No pap shots to gawk at,no Oscar dresses to critique,no front-page split ups to gossip about..would this be good or bad??
Ups and downs of a fame-free universe:
Upside : We might be closer to our families and friends. Imagine the collective mental energy that's been expended speculating with your friends about,say,Angelina going through " a difficult time" with Brad.If you didn't care so much about celebrity relationships,you might have a little more time to care about your own.
Downside : We would be driving fewer Toyota Priuses If it weren't for the aura of glamour that some Hollywood luminaries have bestowed on a certain sort of eco-consciousness,the world would probably be headed towards ecological Armageddon a bit faster.Take the Toyota Prius hybrid,it looks a bit naff but has a reputation for being cutting-edge,even sexy,simply because Cameron Diaz drives it.Improbable but true : Cam is good for the environment.
Downside : You'd somehow seem less hot In a superstar-free world,fashion models would probably take over as our main beauty icons.Imagine having to compare yourself with these symbols of impossible perfection -without the wild-card counterbalancing effect that hollywood serves up? From Sarah Jessica Parker to Queen Latifah and Kirsten Dunst,celebrity culture has,improbably,broadened our notions of coolness and attractiveness.
Upside : We'd be less stupid 30 minutes of Entertainment Today here,ten minute browsing on Perezhilton.com there.Guess what? When we're well-informed about stupid things,it technically makes us,well,stupid!
Downside : Epidemic of out-of-work plastic surgeons (or is that an upside?)
Upside : Fewer lame movies How many insipid films get made simply because actors famous enough to draw cinema-goers like lemmings are attracted to awful scripts?
Downside : But fashion wouldn't be as interesting The fashion industry loves making rules; celebrities love breaking them and,in doing so,they give the rest of us more wear-what-you-want freedom.(Really,Sienna? That's what you're wearing? OK,I guess it works.) Normal people,of course,invented style eclecticism,but celebrities made it cool.
Upside : 12-year-old girls wouldn't dress like women of the night Think about it: if Paris Hilton and countless other pop stars and starlets hadn't normalized youthful call-girl-wear,there is no way parents would have ever started letting their teens and pre-teens out of the house dressed like that,for heaven's sake.