|Angelina Thingummybob and Brad Whatshisface - you may have heard of them|
Noun. Late Middle English.
[Old & modern French célébrité or Latin celebritas, from celeber, -bris frequented, renowned.]
1 obsolete. A solemn ceremony; a celebration;
due observance of ceremonies; pomp, solemnity. LME-L18
2 The condition of being widely known or esteemed;
fame, renown. LME
3 A celebrated person; a (popular) public figure. M19
Of all the words in the English language, it's possible that the word celebrity causes me more tutting, eye-rolling, exasperated ejaculations of "Gah!" and faux-seizure head-floppings than any other. "Why oh why are we so obsessed with such talentless, over-monied, over-sexed and over-surgeried nincompoops?" I shout, waving my fist at the TV or flinging a copy of Hello! across the room. If celebrity really does refer to someone that we celebrate, why do we celebrate such meritless mediocrity?
No - before you get your knickers in a twist, I'm not referring to the above pictured Pitt or Jolie, nor indeed to any of the other current rake of celebs you might be itching to defend. When I get on this particular high horse (and it is a very high horse), I'm thinking of the Paris Hiltons and Jade Goodys of the world, those that fall into the famous-for-being-famous category, even when no one's really sure what made them famous in the first place.
|Can you guess which celebrity this completely realistic, non-creepy waxwork model is of?|
(photo by Cliff)
And while celebrity in Latin does have a connection to fame and the state of being famous, it also has earlier roots in religious rites and that which bring throngs together. Again, therefore, how can I argue about who is and who isn't a real celebrity? If we're arguing about that individual, or indeed that individual has throngs of people grubbing over copies of The Enquirer or Hello!, again it seems that their celebritihood is certain. Which is incredibly depressing. And all our fault. Yes, us, the people, the rabble, the throng that makes them celebrities by celebrating them or thronging about them. Gah!
Are you a celebrity? Would you like to be a celebrity?
Like me, do you have strong, irrational, spittle-generating opinions on who should and shouldn't be celebrities?
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