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"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, June 30, 2009

Reality TV Figure Rupert Boneham

Note: So-called reality TV swept the nation during the last couple of decades. It would seem to be proof positive of how absolutely bone-desperate many Americans are to be entertained. It also comes on the cheap for TV producers, who do not have to meet the wild salary demands of established stars. At base, the thing that makes this kind of programming so attractive to viewers more than likely is that it gives the audience a bevy of nice looking young people dressed--barely--in skimpy outfits and placed in circumstances that allow for some degree of fooling around with one another.

One of the most popular of all the many reality shows has been Survivor, which in the Untied States started in 2000. Its concept is that a load of contestants are plunked down in an exotic, remote location, divided into competing "tribes," and given a series of ridiculous tasks to perform.They then begin to vote one another off the show. The idea was taken from a similar TV show in Sweden.

One of the best liked of all the U.S. show's contestants was not just a pretty face. In fact, Rupert Boneham isn't pretty at all. He is a bearded, bear-like fellow who looks if though he really could survive if left on his own for real in a remote place.

The U.S. audience took to this American everyman, who had studied nursing and worked at many hard jobs, including gravedigger.

That he is a good fellow can be seen in his use for some of the money he won on the show: setting up Rupert's Kids, an organization in support of troubled kids.

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