Comment Box: Why Is Taylor Hicks Famous?
Welcome to midsummer (when we carefully protect our computers from splashy pools and strong mojitos) and another week of Celebrity scrutiny.
Could somebody please explain to me why Taylor Hicks is famous? He has no visible talent whatsoever. It appears to be yet another twist on the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes. Ergo, he was deemed "talented" by a "talent jury" on TV. Yet he has not talent! -- Stars in My Eyes comments on Morning Mix: Independence Eve Edition
Not so fast. I wouldn't label Taylor Hicks famous just yet. As the latest "Idol" winner, he's benefited from the attendant buzz, but remember that there are different levels of fame -- much like the ever-worsening rings of hell in Dante's "Inferno." At the moment, Hicks is still in one of the lesser rings reserved for doughy Joe Cocker rip-offs who will be singing the national anthem at MLB farm team games a year from now.
The term "Bennifer" was stupid and overused. Using "TomKat" to refer to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes is just nauseating. Does every celebrity couple need a cute name morph? Give it up. -- Jeff comments on Hollywood Mysteries
Think of it as shorthand for ease of headline writing and a quick way to add a dash of snark. Or as a way to take the seriousness with which some of these folks regard themselves down a peg. Or as a fond moniker bestowed on our beloved galaxy of stars.
In any case, I was thinking it'd be funny if you were dating someone named "Esther." Then we could call you "Jesther". Or wait -- how 'bout Kelly? Then we could call you "Jelly." Or maybe Claire, then we could call you "Clef." Ahhh, the fun never stops around here.
Has anyone ever seen a birth certificate for Ms. Suri Cruise? Would it be possible to order a copy from the California State Health Department (or whatever agency issues birth certificates in California)? -- Not the Droid You're Looking For comments on Hollywood Mysteries
Actually, as posted in this morning's Rumor Mill, TMZ.com purports to have obtained an official copy of Suri's birth cert (PDF file).
Wait, wait, wait -- you have *field agents*?!?!?! Is this an official title, and how can I become one? -- Party of One comments on Morning Mix: Swank Discusses Lowe's Drug Problems
Oh absolutely. Easy as pie -- have a tip, idea or burning question, just e-mail it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I'll investigate and, if I write about it, credit you in the blog.
Comment of the Week:
Paris Hilton's new single "Stars are Blind" is burning up the charts. The girl CAN sing and she has legions of fans who buy her products. Calling Paris Hilton over-hyped is like saying a diamond is too big or a person has too much money LOL. Obviously, Ms. Hilton is doing something right. She is a regal goddess who reminds me of Marlene Dietrich. -- Dori comments on It's Official: Paris Hilton Most Over-Hyped Celeb
Apparently she can type, too.
| July 10, 2006; 10:42 AM ET
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