Wednesday, December 13

TMZ Grandma's Up

They say:

A 17-year-old boy has already died in an SUV driven by a celebrity. Someone else is going to die, and it will happen sooner rather than later.

Nicole Richie's loved ones could easily have been planning her funeral today -- likewise the loved ones of the people driving the right way on the 134 Freeway early Monday morning.

Lane Garrison must be scratching his head today. Why, he must be asking, did he have such bad luck? The fact is, the differentiating factor that makes Garrison a killer and Richie a DUI'er is luck. That's it.

I'm not trying to preach, and I will readily admit that TMZ has prospered off the antics of a group of young celebrities. When Brandon Davis went on his "firecrotch" rant against Lindsay, it was endlessly entertaining. When Paris got in fender-benders, it was so TMZ. And when Britney spread her legs for all the world to see, well it was Internet gold.

But the line has been crossed. The dark side of Hollywood has been revealed in the last month. And really, it's no surprise. There are a lot of young celebs who got really rich and very famous way too soon. The people who surround them are not used to saying "no." These celebs have gotten away with a lot -- mostly small stuff -- for a long time. And each time you get away with something you shouldn't, you get bolder the next time.

These celebs, for the most part, have no compass to guide them. Look at Lindsay Lohan. Her dad used the revolving door at his local jail while her mom was at war with him when she wasn't out partying. Lohan really didn't stand a chance, and it's sad.

So who will save the day and save these kids from disaster? In this town, saviors are awfully hard to come by.

And I retort:

Okay, look, I don't think anyone would ever say drinking and driving is a good idea for anyone, anytime, anywhere, but to suddenly wring your carpal-tunneled hands over the sad, sad state of celebrity life is at best insincere. Look, TMZ, you've had three days to say something about Nicole Richie driving on the wrong side of the freeway, and yet instead you post her mugshot, the audio of the 911 calls made to report her, and direct people to an online betting site to wager which celebrity will have the next DUI. Plus, celebrities have been killing people for years. Didn't you ever watch "Behind the Music?"

I think you're forgetting that no one really likes most of the celebrities you mentioned. Britney and Lindsay had it once, but we're bored to death of them, and you, yes you, are partly to blame. If you don't want these horrible, bad influences to get any publicity, then by all means, write about someone else. What's James Spader doing today? I wonder if Heidi Klum has bought any new baby clothes? Spend some time force-outing Jodie Foster. Something. Anything. Seriously. Shut up.

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Anonymous carligula said...

I'm with you on the hipocracy, Trashley. Further, I want to see the statistics that a larger proportion of celebrities drive drunk (and kill folks) than non-celebrities. Then I'll agree this is an epidemic. Most celebrities try hard not to get in trouble because it could drastically affect their earnings. What's the motivation for your average piece of trailer trash to not drive drunk?

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've done a bit of thinking on this because it's all over the news and here's what I'm thinking.

Hate to pull an Aunt B here (well, actually, I don't, and I'm sure I'll fall vastly short on the feminist rant), but surely, females don't have the monopoly on bad behavior!

Is it sexist?

Because it's rather amazing to me that the only people we see are these rich YOUNG WOMEN being splashed across the tabloids.

But of course, rich YOUNG MEN aren't flashing their bare genitals (because they'd be arrested on the spot), and they aren't dancing on tables (Hi Parasite), but I find it hard to believe that the only people exhibiting such dangerous behavior are only of the female gender.

Anyway, that's my 2 cents...

1:43 AM  

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