Who Are These “Celebrities”?

Saw this magazine cover while shopping today at Costco.

The cover says it has the scoop on, “What Tore Them Apart.”

My first thought? “Who are they?”

I wasn’t interested enough in learning who they are to do a Google search.

It just struck me what our celebrity culture has come to.

Once upon a time, there were a few people who were celebrities: leaders in government and other institutions, a handful of entertainers, writers, and artists, and that was about it.

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Author: MARK DANIELS

  • sheknows

    LOL. Most people who look at the cover also ask that question. I know I did.
    Even if I peeked inside I would not have recognized their names, let alone cared they were ever together in the first place. Then again, if I did recognize their names…I wouldn’t have cared. :)

  • http://elijahssweetespot.com tidbits

    Stories of this gravity should be cleared with Honey Boo Boo prior to being posted.

    FYI, the celebs are Bethenny Frankel and Jason Hoppy. Frankel is a TV personality and natural foods cook. She has appeared on Real Housewives of New York City and is the author of the book “Skinnydipping.” Jason Hoppy is famous mostly for being married for two years to Bethenny Frankel.

    At last sighting, the coupled had “separated”, but were still living together. See what a little research will do? Now, I can tell all my friends how much time I wasted today gleaning all this useless information.

    Oh, if you don’t know who Honey Boo Boo is, then you have some research to do.

  • http://markdaniels.blogspot.com MARK DANIELS

    I have heard of Honey Boo Boo. Some friends mentioned here. Isn’t she some little kid in a reality show? I use the term “reality” advisedly.

  • http://elijahssweetespot.com tidbits

    Mark,

    As far as I know you are correct. You are also correct to use the term “reality” advisedly. Personally I’ve only seen ads for Honey Boo Boo’s show and have given my wife and daughter explicit instructions to use whatever sharp object is readily available to put me out of my misery should they ever catch me watching the show…or Real Housewives of NYC.

  • sheknows

    Lolololol Tidbits! I also have only seen ads for Honey Boo Boo, and wondered who in that network is only paid a mere 6 figures to know EXACTLY what the viewing public wants!!
    Not only is she adorable, but her family looks like one I would like to know. :)

  • cjjack

    Thanks in large part to my job, I’ve met and known quite a few people who fall under the category of “reality show stars.” From “Survivor” to “The Apprentice” to “Last Comic Standing” and other shows, I’ve interacted with folks who have populated the lower rung of “celebrity.” Earlier today, I spent a bit of time talking to a woman who had a show on the same network that airs the “Real Housewives of (fill in the blank),” Bravo TV. She’s a “celebrity fitness trainer” who crossed over into being somewhat of a celebrity herself. She was actually quite nice.

    And like just about everyone else I’ve met from that world, she’s got what amounts to a small business built up around herself, and the goal of that business is squeezing every last bit of mileage out of her 15 minutes of fame. I can’t blame her.

    It used to be that someone became a “celebrity” as an inadvertent result of their day job. If you were an actor and happened to star in a hit movie or television show, you became famous, and had to deal with the consequences. If you were a sports figure or musician or political activist, your fame was incidental, and possibly even a burden.

    This new crop of (admittedly D-list) “celebrities” aren’t inadvertent victims of fame, but rather entrepreneurs who turn even a little fame into a career…or at least a career boost. The woman I knew who was on “The Apprentice” (the last season before it became Celebrity Apprentice) had no intention of actually working for Trump. She was using the show as a springboard to launch a marketing company. The guys I met from “Survivor” had agents, and were shopping deals in Hollywood. The guy I knew from “Last Comic Standing” landed a sitcom on basic cable.

    They are, if I can coin a term, “working celebrities.” They go out and get paid for appearances, shill for products, and try to get a new show of their own. They’re celebrities, but they’re kind of “middle class” celebrities. Showing up at a store opening at a mall might be a sign of a career decline for a movie star, but for a working celebrity, it is an opportunity.

    I can’t begrudge them that opportunity.

  • http://www.americaincontext.com Barky

    The parents of Honey BooBoo should be arrested for child endangerment. The producers of that show should commit suicide. I’ll even provide the katanas so the can di it honorably.

    It’s one thing for adults to sign themselves up for the indignaty of reality TV. It’s another matter to drag children into it.