Stop playing into her hands and cut her off

I think it’s from the book If Chins Could Kill by actor and B-movie legend Bruce Campbell where the response given to an aspiring actor’s question of how they can become famous is “shoot the president”. The guy didn’t want to know how to become an actor, he just wanted the fame side and that seems to be a growing trend in today’s fame obsessed culture.

Kevin Hart gets it right

Kevin Hart gets it right

There’s a smorgasbord of reality TV, websites and magazines that allow people to try and snatch some fame. While fame was formerly the product of skill or talent (and of course being born to a prominent family) it’s since become clear that you can become famous for very little- you can be a rich heiress who shoots a lacklustre homemade porn film, the mistress/wife/girlfriend of a sports star or just someone who’s willing to give up weeks of their life and risk public humiliation just to get some attention.

People crave fame and chase it, and when they have a taste they seem to get hooked on it, and try and cling to it for as long as possible. See the former Big Brother contestants who turn up for the opening of an envelope, “accidentally” get caught topless on the beach or sign up for an even more disheartening television show.

Rebecca Loos, clinging onto her time in the spotlight by giving a pig a "happy ending"

Rebecca Loos, clinging onto her time in the spotlight by giving a pig a “happy ending”

There’s a whole section of “celebrities” who seem to crop up in the gossip mags all the time, trapped in a never ending cycle of new romances, weight gain, break ups, weight loss, personal tragedies, having kids, bankruptcy, plastic surgery and feuds with other nonentities. Glamour models, reality TV stars, WAGs, heirs to large fortunes- this group exist solely in glossy magazines complaining/rejoicing about their lives.

You can see why glossy magazines love them, there’s always something going on with a few of them, and some X Factor reject is going to give you an interview where an A-Lister will tell you to get stuffed.

The sad thing is that the public, idiots that we are, lap it up. I’ve spent many a night shift guiltily flicking through a Heat or Closer magazine and reading inane stories about some ex-soap star’s battle with her weight or the love lives of the cast of The Only Way Is Essex. They’re like a car crash that you just can’t look away from, or the sickly sweet doughnut you know is no good for you but can’t help scarfing down.

Resistance is futile

Resistance is futile

In the last couple of months there’s been this woman who’s been desperately trying to stay in the spotlight. An ex-reality TV contestant who’s now allegedly a “social commentator” and journalist.

This lady has resorted to basically voicing deliberately controversial opinions, and the press and the British public have lapped it up. Clearly trying to maintain what they call a “profile” and a career for herself she’s attacked the overweight, branded mothers who fail to shift their baby weight “lazy” and other targets deliberately chosen to generate column inches.

The public react with outrage, and bombard comment sections and Twitter with complaints and criticism. TV, radio shows and magazines book her knowing she’ll get them some coverage in the press and the cycle continues.

I have little doubt that this causes much glee for the horrible lady in question. Sure, it might be hurtful after a while to see yourself constantly referred to as a “c**t”, despite whatever glib comments you try and make about it not bothering you, but she’s still getting money and fame out of it. Or rather, infamy, which is by far easier to maintain.

What she says is controversial and does provoke a response, which in a way is a good thing, her outbursts have opened up some interesting debates- does Britain still have a problem with classism? (Yes) Is there too much pressure on mothers to try and do it all? (Possibly)

The British public rant and rave, but really the best response would be to ignore this odious shrew’s opinions. I mean, she’s an expert in nothing but losing at reality TV shows, which is possibly the polar opposite of achievement.

Her latest attempt to stay in the public eye has been to attack another celeb. This is par for the course in the fame game nowadays, but hers seems particularly forced and engineered.

Her target is the overweight, and the target for her vitriol?

Kelly Brook.

Kelly Brook on the beach recently. Fat? You're having a laugh.

Kelly Brook on the beach recently. Fat? You’re having a laugh.

I’m no media analyst here, but I’m guessing this is the thought process to picking the curvy Brook as a target:

  1. She’s not actually fat. Choosing a celebrity who was properly fat would just seem like too much of a bullying and/or not cause that much hype. But a celebrity who’s got a little meat on her bones? Guaranteed coverage.
  2. She’s popular. Kelly Brook is a much loved celebrity, she’s got countless admirers and they’re bound to have a pop back.
  3. She’s more attractive than the woman in question. This feeds into the bigmouth’s persona, as someone who has a clearly inflated picture of themselves, whether this is actually how she is or not, it’s how she plays to the public.
  4. Brook’s weight has already been in the spotlight. Human barbie doll Jordan, who is the epitome of someone who chases publicity like a crack head looking for their next fix, has already had a pop at Brook, so that’ll give her statement more background hype.

So please, boys and girls, next time you see someone on your TV or in a magazine spouting off objectionable nonsense think to yourself, “Why are they doing this?” Remember that they’re doing it for attention and like a child throwing a tantrum, the best policy is to ignore them and imagine them getting hurt painfully.

The public shouldn’t rise to her bait, they should just let it go and that’ll speed up this disgusting oxygen thief’s withdrawal back into the shadows on anonymity she dragged herself out of. By kicking up a fuss you’re just playing into her hands, but by ignoring her you cut her off from the oxygen of publicity she craves so desperately.

You’ll notice I haven’t named the woman throughout this piece, and the reason for that is simple- for those who have never heard of her (you lucky sods) it means you won’t be exposed, and I don’t want to add to how much attention she’s getting.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.


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