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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 11/27/2007

Occupational Hazard: Celeb Ennui

By Liz Kelly

This may come as a surprise to the occasional reader who likes to rail against me and the blog for, well, existing, but even Celebritologists aren't capable of unwavering interest in the lives of the rich and infamous.

Some days it happens like this: I wake up to a morning of smelly Tara Reids, bottle blond divorces and the usual swarm of Britney Spears headlines and I. Just. Freeze Up.

This morning, for instance. Here I sit with a vast array of silly celeb news for inspiration and I'm, well, uninspired. No "Dancing with the Stars" finale or leaked Britney video shoot anticipation for this Celebritologiest. Instead, I find myself gravitating to this fascinating story about the meaning (or lack of meaning) in our dreams and, yes, trying to wrap my head around the sudden, unexpected death of Redskin Sean Taylor.

Forgive me for having an off day, but there it is. I am hopelessly off. Tomorrow I'll be back and ready to reaffirm my lifelong love of celeb news and newly ready to take Brit, Lindsay, Nicole and Paris to task for whatever stupid transgression one of these women will doubtless commit in the next 24 hours.

In the meantime, I strongly suggest reading Gene Robinson's excellent piece about the Oprah-Obama alliance and weighing in on this list of stars who, it would seem, also see past the glitz to the real world.

Am I alone in sometimes feeling a toxic overdose of celeb news?

By Liz Kelly  | November 27, 2007; 10:43 AM ET
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absolutely. Sometimes it's better to actually go in the other direction and to the opposite of high-brow. Try and for a quick freshen-up of the noggin.

Posted by: Other Liz | November 27, 2007 11:02 AM | Report abuse

You are not at all alone. I'm not sure why I even landed on your blog today (this is my first visit), but I feel your pain on this one.

I'm so sick of the daily barrage of who drank, who drove and who loves who stories that I could scream! But, like many, I sometimes find myself drawn to stories of celeb news. At the same time, I realize that most of these stories exist only to keep the almost has-beens from falling into the abyss of "where is he/she now?".

Let's hope you can enjoy your day of mind clearing and come back stronger.

Posted by: MsCookie | November 27, 2007 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Ashley Judd as one of the top celeb activists? Really? Over Susan Sarandon? Sean Penn?

Is this a new thing? And I just thought she starred in crappy thrillers.

Posted by: Really? | November 27, 2007 11:11 AM | Report abuse

My Little Ponies! Weeeeee!

Posted by: Em | November 27, 2007 11:21 AM | Report abuse

This is why I like Celebritology because it doesn't take itself seriously unlike those other celebrity suck-up shows like ET or Access Hollywood.

I can also understand the need to take a day off, the stupid can become overwhelming.

Posted by: Anonymous | November 27, 2007 11:22 AM | Report abuse

thanks for the ponies!

other liz-- i love at it every day to lighten my spirit.

sending healing thoughts to Sean Taylor's family.

Posted by: b | November 27, 2007 11:23 AM | Report abuse

ooohhh pretty ponies! you can brust their hair and tails. yaaaaay!

Posted by: Melissa | November 27, 2007 11:25 AM | Report abuse

Pretty Ponies are the cure for celebrity news overdose. They are never TMZ even although they don't wear panties.

Posted by: Lisa1 | November 27, 2007 11:38 AM | Report abuse

"I can also understand the need to take a day off, the stupid can become overwhelming." Hahahahahahahaha - thanks - I needed a good laugh today. Rest easy, Liz, all those "celeb" losers will be around tomorrow.

Posted by: WI | November 27, 2007 11:39 AM | Report abuse

Liz, the only known antidotes to "a toxic overdose of celeb news" are: (1) the sangfroid with which we mock and insult the celebs you mention here in Celebritology; (2) the feeling of superiority one gets from that mockery, and (3) ponies.

We know you do dangerous work so that we may feel better, and we thank you for it.

Now, is Gene about ready to go?

Posted by: byoolin | November 27, 2007 11:46 AM | Report abuse

I agree - sometimes I wonder what it says about me that I can easily name celebrities who are in the midst of a divorce, but might have to struggle to find Darfur on a map. I think that we each need to try to find some balance between somewhat vacuous escapism and being responsibly informed and active.

As far as Really?'s question about Ashley Judd, she has been active for several years now. She has worked with human rights organizations, did a special report on child sex workers in Asia, and has traveled in Africa and elsewhere talking about the AIDS epidemic and the need to empower women to help stem the tide. (All around the world but especially in developing countries, women are victims of rape, forced into prostitution, or unable/discouraged from demanding that their partners use protection.) Ashley Judd is trying to use her celebrity to improve women's lives and, in doing so, reduce the number of infected people.

That said, I don't know if she's "more" of an activist than Sean Penn or Susan Sarandon. This list does seem a bit arbitrary, but I guess I don't have a good way of judging either.

Posted by: oregonchick | November 27, 2007 12:06 PM | Report abuse

Take a break, get a little sunshine and vaguely unseasonable temperatures while it lasts, and come back when you're ready. Perhaps also you could throw some cows at people on Facebook -- a little virtual catharsis?

Posted by: CentrevilleMom | November 27, 2007 12:07 PM | Report abuse

If it makes you feel any better, Liz, I'm completely off-kilter today too. I can't even summon up any snarkiness. I'm sending you an e-hug, though. :o)

Posted by: Californian | November 27, 2007 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Ashley Judd also was on the cover of MS. magazine wearing the "This is what a feminist looks like" T-shirt, and marched in the March for Women's Lives in D.C. in April 2004.

Posted by: Californian | November 27, 2007 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I visit Celebritology because I deal with human trafficking day in and day out. I need vacuousness (sp?).

Yes, as oregonchick pointed out, Ashley Judd has been a strong human rights supporter for years. She just doesn't have cameras following her around when she does it. Or bring home a child as a souvenir of her trip.

I am also trying to deal with the senseless death of a young man with his future and his child's future ahead of him. And I am a Dallas Fan. RIP Sean Taylor. prayer with his family, friends and the entire NFL family.

Posted by: ep | November 27, 2007 12:39 PM | Report abuse

For those interested, there's a link to a picture of Liz's tat at Weingarten's chat (

Posted by: byoolin | November 27, 2007 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Is that the type pony everyone was referring to? I wanted the one that would be able to roam around my backyard. Oh well, these will do, no clean up required.

I get you on the need to take a break. It's to the point where the stupid stuff some celebs do really doesn't faze me. At times I need a break from the celebs and the real world at the same time.

Posted by: petal | November 27, 2007 12:50 PM | Report abuse

thanks, byoolin! you're a real mensch!

as for our 'bout a big ol' virtual bear hug for the gal who feeds us our celebritology every single day (except off days) and when she's feeling blue, what does she do? she give US ponies! the world doesn't see enough of that kind of selflessness.

prayers & healing thoughts to the family of sean taylor.

Posted by: methinks | November 27, 2007 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Nice ink, Liz!

You and my GF should hang. ...nothing like redheads with tattoos! They make my days much better.

Posted by: Pompous Magnus | November 27, 2007 12:58 PM | Report abuse

Ooh, I could *definitely* keep that kind of pony in my office. I already have a walrus and a bust of Schiller - it would fit right in.

Posted by: h3 | November 27, 2007 1:19 PM | Report abuse

This is the kind of pony I want:

Posted by: Californian | November 27, 2007 1:26 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the ponies Liz! I can certainly understand the need to take a break from the silliness of it all and I hope you feel better about everything tomorrow. (((((((((O))))))))) (that's a big e-hug for you)

"I deal with human trafficking day in and day out" - Dang ep, no wonder you need to get away from the real world to the goofy celeb world. If you're helping the victims, and I assume you are, then you get a giant e-hug too - ((((((((O))))))).

Finally, the senselessness of Sean Taylor's death can not be adequately expressed. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and colleagues.

May all the bad guys get what is coming to them.

Posted by: sunnydaze | November 27, 2007 2:00 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for the ponies Liz, they should tide us over 'til Santa comes. To think I almost didn't visit today because I just wasn't feeling it.

Posted by: jes | November 27, 2007 2:04 PM | Report abuse

Rest away, Liz. We all need a break sometimes from the crap that can be Celebrity "News".

Posted by: Melinda | November 27, 2007 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely, Oh Fabulous Liz.

I still read you daily, but I stopped clicking on links about Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, TomKat and such a while back. I only read the spots that interest me now.

You're totally forgiven for being burnt out on this stuff. I'm sure researching the train wrecks that these women are can get morbid after a bit.

If it makes you feel any better, your weather is better than mine out here in the hinterlands of the Midwest. I woke up, and it was 7°, it's warmed up to a balmy 17°....

Posted by: Chasmosaur | November 27, 2007 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Liz, you are awesome!

thank you for the ponies!

Posted by: unmute | November 27, 2007 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Liz, I feel a bit creepy for doing so, but I really enjoyed looking through your flickr pics. You look like you have a fantastically fun life, and can even look good in a bridesmaid's dress.

Posted by: Rex | November 27, 2007 3:31 PM | Report abuse

I just want to join everyone in saying, Liz, I'm right there with you. Sometimes celebrity news makes my head hurt.

And thanks for the ponies.

Posted by: ASinMoCo | November 27, 2007 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Shakira donated $45 million dollars to support charitable endeavors in her native South America. She needs to be on that list.

Posted by: Maryland person | November 27, 2007 8:28 PM | Report abuse

Long ago I knew a little girl who played with ponies such as those.

Posted by: RD Padouk | November 27, 2007 8:37 PM | Report abuse

sometimes i am sick of those cele news. I prefer to go to some site i am interested in to check some blog posting. All is about average people, such as I am a big woman, so i like to go there to enjoy myself there.

Posted by: cutebig | November 27, 2007 10:55 PM | Report abuse

I agree, who cares sometimes about all the drunk, acting out behavior, or eating disorders of over-hyped celebrities. Let's talk about all the facial surgery they have had, Ashley Judd and Susan Sarandon in those ranks no matter what they say.

Here is a fun quiz--My Little Pony or Porn Star?

Posted by: chocolatetiara | November 28, 2007 8:13 AM | Report abuse

dude, it's like your job. Quit whining and purvey us some choice snippets pronto.

Posted by: so | November 28, 2007 9:04 AM | Report abuse

Stop trying to advertize your web site. I have seen you doing this on at least a dozen blog sites.

Posted by: to cutebig | November 28, 2007 10:45 AM | Report abuse

It concerns me that a photo of some actor going to Starbucks to get coffee is now considered to be "news." Yet I am addicted to reading these inane things about people I will never meet--I have no idea who many of them are! Yet there I am reading about them.

Are we obssessed with celebs because the real news is so incredibly bleak, what with the war, price of gas, and generally country going to hell in a handbasket? Does anyone have a theory as to what is going on? Or do we just like to look at beautiful people?

Posted by: Patty | November 29, 2007 2:24 PM | Report abuse

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