About this Blog

"In the future everybody will be world-famous for 15 minutes." So said the bleached-out, late lamented artist Andy Warhol. Having lived and worked in New York City, Warhol came to fully grasp the hold celebrity has on us. In this very famous sentence, he meant to point out that in a culture fixated on fame, many people will suddenly flash brightly onto the public screen, then--poof--will just as quickly disappear from public view--like shooting stars. Other individuals derive their celebrity from one stellar accomplishment (one hit song, one iconic role, etc.) that they never again match.

This blog is devoted to the one part of our celebrity culture that no one has written much about: temporary/one-shot celebrities.

The pace of modern life has quickened, and now we hear people speaking of someone's 15 seconds of fame. These "celebrities with a lower-case c" who will appear in this blog sometimes come to us from the world of entertainment, sometimes from the world of news. All are fascinating.

The need of our communications media for a continual stream of new material assures that we will have no end of colorful people who go quickly, where celebrity is concerned, from zero to hero (or villain) and back to zero. Now you see 'em, now you don't. What a crazy world, eh?

Temporary celebrities coming from the world of entertainment include one-hit recording artists; TV and movie icons who, although they might have had a great many accomplishments in their career, are remembered for one big role; standouts of reality TV; sports figures remembered for one remarkable accomplishment; and people whose celebrity came from one big role in a commercial or print ad.

News-based temporary celebrities come in many forms: mass/serial killers, other murderers of special note, sex-crime offenders, disgraced figures of government/military/business/media/religion, spies/traitors, hoaxers, femmes/hommes fatale, heroes, whistle blowers, inventors/innovators, and victims.

Celebrity Blogsburg will consider each category in turn.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Victim Jesse Dirkhising

A victim of two sadistic nitwits and also possibly of political correctness was 13-year-old Jesse Dirkhising, who died by torture and suffocation in 1999.

The boy, who was gay, had been working at the hair salon owned by Davis Carpenter, 38. Carpenter and his partner, Joshua Brown, 22, had made Dirkhising their sex toy. The boy's parents unwisely had allowed him to spend weekends with the couple.

In September 1999, the two men bound, drugged and gagged the boy, then tied him to a mattress and sodomized him repeatedly. Due to the way he was tied to the mattress, Dirkhising slowly suffocated.

The two older men indicated that they had not meant to kill the boy, but were merely playing a game. Each received a life sentence.

Conservatives complained that because the assailants were gay, this grisly case got less media play than did the earlier beating death of young gay man Matthew Shepard.

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