Today is my grandmother's 90th birthday!¬† I went down to Walnut Creek with my family this morning to spend some time with her on her big day.¬† Pretty amazing to think of everything she's witnessed and lived through since she was born in 1919.¬†
So with those thoughts on my mind, I pull into work right before I got on the air at 1:00 this afternoon, and everyone in the workplace was abuzz.¬†¬†"Did you hear, did you hear?"¬† I told them I hadn't heard, as¬†I'd been with¬†the fam all morning.¬† "The Black Eyed Peas beat up Perez Hilton!"¬† Hmmm, I say to myself.¬† I don't really care, but it¬†doesn't surprise me, as he certainly had it coming with all the hateful¬†things he¬†is constantly spewing out about people on his site.¬† I stopped visiting¬†his website long ago, because I don't care to support that type of person.¬† Of course, the Peas themselves most likely weren't the culprits, but let's let everything sort itself out before we recklessly jump to conclusions.¬† Then I read on the internet that Jon & Kate are getting divorced.¬†¬†Again, who cares??¬† I'm sorry, but as a young person plugged in to pop culture like I am, was¬†I supposed to feel¬†some sort of emotion when I read that?¬† I don't know who they are, besides¬†the fact that I have to see them¬†on the cover of all those stupid magazines that are in my face when I'm trying to checkout at the grocery store.¬† Other than that, they have no bearing on my life whatsoever.¬† I am aware of the fact that¬†they have a reality show, although I couldn't tell you what network it's on (and I'm pretty proud of that fact).¬† I have no idea the backstory as to how they were¬†picked to have their own reality show (someone is definitely exploiting¬†those children, I'm just not sure if Jon & Kate¬†or the producers are to blame, or possibly all of the above), but it has evidently cost them their marriage.¬† The show is obviously ruining their lives, yet we as a culture are licking it up and begging for more.¬† How is this¬†a positive?¬† What couple has ever done a reality show together and ended up better for it?¬† Has pop culture always been this shallow and¬†overall just bankrupt of any redeeming qualities?¬† It's days like this when I question our adulation/consumption of all things celebrity and reality, and I do think they go hand in hand.¬† Things that should be important, like the potential revolution happening right now in Iran which could quite possibly change the course of things big-time in the middle East,¬†just don't seem to be prominent enough with us young folks.¬† The youth over there are risking their lives demonstrating in the streets against their¬†oppressive government, and here we seem to be¬†more pre-occupied¬†with¬†the twists and turns of the relationship of some random couple with 8 kids that none of us has ever met.¬† Sure, celeb watching/pop culture¬†does have a time and place, yet I would argue it should be a fun¬†distraction from our daily routine, but¬†not become our daily routine in itself.¬†¬†Now I'm certainly not advocating¬†that we¬†mobilize against our government, haha,¬†but it seems to me that¬†more and more of the celeb/reality stuff¬†is occupying more and¬†more¬†of our consciousness much more regularly.¬† And that's not a good thing.¬†
I'll be honest, I had a tough time on the radio today talking about the aforementioned stories, because I don't want to be fake and act like I care about all this stuff when I really couldn't care less,¬†yet I¬†know I need to mention them¬†because¬†a lot of you really do¬†want to hear it.¬†¬†So because¬†I refuse to elevate these things¬†to "important" status in my life,¬†I generally end up presenting them¬†in a sarcastic or critical manner.¬† Does this make me out of touch because I'm not¬†hanging on every new revelation¬†of¬†Jon and¬†Kate's failing¬†relationship?¬† I'm sorry, but I'm just not going to aid in fueling the short-lived¬†media fire of this poor couple who's being chewed up and spit out by our horrible¬†tabloid culture, which is¬†all the while¬†searching for its next¬†train-wreck¬†story to exploit in another month or two.¬† And¬†when you stop to think about the things that should hold true importance¬†in our lives, like¬†spending time with grandma on her 90th birthday,¬†¬†you realize just how inconsequential people like Jon & Kate¬†really are in our lives.¬†¬†We can't continue to let the things which should be merely distractions to¬†take the¬†majority position in our lives.