THE CRANKY OLD MAN
Random thoughts and stuff from a cranky old man. Humor (maybe)and satire, mostly stuff from a confused head.
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Monday, January 29, 2018
I admit to
having an unfair bias toward the entertainment industry.It bothers me that many people in this
industry are given credit for their intelligence and empathy to an extent that
their opinions seem to be held in higher esteem than that of “ordinary” citizens.
I think Cher
is a very talented lady and I love her style and voice.I’m sure she is intelligent, I suspect you
need to be strong and intelligent to succeed in such a tough industry where
there are so many talented people.Still, I really don’t understand why her opinions are news.
Robert De Niro
is a terrific actor with the depth to take a gangster, or a comedic role.He is of course entitled to his opinions, but
why are his opinions news?
I love Meryl
Streep, perhaps the most talented actress of our or any other time.She must also be very intelligent. She is entitled to her opinions, but once
again, why are her opinions news?
entertainers held in such elevated regard?
people complain that an NFL quarterback or MLB centerfielder gets paid millions
when teachers get paid so little?
“They are paid a
fortune for playing a game and teachers are molding young lives!”
there are many occupations that may be socially more valuable than others that
are rewarded less based on many economic and social factors.It is an issue which I suppose communism
attempted to solve with not such great results.(I’m pretty sure
Russian athletes were rewarded more than Russian teachers.)
But, if this
social issue bothers people so much, why do I never hear complaints that Tom
Cruise makes 15 million dollars per picture for pretty much just being ruggedly
handsome in shoes with lifts?
have just slipped off the track, but so what, it’s my blog.
So, while I
am miffed with all the adoration that is heaped on entertainers and the weight
that is given to their opinions, it is not their fault, it is our fault for
giving a damn about what these people think.They live in a fantasy land.
feels better, I just had a rant building up and it needed release.
beating on these talented people who give themselves rewards almost every week,
let me address those that started me on this rant. I would like to give praise
to a group of entertainers who we see every day and yet are virtual
unknowns.I suspect they are rewarded
financially, but they get no statues.
famous ones we will probably see in this year’s Super Bowl, people that steal
jobs from lesser actors because we will buy beer just because someone famous
tells us to buy that beer…arghh…I still have more rant left.
is a shout out to the Progressive Insurance actress Flo, and AT+T’s Lily, and
the Geico “Mayhem” dude.These and many
others are great character actors that deserve awards.
And I wish
to nominate my favorite commercial actor of the year, the Washington crossing
the Delaware Turnpike dude.I laugh
every time I see his fantastic reading of the line,
“We’ve all got places to go!We’ve all got places to go!”