I never thought I'd find myself feeling sorry for Britney Spears, Lindsay Lohan, Tom Cruise, Kevin Federline, Heather Mills, Geri Halliwell, George Michael, Jamie Oliver et al. This programme listed 100 celebrities ( movie and pop stars, presenters, comedians, footballers, and politicians ) who have in some way or other teed off the nation in the last year.
Except for me, because I do not read tacky tabloids, gossip magazines nor watch soap operas, sport or reality shows.
What I found really annoying, however, were the presenters/ showbiz journalists/ comedians/ gossip columnists presiding over this trial by television, amongst them Carole Malone, Kevin O'Sullivan, Gina Yashere, Ian Hyland and Polly Graham, all of whom were clucking like mother hens. You have never seen a more aggressive, rude and pompous bunch in your life. So what if Britney chooses not to wear panties when she goes nightclubbing? Its a free world, isn't it? ( Being a man, I must defend this habit! ) Does it really matter whether or not Jade Goody has made a career out of being a simpleton? Aren't there more urgent problems facing the world right now?
As someone who used to be a journalist ( albeit only for a local paper with a circulation confined to doctor's surgeries ), I can safely say that your average news hound - male or female - drunk out of his/her mind is a more repellent sight than a rock star misbehaving at an awards show. One of my colleagues used to take delight in dropping her underwear whenever intoxicated. Another had a serious gambling addiction. They should be the last people on Earth to condemn others. Interestingly, the narrator was ex-'Blue Peter' presenter Richard Bacon, himself no stranger to controversy.
Besides, without Britney et al, how would they sell their rags? Showbiz scandals are the lifeblood of tabloid journalism. They would be the first to complain if George Michael 'kept it in his pants' and thus deprived them of good copy.
The programme was little more than an excuse for a lot of untalented nobodies to vent their frustration on air at not being invited to more parties.
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