Celebrity divorce gets a lot of attention in our world. I guess it gets hits, sells magazines, triggers the happy schadenfreude that so many tend to enjoy. Are we ever really surprised?
Real people who are married — you know — the people you know, the people you’re related to, the people your friends are friends with — now that’s where you get the true jolt when a divorce is announced. And it is a jolt, especially if you don’t expect it. I guess we all know people whose news of divorce doesn’t surprise us, but, it is still a sad day when we learn that a family has disintegrated.
Today’s celebrity divorce reminds me of how it’s hard to remember what famous people are up to and who is still alive. We don’t really need to know and yet we’re continuously fed with information about the lives, moral failings, and deaths of celebrities. We don’t need to know any of it, yet, there are obviously people who welcome the news, ready receptacles willing to buy subscriptions to gossip magazines and pay premium fees for websites that pump effluent about the affluent, the miracle grow that fertilizes our fat asses on the sofa and on our computers, an audience forever hungry for mind garbage, with stacks of big-box junk food bulging in our cupboards.
The other day my girls and I were watching “The Princess Bride” on the flat. It’s funny. The prince’s name is Prince Humperdinck. My husband started to tell them about the entertainer Engelbert Humperdinck. He looked at me and asked if he was still alive. I found it refreshing that I had no idea. A quick Google search and I confirmed that he’s still touring and even has a website. Wow!
We all have our heroes and idols. Realize they are just regular folks like you and me. Talent, good looks, and luck can get you far along the road to fame and fortune. Maybe the rich are different from you and me, but, at the end of the day everyone needs to take a shower.