Sometimes celebrities say things.
About things that are entirely not about show business.
Occasionally they think they say something smart. Sometimes they don’t. I don’t bother to check anymore. I pretty much react the same way every everyone else does whenever a celebrity says something.
Shut up and play yer guitar.
Sometimes I hear so much of what celebrities have to say about things not at all about show business that I sometimes feel like I’m the last real philosopher on earth.
Stephen Baldwin is on Piers Morgan talking about God.
50 Cent is on Oprah talking about the meaning of life.
Angelina Jolie tells me what a good person is.
If it wasn’t for Madonna I wouldn’t know how to vote.
Celebrities are the modern philosophers.
Here’s some celebrity wisdom:
“The only rule is don‘t be boring and dress cute wherever you go. Life is too short to blend in.” - Paris Hilton
“The greater your capacity to love, the greater your capacity to feel the pain.” - Jennifer Aniston
“The truth is you don’t know what is going to happen tomorrow. Life is a crazy ride, and nothing is guaranteed.” - Eminem
“Sexiness is a state of mind – a comfortable state of being. It’s about loving yourself in your most unlovable moments.” - Halle Berry
“We’re all damaged in our own way. Nobody’s perfect. I think we are all somewhat screwy, every single one of us.” - Johnny Depp
How many people know this quote
More than they know this quote:
I didn’t even have to show you a picture of the Beatles for you to know where the first quote came from.
You’re probably hearing the song in your head right now.
This is exactly my point. We know that the Beatles tell us all we need is love but we don’t know that Bertrand Russell said this:
There will still be things that machines cannot do. They will not produce great art of great literature or great philosophy; they will not be able to discover the secret springs of happiness in the human heart; they will know nothing of love and friendship.
Or that Thomas Hobbes said this,
Love is a person’s idea about his/her needs in other person what you are attracted to.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-famous people. And I don’t mind that famous people have opinions or feel the need to share them with the public. Like I said, sometimes celebrities have something smart or wise to say.
It’s hit and miss - just like with all of us.
There’s something wrong with a society that believes that being famous means entitles a person to deference - that their opinions matter more than anyone else’s. That fame is an automatic qualified- to- speak- about- anything badge. I’m not so sure I should be taking sage advice from a person who got famous with a sex tape or whose opinions are deemed worthy of being preached heard simply because that person is famous.
It’s easy to give a celebrity platform to speak on a TV show or in a magazine than to put some philosopher, thinker, social critic (or scientist or educator for that matter) on a TV show simply because we know who celebrities are. We recognize them without having to be told who they are. Everybody in the world knows who Lady Gaga is.* But how many people know the name Helene Cixous? Or Gregory Kavka? We know no one is going to tune in to see a Slavoj Žižek cultural analysis or watch Noam Chomsky’s criticism of American foreign policy on The Dr. Phil Show, but we’ll tune in to watch Matt Damon tell Charlie Rose why he’s disappointed with the Obama Administration.
At least people won’t be tuning in in the kind of numbers that networks want, anyway.
I’m sure Matt Damon is a smart guy, but was there not ONE political philosopher who’s available to talk about politics?
I mean, I’m a philosopher and I wouldn’t even watch Peter Singer chatting it up on Anderson Cooper’s CNN show.
I might DVR it, though.
…. yeah, while the DVR is recording I might try some yoga. I think I’ve become a little cynical.
* I know that not everyone is the world knows who Lady Gaga is.