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, February 1, 2010

Notorious celebrity: David Duke

The modern-day voice of white separatism and racial segregation is David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

In his college days at Louisiana State University, Duke celebrated Hitler's birthday and often wore a Nazi uniform on campus--a harbinger of things to come.

In 1967, Duke joined the Klan, an organization he later tried to update. Goodbye pointey-headed white robes, hello coats and ties. In 1978, Duke and the Klan parted ways, and he formed his own organization,the National Association for the Advancement of White People.

During a long career, Duke has represented Louisiana as a state representative and has run unsuccessfully for the Louisiana Senate, both the U.S. Senate and House, Governor of Louisiana, and President of the United States. He has kept in front of his public with an Internet radio show of his own.

In 2002, he pled gulity to tax evasion and was given a term of 15 months in prison. He was released in 2004. He has authored books, including his own version of Hitler's "Mein Kampf," titled "My Awakening."

As of 2009, he was living in Austria.

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