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January 17, 2003

And The Host of The

And The Host of The Party Loves His Air Conditioning

John LeCarre is harshing Cold Fury's mellow;

I've always loved his books, and have all of them. Shit. How can so many people who are so damned good in their chosen field of endeavor (Patrick Stewart comes to mind immediately, too) be so completely obtuse, and well, just plain stupid when it comes to politics and world events?

Sheryl Crow also comes to mind, as does Viggo Mortensen, Martin Scorcese, Robert Redford, and the gold standard of celebrity idiocy, Barbra.

In answer to CF's lament, I think that it's something along the lines of Absent Minded Professor Syndrome. To be very, very good in any field of endeavor necessitates that other fields are neglected. People with that kind of focus just don't have the time to think in depth about many things, and it shows when they stray from their narrow field of knowledge. Stupid celebrities were around long before 9/11, though the Maria Carey story is, sadly, false.

Celebrities are actually more likely to do this than others because very few of them are likely to run up against someone who will tell them they're an idiot to their face, because that would interfere with getting into their pants/wallet.

Here's a scenario: Heather Graham* has been talking to you for the last 15 minutes at a party. She's giggly, on her 4th gin and tonic, and keeps sliding in and out of your personal space. She's got this gold spaghetti strap thing that's about the size of a napkin, and people on the other side of the room can tell she doesn't have a bra on. Every now and then she gives your arm a little caress, like she's smoothing out a wrinkle. If she says something moronically stupid about the War on Terrorism, are you going to call her on it, or are you going to shut your yap and get her another gin and tonic?

If you aren't getting her a drink, well, you're a better man than me.

Zod: And that's before he remembers the roofies in his pocket, folks!

*If you don't care for Ms. Graham, feel free to insert an adultery-tempting celebrity of your choice. I hear George Clooney is nice.

Posted by Bigwig at January 17, 2003 12:30 AM | TrackBack
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