KATE KRASHES: GETTING REAL ABOUT REALITY ‘STARS’…by Elizabeth Searle
Are ‘Reality Stars’ really ‘stars’? Maybe it’s more accurate to say ‘Reality Celebrities’– to cancel the expectation of shining talents that the word ‘star’ implies. In other words: Why on earth did anyone think Kate Gosselin could dance?
Hollywood is full of actual actresses and performers who’ve trained for years to move onstage and who’d love a shot at Dancing With The Stars. But of course, part of the appeal of a show like DWTS, as with much of Reality TV, is the cynical All-American fun of watching ‘ordinary people’ fail on camera.
Actually, Kate Gosselin held her own better than might be expected of a truly ordinary harried housewife who rose to TV ‘fame’ by parading her 8 offspring on camera and demonstrating her ‘talent’ for tying 8 pairs of shoes while quarreling all-too-realistically with her soon-to-be-ex husband (whatshisname, who tied with Levi Johnston here on our little blog for Disgraced Celebrity of Fall, 2009).
Just as unsurprising as Kate G. being bounced from DWTS are the reports that Kate and kids are ‘depressed.’ Is it any wonder that the rollercoaster ride of insta-(unearned)-‘fame’ has left this talent-free family reeling? There is no ‘there’ there. Here on the Blog, we use the term Balloon Boy Celebrities: those who rise into view fueled only by the hot air of Attention Desiring Disorder, doomed to pop and vanish.
Not that Kate G. with her new show in the works is going away anytime soon. Maybe this Mom’s biggest talent is the ability to stir up ratings-boosting controversy, with a large share of her audience openly disliking her. How else to explain the Headline status of her entirely predictable DWTS flame-out? Is the ability to inspire both admiration and annoyance enough to fuel a career these days? WDYT?