I am one person you won’t find watching any of the virtual reality shows on television, or anything similar. Our society’s obscene worshipping of celebrities—especially classless ones—leaves me sad and disappointed. Given the commercial success of these kinds of individuals I realize I am in the minority. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are two examples. It is beyond me why folks like these are held in such high esteem and have idiots with cameras invading every aspect of their lives in hopes of getting a shot they’ll sell for thousands of dollars or more.
As you know—unless you’ve been shrink-wrapped in some container for the past month—Kanye and Kim have recently had a blessed event which they promptly christened “North West.” Imagine having to go through life with a name like that. It’s as bad as River Phoenix. A gesture like that is done for its pure rebellious sensationalism and has no regard for the person it affects. And now, adding to the frenzy, an Australian magazine has offered the couple $3 million just so it can take some pictures of the baby. Imagine that.
Perhaps as an actual sign of displaying some sophistication, the couple turned the offer down. I, on the other hand, think accepting it could have been a tremendous opportunity for them to finally do something of merit.
My point is, the Wests certainly should not exploit their child, but why not exploit the opportunity. It would have been most opportunistic—in a positive sense—to have accepted the magazine’s offer with the condition that the $3 million be distributed directly to some worthy causes. Recent flood and tornado victims come to mind, as does pre-natal care for expectant mothers who cannot afford it; or how about some funds for returning vets who have suffered the consequences of war; or, or or. I am sure we can all list many worthy causes that could use some portion of $3 million dollars.
It’s disappointing how in this great land of opportunity things always seem lopsided. We don’t pay a lot of attention to the more deserving among us. We’re too busy idolizing icons less worthy.
My newest literary effort is imminent.
It’s called DEAD LETTER.
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Other books by Marc Kuhn: THE POPE’S STONE, an historical novel that follows two descendants of a Virginia family who, despite living a century apart, share uncanny similarities in their lives; NEVER GOOSE A MOOSE, a collection of whimsical verse featuring thought-provoking “never-do’s” that children should beware of; and ABOUT A FARM, a children’s book about challenges we all face every day, regardless of where we live. All three books are available at amazon.com and each has its own .com website under its title.
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