Common Folks have opinions, Celebrities Have Attitude
Ever consider how lucky the average person is to voice an opinion and not have it heard around the world?
Ladies who lunch and talk about celebrities
Imagine if you will three women friends having lunch in a downtown Seattle restaurant.
The women have known one another for a long time and discuss their husband, kids, or anything else that they might want to talk about.
The conversation turns to movie stars, (these women are old enough to remember when women in Hollywood were called that) and of them, offers the opinion that they don’t make movies, let alone movie stars like they used to.
The other two women, couldn’t agree more, and wonder why there are no longer glamorous stars like Ava Gardner, Jennifer Jones, Gene Tierney, Lana Turner, or the Gabor sisters?
By the time the women finish their lunch and move on to dessert, the conversation has taken a different turn and they discuss topics more relevant to their lives.
But consider for a moment this scenario.
Joan Collins, at Saturday’s star-studded Carousel of Hope tells a reporter that in her opinion Jennifer Aniston is cute, but not beautiful like Angelina Jolie.
Seconds after she gives her opinion it spread around the world like wild fire and everyone and their dog weighs in and offers their 'opinion' her opinion.
Among a few: "She's ugly, jealous, old, wacko, deranged, blind, stupid, etc." and that’s only a sample of what's fit to print.
In my opinion, Joan Collins who in her hey day was often referred to “The Poor man’s Elizabeth Taylor” is entitled to her opinion, and that’s all it was.
I for one, (and no, I’m not jealous of Jennifer Aniston) agree with her.
I think Aniston is cute, has a killer body, but IMHO does not have the classic beauty of some of the other Hollywood stars. (Past and present.)
What Joan said reminded me of what was written when Elizabeth Taylor stole Debbie Reynolds from Eddie Fisher.
Many of the movie magazines (remember them?) were more than eager to point out the difference between a girl next door, and a Femme fatale home wrecker.
I even remember one magazine that had Debby Reynolds holding her little girl (which was Carrie Fisher, the future Princess Leia) and over her shoulder was a diaper with bobby pins in it.
Next to young mother Debbie was a photo of Elizabeth Taylor, Queen of the Nile.
Now tell me--- how one could argue that of these two women, placed side-by-side are not completely different types? ---one would be considered beautiful, (by most standards) and the other pretty or cute. I mean, come on.
At this point, (good for her) it looks like Aniston is not going to dignify Joan’s opinion with a response. A rep for Aniston says there is “no need to engage with that nonsense.”
Indeed. But people are engaging with that nonsense, in record numbers.
Are we, as a country, that shallow (yes, yes, a millions times yes!) that we make ‘news’ where there is none?
Who cares about the opinion of 77 years old actress (questionable) writer, (even more questionable) and TV star, and one time “poor man’s Elizabeth Taylor” who for that tacky ‘labeling’ reason alone, should be more careful what comes out of her overly
What a luxury we common folks have when we can voice our opinion over lunch, over the phone, or even the internet, and not have that opinion picked up and spread around the world.
What a luxury to be able to have an opinion about how good some movie star looks (or doesn’t look) and not risk making people so angry that you’re at risk at being verbally (or physically) attacked, have your past peccadilloes dredged up where they are discussed, misinterpreted, dissected until you do not even recognize the person that they’re talking about is you.
But then again, Joan Collins is no stranger to controversy or criticism (she loves being hated) and in all likelihood she voiced her ‘opinion’ knowing full well what kind of attention she would get. (Lots of it)
I shudder to think what would happen if my opinion (I don't she's that attractive) of the iconic “Pretty woman Julia Roberts would be if picked up by newspaper, radio, and online publications, I’d be drawn and quartered before sundown.
A difference of opinion that makes horse races
The next time you go out with friends and voice your opinion on whether or not your find Jennifer Aniston beautiful, or in my case, offer the opinion that I do not find Julia Roberts particularly attractive (when she smiles her mouth almost touches her nose) give silent thanks that your opinion will not be something that is publicized all over the world.
But by all means, go ahead and voice your opinion because as Mark Twain once said, “It is not best that we should all think alike; it is a difference of opinion that makes horse races.