Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Far Away In Another Part Of Town

Ray Chesterton makes a point about 'reality deprived' celebrities:

The attraction criminals have for celebrities has long been debated without a satisfactory answer being delivered. One theory is celebrities living in an artificial world of film-making, or other cocooned environments, cannot recognise the danger in thrill-seeking with the notorious.

It is sanitised association. Close enough to shake hands. Detached enough to feel safe. It's similar to a condition known as "reality deprivation syndrome", which causes insulated celebrities to become involved in political causes. Actor Martin Sheen is a serious case, often getting arrested at anti-war rallies and such.
... and highlights how their detachment from the real world is viewed by those they celebrate:

Acclaimed musician Leonard Bernstein, the genius behind West Side Story, once staged a fundraising cocktail party in his penthouse apartment for the Black Panthers, a murderous radical group in the US in the 1960s. Film director Otto Preminger also supported the Panthers, who violently murdered police and each other before fading away in the 1970s. The Panthers repaid the generosity of Jewish Bernstein and Preminger by calling them "kosher Zionist racist pigs".
Other famous self-deluding mugs include Bob 'Hurricane' Dylan, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Mike Farrell, Snoop Doggy Dogg, Danny Glover, Anjelica Huston, Jamie Foxx and Bonnie Raitt, and most of the media.

-- Nick

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