Entertainment buzz has become a buzzkill
By now, anyone who reads this column knows most of my guilty pleasures. I watch plenty of crime shows, I get caught up on YouTube ... you get the point. Another one of my quirks is my incessant need to make sure I am up on the latest entertainment gossip. Yes, it’s part of being an entertainment reporter, but it goes beyond that.
Every week, I make sure I do a roundup of all the latest news going on in the celebrity world. A few months ago, my internet traipsing would have taken me close to an hour. Now, however, it’s a different story. Instead of reading and researching, I merely glimpse and scan. Why? The answer is very simple.
It is the same story every single day.
Entertainment news is no longer exciting. Instead of new stories and crazy happenings, I get updates and new details on the same topics that have been in the news since the new year began. Couples news? Barely any. Major arrests and happenings? Only by the same handful of people. It’s become a hamster wheel of information.
Take, for example, Charlie Sheen. That business was mildly entertaining when it began. He was delirious, and his rants were entertaining. But do I want to know when he gets on and off a plane to every show he scheduled? No. Do I need to know what kind of socks he wore to a hearing regarding his custody battle? Not at all. These statements are the same for Lindsay Lohan.
It’s just too much. Where are the pictures of Matthew McConaughey tramping around the beach with his cute little son? What celebrities are being spied cheating on their spouses? Aren’t there any more rap battles or arrests for ridiculously random crimes? Band breakups, celebrities gaining inordinate amounts of weight — are they in the entertainment section?
No. All that is left is royal wedding updates and videos of Danny DeVito dancing at Coachella.
As actors, musicians, and entertainers around the world, your job is to entertain me. All of you are slacking. I need more gossip. I need you all to get in trouble more, do things that are salacious and strange. Keep me coming back for more. Because at this point, when you finally do something outrageous, I may not be here to see it.
Contact Corianne Egan, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8652.