Celebri-spiral™: Enough Already

Our culture is in a celebri-spiral. We're conflicted over our ridiculous, growing celebrity culture consumption via magazines, websites, and TV shows. In 2007, my love/hate conflict made me take to the blog-o-sphere. All writing on this site © Dave Singleton 2009.

Monday, April 16, 2007

April 16, 2007: A Truly Sad Day Puts Headlines in Perspective

Today, after seeing reports of the The Virginia Tech massacre, I have the "celebrity culture is stupid and meaningless, as is laughter, ambition, and just about everything other than friends and family" feeling that we all had after 9-11.

Sadly, ironically, here's one of the Fox News headlines from earlier today: Virginia Gun Dealers Hold Contest to Protest New York Mayor Bloomberg's Gun Policy. What is it going to take to change our ridiculous gun policies in this country? Where is the lack of tolerance for that issue, when we have a seemingly endless supply of it for just about everything else?

Where are the celebrities for this cause? I truly wonder what the anti-gun control crowd thinks about when they hears that some lunatic, who probably got his firearm quicker than I can get through the checkout line at Walmart, shot up a bunch of college kids? How would someone like NRA-loving-movie-icon-with-a-man-wig-worse-than-Burt-Reynolds Charlton Heston react, if he wasn't dying of Alzheimers right now, spared from seeing today's carnage?

After the rallying cry around Imus, which now feels like the lone BB gun shot heard 'round the world, I wonder which notables will rally for gun control to rectify the cacophony of semi-automatic rapid fire shots from not one, but two, automatic weapons that felled Virginia Tech?


Blogger Mr. Hiss said...

Semi-automatic, not automatic. There is a world of difference.

And why do we care whether celebrities call for gun control? They have no particular policy expertise, and usually make exceptions for their armed bodyguards.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 9:17:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...

And if there are celebrities for every worthless cause, then where are the ones for this one? True, they have no policy expertise, can't deny that. But they draw crowds, for better or worse...worse, usually. But in this case, I think our gun control policies are so out of hand, I'll take what we can get.

As for the armed bodyguards, I don't have a problem with licensed, expert users. I just want it to be harder to get and use a gun than it is to cruise through the checkout line at Walmart or buy from unauthorized dealers, which is what many of the fanatics seem to be doing.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:27:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...

P.S. and if takes Cameron Diaz crying in a PSA to do that, bring it on.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007 4:27:00 PM  

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