Never Boring

As Kottke notes, Vanessa Grigoriadis’s New York profile of Lady Gaga is an embarrassment of quotable riches. I thought that this observation was particularly striking:

Gaga also throws in our face something we’ve known all along but numbly decided to ignore: American celebrities have become very, very boring. … One of her essential points is that celebrity should be the province of weirdos, like Grace Jones circa Jean-Paul Goude and her pet idol, eighties opera–meets–New Wave cult figure Klaus Nomi, who died of AIDS at 39.

I read this and immediately thought of US Magazine’s regular section, “Celebrities … They’re Just like Us,” which features photographs of stars taking their kids for walks and picking up groceries in sweatshirts. But, of course, these so-called “candid” shots are just as artificial as Lady Gaga’s lobster hat.

Banality is the essence of the wide appeal of celebrity.

Becoming famous by doing something much much better than the average takes both talent and hard work.

Anybody no matter how utterly ordinary, can realistically dream of becoming a celebrity.