Celebrity Gossip: Why?

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I once saw a magazine a coworker was reading wherein candid photos of celebrities were paired with captions in brightly colored cartoonish letters simply narrating what the celebrities were doing as if awed by the mundane actions; “They… EAT TACOS!” “They… PAY THE DRY-CLEANER!” “They… BUY CIGARETTES!” Always “they” as though what one celebrity does speaks for all of them as a group, since once you become recognized as an entertainer, you lose the power of individual decision making.

There apparently exists some marketable portion of humanity that perceive celebrities as space aliens, and are awed that their behavior so nearly mimics that of human beings.

Perhaps this stuff sells because the folks buying it impose on celebrities the unexamined lives of crushing conformity they themselves live.

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