Highbrow: Are 'Faux-lebrities' Taking Over Hollywood?
The Pisher Kings
New York Observer. With a dearth of fame-worthy men, overhyped youngsters like Shia LaBeouf and Pete Wentz are taking over our culture, our thoughts, our lives. Where are you, Johnny Depp?
Well Written: "In the earlier days of cinema it was the big, hunky, male stars that got the names of those pretty starlets clinging to their arms into gossip columns. These days it seems the opposite. Would we really care about this Joel Madden fellow -- he's in a band called Good Charlotte, by the way -- if he didn't date tween-kitten Hilary Duff before reportedly impregnating Nicole Richie (whose origins of fame are almost as mystifying)?"
Can Nicole Richie Get Pregnant?
Slate.com. When arrested in December for suspected DUI, Nicole Richie weighed in at 85 pounds. A half a year later, she's rumored to be expecting her first child. How is that even possible? Slate.com's Katherine Evans explains.
Noteworthy Factoid: "If Richie were pregnant, could it keep her out of jail? No. Unless a woman is in the last few weeks of her pregnancy, a judge normally won't postpone her trial. About 5 percent of female prisoners arrive at jail pregnant, and most detention centers have in-house OB/GYN care."
Psst! Gossip May Be Good For You
Newsweek. "It's a social skill, not a character flaw," says one doctor quoted in this defense of buzz junkies.
Really? "They're [tabloid consumers] working women who have jobs and families and kids. They view celebrities as part of their larger circle of friends. They want to read about drama in celebrity relationships because they relate to that in their own lives."
Call for Submissions: If you've been looking for an outlet for your theories about celebrity colonialism, look no further. The University of Queensland is gathering contributions for its first annual symposium on "Celebrity Colonialism: Fame, Representation, and Power in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures."
Highbrow is a weekly post which presumes to take a somewhat regular look at the world beyond (read: "above") the tabloids and paparazzi-driven blogs we normally frequent here in Celebritology (though, we do love them). Suggest links or trollable sites to email@example.com.
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