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I was just thinking what a prat Tom Cruise is. His recent shenanigans are unforgivible, what with his shameless engagment to katie holmes right when War of the Worlds came out (i think he did it to get press for the movie and himself) to yelling at the ABC guy. i wish celebrities acted with a little more class. what happened to Audrey Hephburn, and Bing Crosby? What are your guys opinions on the state of todays stars?
Well, Cruise is no Ronald Reagan (Bless his soul), but he's not really the worst of them. The actors that really get me pissed are the self righteous hypocrites that say one thing and then want another.
I mean, look at Alec Baldwin. He's always whining about how poor and downtrodden our society is and how the struggling people in this country can't hardly make a living. You don't see him handing out any of his millions to these people.
I don't really care who is marrying who and all that crap. I'm more worried about people who say that all us wealthier folks should be paying more taxes, but they've got all THEIR money squirreled away in hidden, offshore Cayman bank accounts.
I don't know if Tom Cruise is shameful. Thinking such requires me to assume that he's using his relationship with Holmes as a promotional tool, which could very well be the case. But how can I know?
Do I think he's a dim-witted boobie for his recent behavior? Yes, without a doubt. Do I care? Not really.
Stars today are, I think, more aware of and subject to media scrutiny, and how it can help or hurt them.
But Cruise? He's off his rocker. Psychologists are fakes, aliens founded our race, my smile will win me anything, and I'm right about everything. Blah, blah, blah, conceited and self-absorbed.
To be honest, I suppose I do care because I intentionally didn't see War of the Worlds simply because I found him suddenly so annoying.
Hehehe....Team America comes to mind, eh H0urg1ass? I liked War of The Worlds, Cruise? Should make a few more then hang up his jacket. Ok actor, bad PR man.
The lives of celebrities are actualy less interesting to me then the fungus that's started growing in my garadge (which is sort of mildly interesting I guess). What upsets me is that the American media is so obsessed with these people's personal lives. I turn on my TV or pick up a paper in a desperate attempt to find out what's going on in the world on the other side of the pond and have to sift through pages and pages of celebreity crap just to find it. I really couldn't care about whose marrying who and who got arrested in Hollywood if I tried.I'm just so sick of hearing all about famous people's personal buisiness. It's truely sad to think that the lives of average Americans are so patheticly unfulfilled that they resort to living vicariously through the glimpses of celebraty life the media keeps tossing them.
It is a sad day when celebrities get more attention in the media then a war...
Edicius, may I please use this? I love it!Originally Posted by Edicius
"The sword that takes life gives life."
I think you're right in that we're needlessly obssessed with people who are by and large quite silly. There are a few extraordinarily gifted actors whose careers are worth following, but as for their personal life, who gives a damn?Originally Posted by Edicius
I wouldn't rush to judgment that Americans are leading unfulfilling lives and therefore worshiping celebrities. CUltures throughout history have done this. What I regret is that our celebrities have become so, well, fluffy. Charles Drickens and Mark Twain were celebrities. People flocked to see them. Now wouldn't that be cool? Sure, we have a few writer celebrities...Grisham (who, as talented as he is, is no Drickens--crazy censor, grr-- or Twain), Stephen King (again, greatly talented, but timeless?), and J.K. Rowling (who will likely persist through the ages but, even though I love her books, is not one of the all time greats). But compare that handful of people to pop stars and actors. It's an almost unfair comparison. Lord Byron, there was another celebrity. I want artists and scientists to come to the forefront. And I want entrepreneurs who aren't egotistical whack jobs (like Donald Trump...brilliant business man, egomaniac). Politicans who don't have muddy ankles when you see 'em without their shoes. Then we could go about some worthwhile hero worship.
I think America is so self absorbed its not even funny. i mean look at how we worship celebrities but also the cars we drive (SUVs) and the music we listen to and the crap we watch on TV. We are ignoring the world around us and it is making the american culture a disgusting thing. (i hope this isn't to political)
I always get a chuckle when I remember that up until fairly recently (say, the 20th century) actors were considered to have the same social status as prostitutes, and in many cases were prostitutes on the side. This was because their profession was essentially a talent for falsehood; pretending you are something you are not. This was universal across all cultures throughout history(well any culture I have ever heard of) except for our modern culture.
I actually hang out with alot of actors (alot of my mates are in the theatre) and can see why the were regarded with such disdain by good honest folk. Many of the people they know are vain, false, constantly jumping in and out of bed with each other, insecure and over the top, and treat people who aren't in the theatre (ie anyone who can't help their career) with complete coldness.
So next time you see an actor putting forward an opinion about something, or see the media fawning over some insignificant aspect of some pop star's life or choice of clothing, remember that these people are paid enormous sums of money to fool you and lie to you. That is what they do and it is their greatest and in many cases only talent. They are too vain and lazy to get a normal job (and why would you if you were Tom Cruise, really?)
They get by on looks and deception and always have, so you probably have alot more substance to your character and life experience than they ever will. So take everything they say with a bucket of salt and certainly do not look up to them.
That's my motto. Paris Hilton doesn't know s**t about anything, and neither does Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes or even the "great" ones like Anthony Hopkins etc. Sure they are entertaining, but they are fundamentally liars, that's all they are.
EDIT: Sorry about the rant. Don't want to offend any actors we may have in the forum, as I said some of my good friends make their living as actors (although they are the poor struggling kind, not celebrities!) I just think it's obscene that these people with a talent for nothing except deception are placed on pedestals and paid gazillions of dollars as if they were actually of some use to society. Why don't they pay them a standard wage, say $500 a week max, like an office worker or something? There's no way what they do justifies the size of their paychecks.
Last edited by Kahoolin; August 6th, 2005 at 04:12.