Friday, 9 January 2015

A Celebrity Rant

Do you mind if I have a good rant?

Well, I don’t care – I’m going to have one anyway.

At the end of every year, I watch a TV programme called Most Shocking Celebrity Moments simply to learn a little about the so-called celebrities that made the news in the past year for the wrong reasons, mainly so that I know who the bloody hell people are talking about. To be honest, it’s a knee-jerk response to people saying things like:

“What do you mean, you’ve never heard of Kim Kardashian? Have you been living under a rock?”

Thanks to this programme, I now know who Kim Kardashian is but the cost of knowing that has made me dust off my soapbox. The programme was a countdown of the most outrageous behaviour of these people in 2014 and I for one was almost apoplectic; as you would expect, the higher the number in this chart of disgrace, the more outrageous the deed.

For two hours, I screamed at the cats, asking questions like:

“Who is this person?”

“What on Earth was she bloody well thinking?”

“Why do people humiliate themselves so much just to get noticed?”

The cats were equally incredulous.

Here are the lowlights for me.

Robin Thicke (by name and nature) who, not content with writing a song that was a misogynistic pile of crap and allowing Miley Cyrus to thrust her arse into his groin on an awards show, managed to get caught being a very naughty boy, so much so that his wife left him – understandably so. What does he do? He releases an album dedicated to her, in a futile attempt to win her back. It bombed – and I’m glad.

I discovered who Kim Kardashian was because she had a photo shoot in a magazine showing her huge naked arse under the heading “Break the Internet”. As far as I can tell all she is famous for is having a rich father and starring in a terrible reality TV show. Apparently she has an army of fans and it makes me wonder – what in the name of all that is weird do these people see in her? The famous “arse” photo has been seen all over the internet (and I am not going to reproduce it here because the last thing I want to do is give her any more publicity, however, microscopic it would be) and it goes to show that this woman (and sadly many other so-called celebrities) will plumb new chasms in order to add a little more infamy and win more idiotic fans. And the worst thing I discovered about her, is that she is married to Kanye West – arguably the most arrogant and egocentric musical celebrity ever to stagger onto my television screen. He has claimed to be God, the new Shakespeare and the best rock star in the world.

Yeah, Kanye, yeah!

Moving on swiftly (because I could spend an entire post ranting about Kanye West), have you heard of media troll Katie Hopkins? She first hit the headlines on the UK version of The Apprentice and even then her arrogance stood out a thousand miles. It was clear back then, when the post-mortem on her exit from The Apprentice was shown:

That was back in 2006, and since then, particularly recently, she has said outrageous things on Twitter and on TV. Here’s an example where she annoyed the host of a TV show because she judges who her kids can play with based on their names. This is unbelievable:

She’s insulted fat people, other celebrities and even wrote a nasty tweet about a Scottish nurse, who after catching Ebola while treating people in Africa, was transported for treatment from Glasgow to London. She wrote: "Sending us Ebola bombs in the form of sweaty Glaswegians just isn't cricket."

I, personally, would sign a petition to get this woman removed from all forms of media. Is she so desperate for fame that she is happy to offend as many people as possible? Perhaps not because she has just joined “Celebrity Big Brother” and will spend a few weeks in a house with a whole bunch of other celebrities desperate to revive their ailing careers.

Finally, of course, we have Justin Bieber, a kid with the arrogance of Kanye West who considers himself to be above the law and is so consumed by himself that he is oblivious to all of his crimes and misdemeanours.

I simply cannot connect with these people in any way whatsoever. It is almost as if they are a totally different species. They are so consumed by themselves that they simply do not seem to be able to understand the effect of their actions or behaviour. I don’t understand either.

For example, why on earth would a person take a naked photo of themselves and store them on a medium (in this case “the cloud”) that can be hacked and published on the internet? I would never take a photograph of myself naked – not even if I were drunk.

Even when something bad happens in a celebrity’s relationship, it seems to be like a media explosion or, in the case of Gwyneth Paltrow and Chris Martin, a breakup can be veiled in the most idiotic phraseology to disguise what it really means in an attempt to sugar coat the event and portray the breakup as something sweet.

I mean, what the flump does the phrase “conscious uncoupling” even mean? If I were to go to Mrs PM and say “I want to consciously uncouple”, I think she would rip out my spine and parade it on a huge spike in the centre of Manchester with the banner:

The Plastic Mancunian and his spine have been consciously uncoupled

And, do you know what? I wouldn’t blame her.

My final part of the rant (and it is the final part – I promise) is this obsession with nips, tucks and plastic surgery.

Why do celebrities feel the need to alter their appearance? Why can’t they just grow old gracefully? Actresses in particular should be aware that they can’t play a young sex siren at the age of 50. Instead, we find that they convert themselves to fish by pumping their lips up like balloons. Surely they are aware that as they get older they can play more mature parts? Think about it – movies need older actors and actresses to play older people.

And if you are a pop or rock star, why do you have to be weird (and yes I do mean you Lady Gaga) or kill yourself to still look like a 20 year old at the age of 50? I like the music, not the looks of the bands who play it.

Phew! I’m all ranted out now!

What do you mean “Thank God!”?

I will, of course, punish myself in December 2015 by finding out which celebrities have made complete and utter arses of themselves in the coming twelve months.

It confirms to me at least that I am a happy normal every day person.

Oh – and dear reader – if I somehow become really famous in 2015 and make an arse of myself in public you have my permission to come to Manchester and give me a good slap – although I will be so ashamed I will probably use my new found wealth to exile myself on a remote island in the middle of the Pacific ocean.


joeh said...

I know who most of these people are, and for the most part they make me wish to live under that rock. Though sometimes I do enjoy a good train wreck.

Excellent rant, I'm sure you will sleep well tonight.

H2B said...


I neverunderstood the popularity of idiots such as Kim Kardashian or Justin Bieber. The autocorrect on my iPad can spell Kardashian and Bieber is a worry.

I used to like Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, but most famous teenagers, she went down the weird destructive path.

Never bothered with any tabloids or entertainment show, as my time is too precious. Don't care if people said I live under a rock.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Joeh,

I will sleep well until I hear more car crash celebrity carnage.

I will also consider finding a suitable rock.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi H2B,

I only suffer these people once a year - mainly out of morbid curiosity.

I can now have twelve months off.




Elephant's Child said...

Sometimes (quite often) living under the rock has a lot of charm. And I am very glad to say I didn't know who some of your celebrities were, and very little more than the name about others.

River said...

Just make sure that remote island in the middle of the Pacific ocean has wifi so you can still communicate with the riff-raff. (us)
I agree with you about celebrities and their nips and tucks, why not age gracefully and have years more film work as older characters? Who wants to see someone playing an aged wrinkled grandma with fish lips and perky double-D boobs?
If I had their kind of money the only thing I would change about myself is my teeth, I would have them fixed, but to look like normal teeth! NOT wall to wall whiter than white. Teeth are not supposed to look like bathroom tiles!
I watched that Katie Hopkins name video and at first couldn't understand a word they were saying, all talking too fast and over each other, but I soon enough saw what you meant. How insulting can she be?? Not only choosing her child's playmates by their names, but she is insulting her own child by not allowing her to make her own choices with regard to friends. Her child is going to grow up miserable and neurotic, lots of therapy in her future.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi EC,

Clearly you haven't been bitten by the celebrity bug - which is a great thing.




Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi River,

I will never allow myself to be like that so its a moot point.

Regarding Katie Hopkins - she's also a total idiot. She said she hates people who name their kids after geographical locations - like Brooklyn - but has named her OWN child "India".

What a buffoon.




Pandora Behr said...

We Australians have to thank the Brits for offloading "I'm a Celebrity, get me out of Here." onto our televisions in the near future.
I don't get celebrity either - I can't understand why scientists and humanitarians aren't more famous.

Plastic Mancunian said...

Hi Pand,

I'm really sorry about "I'm a Celebrity" - it is truly awful!

Scientists and humanitarians deserve fame of some kind; mind you, most of them simply would not want it because they have far more important and meaningful things in their lives.