“Talents” like Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian and others can drop a sex tape on-line and become household names overnight. Do these people deserve less credit than the talents of old?

Does not deserve your admiration.

Does not deserve your admiration.

Does Not Deserve Your Attention

Does not deserve your attention.

 In the old days, celebrities became famous for a variety of reasons – more often than not celebrities were inbreeds. Tori Spelling (the ugly girl on 90210) became famous because her father was the producer of 90210. Nicolas Cage’s actual name is Nicolas Coppola and is Francis Ford Coppola’s nephew (don’t forget about Sophia). Jake Gyllenhaal’s parents were producer/writer Naomi Foner and director Stephen Gyllenhaal. Conan O’Brien is related to Dennis Leary. Sean Astin (the Goonies and The Lord of the Rings) is Mackenzie Astin’s (The Facts of Life) brother and John Astin (Gomez on The Addams Family) and Patty Duke are their parents. Jennifer Aniston is John Aniston’s daughter (Days of our Lives). Shirley MacLaine and Warren Beatty are brother and sister. Melanie Griffith is Tippi Hedren’s daughter. Oliver Platt, Princess Diana, and Orson Welles are all related. It seems as though everyone in Hollywood is family – if they are not related to someone directly in entertainment, they are connected somehow. Believe it or not, Tom Hanks is related to Abraham Lincoln – no joke. Still don’t believe it? How about this test: I say the last names Fonda, Bridges, and Sutherland. Who is being addressed here? There are too many to choose from and yes, they are all related! Most people believe that the actors on the silver screen are the best actors around. That is simply not the case. The folks on the silver screen are merely the best entertainers that are related somehow to other entertainers.

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This is a spin-off of my personal blog. I’ve decided this topic necessitates it’s own blog. Here’s the basic idea:

We are exposed to over 5,000 a day – what’s even more frightening is that it’s working. No matter how little money we have in our lives, we STILL give money to the super rich every day. Sometimes it’s paying for an overpriced movie ticket. Other times it’s going to an athletic event or concert for a mega-artist. Meanwhile the things that truly matter in life are falling to the wayside. Consider this.

If you like football – play football with your family as opposed to giving more money to the ultra rich athletes.

If you like music – go to the local coffee shop or a concert for an artist who is not already rich.

If you like movies – support the local community theatre, local film festival, or independent theatre.

There is a misconception out there that the best entertainment comes from the big companies. Take a look at my previous post.  It lists studio films and independent films – I’m sure after reading it you’ll give independent films much more credit.  Don’t let the studios brainwash you.  The same applies to the music industry as well – overall, the mega-artists ARE NOT THE MOST TALENTED MUSICIANS – they are simply hotter.

This blog is designed to remind you that YOU are valuable.  YOU are an important contribution to this world and you have an obligation to see that in your neighbors as well.  It’s vital to our sanity, and to our souls that we stop idolizing studio-backed talent.