No more gossip

Diane M. Davis By Diane M. Davis, 2nd Apr 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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I'm so tired of hearing about the personal lives of celebrities.

The issue

Americans are fascinated with gossip, and the focus of most of that gossip is celebrities. Countless glossy magazines packed with breathless scandal and salacious tales of who’s doing what to whom sell millions, creating ‘celebrities’ whose careers are often built on gossip. Many of them have no apparent talent, unless you count a talent for getting into trouble. I think we need to stop feeding on celebrity gossip, for our own good, and for the good of the entertainment industry.

No right to privacy?

Many people who thrive on the stuff served up in the gossip rags feel that actors have no right to privacy because they’re in the public eye, but I disagree. Isn’t acting a career? Don’t they have the right to do their job and go home at the end of the day without worrying about who might be watching? What gives us, the viewing public, the right to pry into their private lives? Do we really need to know who our favorite actor is dating to appreciate his films? I don’t think so. Talent has nothing to do with an actor’s private life, and I think they have every right to step out of the limelight when they aren’t working.

Now, you might say that celebrities draw attention to their private lives, and I agree that is true in some cases. There are those who crave the limelight, and go out of their way to get into the gossip rags, but I think they are in the minority. The Paris Hiltons and Lindsey Lohans attract paparazzi like roaches drawn to sewage, but I think most actors just want to be left alone. They should have that choice. For that matter, the publicity seekers shouldn’t be encouraged either. There is nothing worse, in my opinion, than someone who acts out to get attention, and my reaction is to ignore them.

It comes down to the magazines we buy

I love the entertainment industry, and I love reading about new movies and TV shows in the works, so I used to have a subscription to People magazine. Then one day, while I was reading my latest issue, I had an epiphany. The magazine was ninety percent gossip! Every article was loaded with “a source close to the actor” and “friends of the actor tell us” phrases, and most were stories about the actors’ personal lives. Salted among those articles were short pieces about TV shows and movies. I was disgusted. I canceled my subscription and started looking for a magazine about the entertainment industry that focused on the business end of things. I found it in Entertainment Weekly.

There is a gold mine of information about the industry in Entertainment Weekly. Each issue is packed with articles about movies, TV shows, music and books, along with face-to-face interviews with the actors, directors, writers and recording artists, all tastefully told. There is also a two page piece called “News & Notes” that reports, in brief detail, the noteworthy events in the personal lives of the celebrities, like engagements, splits, weddings, births and deaths. Do we need to know any more? I don’t think so.

Is it unavoidable?

Some might say actors can’t avoid publicity because of the public nature of their careers, but I disagree. I will use for an example my two favorite TV actors, Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, the stars of Fox’s Bones. Here are two gorgeous people, starring in a show in its fourth season that has grown in popularity. Their onscreen chemistry is phenomenal, so you would expect to see rumors of an illicit affair between the two. Instead, you will occasionally see a brief snippet about a man Emily is dating, and the odd blurb about David with his son, Jaden, or his wife, Jamie Bergen. The gossip rags leave them alone for the most part. I don’t know for certain why that is, but I have a theory.

Emily and David are professionals. Acting is their career, and they behave accordingly. Aside from publicity junkets and talk show appearances to promote their show, they are rarely seen. They don’t withhold personal information, but it is disclosed in the most basic terms. We, the fans, are told only as much as the actors want us to know, as is their right. I say we don’t need any more than that.

David was recently caught in the midst of a media firestorm over allegedly cheating on his wife. My heart went out to him and Jaime and his family. Infidelity is a painful thing to deal with, but I'm sure to have it hashed out in public makes it even more devastating. What was the purpose of reporting it? To sell magazines.

Stop buying the gossip rags and see what happens. Actors will spend more time working on their craft and less time avoiding paparazzi. No-talent types will have to find some other way to get attention. Paparazzi will be forced to learn how to be serious journalists. And we will no longer be subjected to sordid tales of wasted celebrities bent on self-destruction. Sounds great, doesn’t it?


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author avatar Diane M. Davis
I'm am a middle-aged mother of two grown kids, AZ native. I love cats, crocheting, and reading. I have five years of writing and editing experience. I've had 10 short stories published in e-zines.

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author avatar Denise O
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

I can only imagine how hard it must be for them. I know there are those few that crave it but, the industry is mostly made up of just hard working actors. Nice read. Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar SaptarshiR
3rd Apr 2011 (#)

i have the same opinion as you have but its not such a problem in america but in India people love their fav. actress or actor and love all these gossips

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author avatar Retired
5th Apr 2011 (#)

Another good post. I am totally uninterested in gossip and can't fathom why people like it so much.

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author avatar Retired
8th Apr 2011 (#)

I couldn't agree with you more - except that maybe it is more than a few who look for publicity. I used to see them in Como, Italy and they wanted to be recognised. The public on the whole are too gossip hungry and believe everything they read.

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