Saturday, October 24, 2009

I Wanna Be Britney When I Grow Up!

Have you recently asked any children what they want to be when they grow up?

"I wanna be Paris. I wanna be Britney!"

They all want to be a pop star of some sort. Do they want to sing? Um, no. Do they want to act? Um, not really. So what is it that they want? Fame! There's plenty of opportunity to sing, dance, and act if you want to get up in front of people and hear applause.

A singing group came to mom's assisted living center on Thursday. God bless 'em. A local guy gives singing lessons and he brought his students in to perform. I thought he might be the local high school music teacher but several of the students were women in their 30's so he must do it from his home. It was a win-win-win. He gets to give his students an approving and appreciative audience; the students get the experience of working in front of people and getting positive round of applause even if they are terrible and/or forget the words; and the elders get a free little concert to break up their day.

Honestly, I really don't know why anyone would want to be famous. To desire that must require a huge ego. I mean, who really thinks that they're so interesting that the world is clamoring to know everything about them. I think it's related to this recent notion that no one should be a winner or a loser. They don't keep score in games and everyone gets a trophy, even if you were the worst player on the team. This is good to develop positive self esteem, but the pendulum seems to have swung the other way. Even losers think they're great. And did you ever encounter these people in the workplace?

Newsflash: no one actually cares. It's about marketing, and the mega entertainment industry feeds us who we should be obsessed about. And when that person runs their course? On to the next — a version of 'what have you done for me lately'.

The only talent Paris has is for getting her nose in front of a camera. But she's the spawn of a gazillionaire so she's got that going for her. And when Britney isn't hitting the pipe, she's actually got a lot of talent.


Mom said...

Fame is not worth the price.
I love singing in nursing homes. the audience always thinks we're great.

Lacey said...

"hitting the pipe"?

you literally make me LOL

karen said...

So true.