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STARDOMFREUDE by Elizabeth Searle
If ever there was a symbol for undeserved fame and fortune, it would be talent-free ‘Reality TV star’/hapless heiress Paris Hilton. Does this explain the fascination and even glee which greeted her latest all-too-predictable brush with the law? ‘Oops, She Did It Again’– but why are we still watching?
No sooner does Lindsay Lohan get out of jail, then Paris is in. And in the headlines. What is it about blondes behind bars? Author Jennifer Weiner recently coined the clever Twitter term ‘Franzenfreude’ for writers and others driven batty by the media coverage heaped upon Jonathan Franzen‘s latest novel.
I offer the term StardomFreude to cover those, like me, who follow with guilty fascination the antics of screwed-up stars. Or the antics of those, like Paris, who become ‘stars’ by screwing up spectacularly. A top online video of this week was conservative Arizona governor Jan Brewer blanking out in epic fashion in a TV debate, all brilliantly skewered by the great Gail Collins.
Meanwhile, Blog fave LupinsSuppins expertly captured another delicious instance of Stardomfreude snark in describing a Letterman joke about Paris: “Paris Hilton was arrested by Vegas police for possession of less than an ounce” [impeccably brief pause before classically deadpan finish] “… of common sense.”
Would this ditzy troubled heiress rate any headlines at all if she weren’t, sad to say, so fun to make fun of? WDYT?
PS: like me, Sarah Palin just officially coined a word: ‘refudiate’….
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