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.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Victim Juanita Broaddrick

Nursing home administrator Juanita Broaddrick waited 21 years to accuse Bill Clinton of rape. Her reason for not doing so sooner, she said, was that she did not think anyone would believe her over the word of Clinton, at that time a candidate for Governor of Arkansas.

At the time of the alleged rape, 1978, she was working as a volunteer in Clinton's campaign. She maintains that Clinton phoned her in her hotel room, asked to meet in that room rather than downstairs-- to avoid reporters, and once inside the room, forced himself on her.

She also claims that Clinton later tried to apologize to her, but that she told him to go to hell. She came forward with these charges after Clinton's celebrated Monica Lewinsky affair.

Along with Lewinsky, Broaddrick was hardly alone in the string of women who have complained about Bill Clinton's womanizing ways. Others include Elizabeth Ward Gracen, a former Miss America;Kathleen Willey; Paula Jones; Dolly Kyle Browning; Jennifer Flowers; Sally Perdue; Christy Zercher; Eileen Wellstone; and Sandra Allen James.

If all or most of their charges are true, then Bill Clinton has been one busy boy, and Hillary has had to overlook a great deal to maintain her own political aspirations.

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