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Americans’ Celebrity Worship, Demystified

Americans’ Celebrity Worship, Demystified

By Erik Rush •

On Sept. 7, Fox News reported that actress Zooey Deschanel and her husband Jacob Pechenik decided to separate after four years of marriage. This bit of news was carried “below the fold,” but on the home page of the Fox News website. On Sept. 14, Fox reported that Deschanel was now dating “Property Brothers” star Jonathan Scott after splitting from husband. On Sept. 15, Fox carried a story about Scott’s comments on his romance with Deschanel, and a Sept. 17 installment carried both entertainers’ back story of how their romance was kindled.

Leaving aside the legendary superficiality of Hollywood romances and the moral ambivalence of people in the entertainment industry in general, there are some cultural observations here upon which I intend to expound.

More often than not during my morning scan of news sources, I run across at least one or two stories like those above. This is the case
whether we’re discussing Fox News, another alternative media source, or traditional media sources, although the latter do tend to give far more ink to celebrity news.

My thesis statement, or more accurately, my thesis question, is this: Who cares?

I’m not singling out Fox News on this one either, it’s just that their coverage handily illustrated the observations I’m addressing here. Nor is this a case of your humble commentator simply being frustrated with celebrities given how dedicated so many are to leftist politics and how vociferous their incessant, uninformed utterances typically are.

The central observation of which I speak is that Americans are far too keenly “tuned-in” to celebrities overall: Their lives, their romances, their children, their addictions, their adversities and their opinions. It’s one of those things that’s become so culturally ingrained we don’t even think about it, but even the most informed among us are guilty of this to some extent.

Granted that when a film or TV icon, a professional athlete or a high-profile music industry personality breaks the law or passes away, this is legitimate news, because they’re famous. Thus, the widely-reported college admissions scandal involving actress Lori Loughlin is legitimate news. Her beleaguered daughter making a vulgar Instagram post in her frustration attendant to the scandal and then deleting it however, is most definitely not newsworthy.

Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer appearing on “Dancing With The Stars” may be worth a mention above the fold because he
used to work for President Trump, but actor Nicholas Cage being unrecognizable at a movie premiere because he’s now sporting a full beard should most certainly be relegated to the Entertainment section, as should the decades-old story of an unrequited romance between Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra.

There’s also no escaping the newsworthiness of some of the incendiary political rhetoric emanating from entertainment industry celebrities and pro athletes these days. Considering the hostile political climate at present and the leftist leanings of so many celebrities, their presence in the news talking politics is pretty much unavoidable.

The phenomenon of this cult of personality in America has of course been exhaustively discussed over many decades, but given the political climate and the stakes at hand, I believe it’s more important than ever to put it into perspective.

Our proclivity for consuming titillating, salacious tripe is part of our nature as human beings, and could be called something of a collective but minor character defect. There are however, a lot of things we as human beings feel drawn to do but refrain from doing because we know that there are harmful aspects to certain behaviors.

I would submit that this entrenched celebrity fixation is one of them.

The culture of Hollywood—wherein celebrity worship had its genesis—has been freakish and narcissistic since the institution’s inception, but the impetus for cultivating this culture of worship around celebrities was originally motivated by money. Obviously, if a marketer cultivates an ongoing sense of awe and wonder around their product, consumers are more likely to buy in perpetuity. The same marketing strategy was then applied to pro athletes and music industry icons. It is a financial imperative that drives movie and record companies, TV producers and sports franchises to nurture an atmosphere in which fans wait with bated breath for the next story or sound bite from their favored star or icon.

While we’re at it, let’s not neglect the idiomatic derivation of such words as “star” and “icon.” These designations have always carried the
connotation of worship, so I’d wager it’s no accident that these were applied early on, and intentionally, in order to foster celebrity worship. Our aforementioned proclivity for consuming titillating, salacious tripe is now what the press and entertainment media count on as legions of managers, agents, publicists, paparazzi, celebrity-dedicated publications, and reporters work doggedly to keep celebrities on our radar.

It’s been said that one reason Americans have a tendency toward celebrity worship may be because we don’t have royalty, as they do in Britain. I believe that this is completely fallacious, nor do I think that Americans’ proclivity for engaging in celebrity worship of the British Royal Family has much to do with our historical ties to Britain.

In the end, I believe that celebrity worship in America comes down to one part consumerism and one part idolatry. It’s the idolatry part that concerns me, because this is being driven by the same agencies that are driving the culture war and socialist ascendancy.

And isn’t it curious that, as those agencies have encouraged Americans to abandon long-held traditional values and spiritual pursuits, they’ve provided us with a ready-made pantheon of gods to worship?

Originally published in WorldNetDaily

Posted by Erik Rush in Columns
Let’s Hit Lefty Celebrities Where it Hurts

Let’s Hit Lefty Celebrities Where it Hurts

By Erik Rush

It is an indisputably good thing that President Donald Trump’s White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer held an emergency briefing last Saturday wherein he slammed the press for their “deliberately false reporting” of the previous day’s inauguration. Citing photographs that were “intentionally framed in a way to minimize the enormous support [the inauguration] had gathered on the National Mall,” and how press representatives had tweeted “inaccurate numbers regarding crowd size,” Spicer affirmed that the Trump administration intends to hold the press accountable in future for its biased reporting, something no administration has done to date.

During the last four years of George W. Bush’s administration, conservatives tore their hair out over President Bush’s abject refusal to counter the widespread calumnies that were advanced by the press concerning him, his administration, and its policies. We now know that this is because the maneuvering of Barack Hussein Obama into the White House was a cooperative effort on the part of the body of international socialists to which Bush, his family, and the Democratic and Republican parties’ respective leadership belong. Bush’s failure to defend his policies contributed to the wholesale disgust voters had with Republicans at that time, and to Obama’s subsequent election.

In addition to the press setting the stage for a protracted war with the Trump administration, we are also seeing the seeds of itinerant activist communities, funded by America’s enemies and with the countenance of Democrat leaders, poised to delegitimize Trump’s presidency at every turn. As we saw last weekend, high-profile members of the entertainment industry apparently intend to be prominent fixtures in this perverse counter-movement.
In light of all this, one of my supporters informed me on a social media venue that he thought “all-out war” on the establishment press was an appropriate measure. I concur with this position, but I believe that this also ought to include entertainment industry celebrities and other dedicated progressives of high visibility.

As has become clear, progressivism isn’t simply a divergent political persuasion, it is incremental socialism, a piecemeal enslavement of free peoples. I pointed out last week that the passive Beltway decorum which Trump eschews has not served the Republic in the face of progressive ascendancy; neither should passivity govern liberty-loving Americans in their defense thereof.

Were we discussing the prospective policies of a President Rush instead of a President Trump, liberals would have far more reason to be terrified than the hyperbolic entertainers in our nation’s capital this past weekend. In Trump’s shoes, I would make Herbert Hoover’s dogged pursuit of communists and other subversives during the 1960’s appear tame.

I say this in light of the aggregate of injustices and crimes committed against Americans by the Obama administration and its surrogates over the last eight years. During Obama’s presidency, not only were conservative organizations directly targeted by the Internal Revenue Service; military whistleblowers were jailed, covert intelligence operatives were deliberately compromised, journalists were harassed by government agencies via bogus criminal investigations, and private citizens were subjected to illegal surveillance, various forms of digital harassment, SWATting, and gang stalking.

Americans are already waking up to the fact that members of the establishment press are, as President Trump said on Saturday at a meeting with rank-and-file members of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), “among the most dishonest human beings on earth.” It is time to take judicious action against them based upon this spot-on assessment, and against others who uphold their twisted creed.

The America that entertainment industry celebrities perceive within their cloistered societal bubble is an abject fantasy, a product of the same minds that craft the fiction which many of them represent in films and television. They are also too ignorant and too arrogant to realize that they will ultimately suffer the same disillusionment and exploitation that the starry-eyed American journalist Jack Reed experienced when he went to Russia to support the Bolsheviks in the early 1900s.

I have regularly patronized members of the entertainment community despite disliking their personal values or their politics because I enjoyed their work, and because they do have a right to their opinions. When any American chooses to engage in overt subversive activism in the cause of enslaving the rest of us however, they have passed the point of no return. There are individuals in the entertainment industry whose work I will no longer patronize, and this includes all those who participated in demonstrations over the weekend, and in a number of anti-Trump public service announcements that were produced prior to the inauguration.

I believe that all Americans who support the movement that gave rise to Trump’s election have a duty to do likewise, though it may impact their leisurely pursuits to some degree. The establishment press is rapidly rendering itself irrelevant, but as a body, it will persist along its established course because its principals are political ideologues. In the case of rock stars, pop stars, and Hollywood icons however, when their lavish lifestyles begin to outpace their dwindling financial resources, as individuals they will most assuredly re-evaluate their deluded dedication to our collective desolation and moderate their behavior.

Originally published in WorldNetDaily

Posted by Erik Rush in Columns