wrote that Bono has sved 35-40 million dollars with his tax dodges.\
FOLKS WE HAVE A WINNER!!
Uggg. Seriously, Bono's so pompous I'll bet he bottles his own farts.