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.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Reality TV Figure Richard Hatch

Corporate trainer Richard Hatch was the first winner (survivor)on the popular reality show Survivor, set in Borneo. This series conclusively proves there is no limit to how silly a show can be, provided it offers its viewers a sufficiency of comely young people cavorting about wearing skimpy outfits.

Hatch himself was no youngster but did like to go about as nearly nude as possible. His work experience had been varied and included a five-year hitch in the Army. On Suvivor, he showed a political ability that might be the envy of politicians everywhere, taking home the $1 million prize.

He was less clever when it came to paying his income taxes, however, and he spent around four years in prison as a result. Hatch had been offered a deal if he would plead guilty, but he turned it down, hoping to win over the jury. He didn't. His appeals did him no good, and in the end, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to grant certiorari. An older but presumably wiser Hatch emerged from prison in May 2009.

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