October 21, 2004

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It’s often astonishing how many people are selling out these days. People don’t care anymore about their image — they just go right ahead and embarrass themselves and do stupid stuff, even though it looks bad.

This brings me to the world of celebrity-dom. Celebrities sell out every day, but they can because they are rich. They have personal trainers and cooks to prepare food for their macrobiotic diets, so it doesn’t matter. But it has become increasingly painful for me to watch these people doing this to themselves over and over again. Jennifer Lopez is a really good example of this because she has sold out over three hundred times. (Really, I’m not making this up.) Jennifer’s career is easily scrutinized simply because the only half-decent movie she has ever made is Out of Sight, and that film was made six years ago. Each time she finishes a bad movie you silently pray that she will read the script before she starts filming, but to no avail. She goes and does it again. Alas, I present to you the newest installment of the J.Lo curse, Shall We Dance? I find it hard to believe that anyone would even spend money to go see this film because: 1) it’s made by Miramax (ahem, sell-outs), and 2) because we already know how it ends. Didn’t anyone see The Wedding Planner, Maid in Manhattan (my personal favorite), or Gigli? Even though you may have avoided them in the theaters, we all know you probably saw them on HBO, so don’t kid yourself. Jenny from the Block (I jest), has absolutely zero common sense, because if she did, she would stop working all together. To put it bluntly, Jennifer is not great at anything; she is simply mediocre at everything she does. She wants to make money and be famous, even if it means that she does crappy movies and makes crappy albums. So, 20 years from now when we are all sitting around chatting about the Olsens’ pornography career, no one will have the faintest idea of who Jennifer Lopez is.

So as I was thinking more about the Jennifer problem, I came across an article in The New York Times about reality show television stars. Now this is an oxymoron in itself, because how can there possibly be reality show “stars.” Once these people get on a reality show they will continue to play themselves on television for the rest of their lives. This is why we have older married couples with children who prance onto the set of Real World/Road Rules Challenge every year. What happened to “real” 18-year-olds on MTV? It doesn’t exist anymore, because why should they hire new people when they can just bring the old people back to rehash arguments that occurred in 1994. The point is, these stupid reality shows, their creators, and their networks are all selling-out. They are not creative enough to create an actual television show so they just put people in stupid situations and film them. And to top it all off, most of the show is scripted and manipulated and they hire back the same people year after year!

No one puts effort into anything anymore, or thinks of original ideas, or uses common sense. But 20 years from now, no one will remember anything about these people. Soon enough, there will be no more “real” situations to air on television. Reality shows will disappear, and Law and Order will still be on every night of the week.

Archived article by Amanda Hodes