I have a new chair. Well I don’t exactly, my wife does. It’s black, leather and it reclines. And my oh my is it comfortable. We got it for a smoking good deal from a furniture store where Shana’s brother works because an elderly lady wasn’t strong enough to retract the foot rest. Shana used her recent birthday moneys to purchase the chair. I’m lucky I’m allowed to sit in the chair after all the heckling I gave Shana for deciding to buy it. The problem is, it sits squarely in front of the television.
I don’t mind TV. In fact there are certain things on it I actually like. Right now as I write I’m watching CSI:Miami – a decent enough show (look at me mom I’m multi-tasking!). I spend a couple of hours a week watching news, sports and the occasional Seinfield re-run.
Lately, you can’t swing a dead cat without hitting someone who isn’t reporting on the Anna Nicole Smith story. It’s the top story on CNN for goodness sakes. Entertainment shows are reporting on it 24/7, and genuine news stations are reporting how the ‘media’ (which they exclude themselves from) continues to report on it. And here I am with a front row, leather seat.
On the radio on Sunday afternoon, I heard two DJs discussing if Anna Nicole would make it onto the Oscar’s ‘who died this year reel’. One DJ believed that there was no way Anna should make it. After all she only appeared in Naked Gun 33 1/3, of course she also appeared naked in approximately 1/3 of 33 other movies. The other DJ was arguing that she was a Hollywood icon in her own right. People were talking about her, and a Hollywood death hasn’t been this talked about since Marilyn Monroe, Anna’s idol.
It is easy to be critical of people in the spotlight. It seems every action is under the microscope. Whether they are drinking, flashing the goods, taking the drugs, popping in and out of rehab, dropping their children off, or just dropping their children (of course there are many normal things that these people get caught doing, but those kind of pictures just don’t sell) everything they do is on camera. Well I for one am going to stop judging. I admit I’ve taken part in it for a long while, but it just might be time for me to turn my chair around.