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.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

April 11, 2007: Celebri-spiral Role Model of the Week

Where in the world is Matt Lauer, you ask? Well, he's right here as our first Celebri-spiral Role Model of the Week.

Every week I'll choose one celebrity who exemplifies anti celebri-spiral qualities such as:

  • Productive, with the attention focused on the work.
  • Entertaining, without leveraging personal life.
  • Smart, but not sanctimonious or snotty.
  • Clearly human, highly likable and relatable , without overstepping TMI boundaries.
  • Celebrated, but without taint or scandal looming like a black cloud.
I watch Matt every morning on The Today Show. He's smart, stylish, funny, and very famous. But despite the fact that tabloids whisper about separation/divorce, and he's asked personal questions all the time, he never goes there. He avoids the dark side of celebrity and stays on the sunny side of the street. I enjoy Matt and feel that he'd much rather hang out with me than obnoxious, obtuse Al Roker, but does he make me celebri-spiral? No. Give him the damn award.

Who would you nominate for future Celebri-spiral Role Models?


Blogger Mel said...

Lyle Lovett. The man perseveres. He writes great music, eschews the bright lights of Hollywood for a ranch in Texas, and manages to keep getting out of bed every morning no matter how many times people insist on comparing his looks to "Pretty Woman." How would YOU like to wake up every day to a world telling you that you're not attractive enough to have landed the spouse that you're no longer married to?

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 2:49:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Matt Lauer--perfect choice...let me also add that he is a legendary foodie--I sat next to him in Le Madri one night in 1996-BA (before Annette) and he was paying way more attention to the ragu than his statuesque date. Love that in a man.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007 8:38:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...

He is such a metrosexual so being a foodie comes as no surprise. Full disclosure: I met him at Le Colonial in 1992 briefly while waiting for our table. He wasn't the Today Show host yet. Sharp guy.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 7:13:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt. Excellent first CS role model. He is a style icon. Understated in every way.

I also nominate Tony Bennett--the man's a workhorse, no entourage, modest.

Thursday, April 12, 2007 5:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lisa Kudrow from Friends.

Friday, April 13, 2007 9:59:00 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

By the way, I kind of have to go with Kevin Bacon as a future C-s model of the week...I love a guy who is no longer a headliner and whose ego is such that he is cool with just taking interesting smaller roles and excelling in them. And even though he's one of those actors who wants to sing..he is really low-key about it all and isn't totally in your face with it all.

Friday, April 13, 2007 5:47:00 PM  
Blogger Cathleen Rittereiser said...

Just want you to know that I'm not dead. Related to that, I suggest the Celebri-Spiral Role Model of the Week should be named "The Jimmy Stewart C-S RMotW" Here are my suggestions:

* Bob Schieffer, CBS News
* The blonde lady that stars in "Cold Case"
* Anthony La Paglia
* Come to think of it, all the 2nd tier celebrities that star in Jerry Bruckheimer TV productions, except maybe for David Caruso
* Sela Ward
* Anthony Edwards
* Ken Olin
* Debbie Mantanopolous
* Sean Ono Lennon
* Diana Krall

Up until 2 days ago I would have said Fred Thompson but then he had to go and announce that he had cancer. Ugh. Cancer is the new rehab.

If you pick a nominee nominated by a reader, then the reader should get a prize. Perhaps a copy of "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington."

You have my email in case I win.

Friday, April 13, 2007 10:09:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

*Kathryn Morris (Cold Case)
*Marge Helgenberger (CSI,China Beach)
*Julia Louis-Dreyfus (The New Adventures of Old Christine, Seinfeld)

All of the above could be CS role models. Perhaps also models for not doing botox within an inch of their lives?

Saturday, April 14, 2007 6:10:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

About Fred Thompson as a CS role model. I agree that I'd prefer he keep his health issues private. But perhaps in the celebri-spiral world he announced it as a preemptive strike. Meaning, if he hadn't said anything, and later news of it got out, then what?

Saturday, April 14, 2007 7:24:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You know...based on the Fred Thompson posts, I am going to suggest a C-S Role Model Hall of Fame with Jerry Orbach as the premiere honoree. Talk about being a huge talent, modest, cool and not at all in any sort of courtship with the celeb media. The dude carried a Top 10 show for 12 years and worked on it straight through chemo without anyone even knowing. His was one of the few celebrity deaths that was not only shocking, but made you sob with loss...am I wrong?

Sunday, April 15, 2007 11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I second Jerry Orbach for the CS role model hall of fame.

Sunday, April 15, 2007 11:13:00 AM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...

Who is Anonymous and is it the same person?

People, people: pens names, please!

Monday, April 16, 2007 3:12:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Um, did Jerry Orbach's death cause me to sob with loss? No, it really didn't. I have sobbed with loss more over episodes of The Nanny. I mean, I am sure he was a good guy and all, but sobbed with loss. What's the connection? Does he remind you of your friend or your dad or something? There's gotta be some personal thing there for you to sob with loss over this sort of quiet guy no one knew.

Monday, April 16, 2007 3:14:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...

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Monday, April 16, 2007 3:16:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...


"Cancer is the new rehab."

Cathleen, I hereby fire you from the Radio show you don't have.

Monday, April 16, 2007 3:16:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I've wracked my brain...no connection between J.O. and any of my own personal losses. Most of the people I have loved and lost were cynical, gloryhog, extroverts...and every last one of them would have wept profusely when J.O. died. Thanks for the dime store diagnosis though!

Monday, April 16, 2007 3:32:00 PM  
Blogger Cathleen Rittereiser said...

Given the dime story psychology floating around here, I thought I would see what analysis we would get from paying Lucy Van Pelt 5 cents.

In the following vignette, substitute the name "Jerry Ohrbach" for "Beethoven". Substitute "Anonymous" for Lucy Van Pelt and substitute "Suzanne" for Schroeder.

Lucy Van Pelt: What's so great about Beethoven? Everyone talks about how "great" Beethoven was. Beethoven wasn't so great.

Schroeder: What do you mean Beethoven wasn't so great?

Lucy Van Pelt: He never got his picture on a bubble gum card. Have you ever seen his picture on a bubble gum card? Hmmm? How can you say someone is great who's never had his picture on a bubble gum card?

Schroeder: Good grief.

Jerry Ohrbach RIP
Charles M Schulz RIP
Sigmund Freud, RIP
Mr. Wilson from Dennis the Menace, RIP

Monday, April 16, 2007 10:31:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eleria - love that you have an opionion, but you were out of line with Suzanne! Dammit, "Nobody puts baby in the corner!" There's a huge base of people that would sob over JO. He was a true blood NYer and an amazingly low key actor that quietly battled a really shitty diease.Just writing this is making me tear up.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 7:43:00 AM  
Blogger Cathleen Rittereiser said...

Are Anonymous, Eleria and Dave Singleton all the same people?

Tuesday, April 17, 2007 2:51:00 PM  
Blogger Dave Singleton said...

LOL, no I am definitely not Anonymous or Eleria. In fact, I found out that Anonymous is several different people, because I then get emails from them. They are scared of posting their names or even a fun pen name, as I suggested. It's weird to me. I think the fun pen name is fine and no one would know.

Thursday, April 19, 2007 2:16:00 PM  

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