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Love Rats and Doormats

The title for this blog is shamelessly stolen from a magazine article in Psychologies (linked in title) that I want to comment on today. The article (by Amelia Hill) was discussing the obsession behind famous infidelities.

The most interesting point in the article came near the end, where modern celebrity gossip and drama functioned like a morality play or Greek tragedy. Having studied Greek tragedy you can see why I was interested!

In a way, I can see how that might be. Some people have "Celebrity Worship Syndrome" (that's a quote from the article!) and read everything and anything about their hero's, but anything that ever makes the news is how celebrities are in the wrong, or have fallen, whereas Greek tragedy always some kind of GOOD moral message.

I have always found celebrity worship odd, I don't care who is staring in a film, if it looks good I'll go see it, if it looks rubbish I wont - I don't care who is in ok. Ok, I have a small soft spot for Johnny Depp - sue me :P Reality shows like Big Brother are just as bad.

Anyway, the article was quite interesting, and the magazine is good for those of us who don't want to spend money of celeb. gossip and pages of "fashion" that you would never. ever. wear. I recommend the mag. as a good read!

Here are some intersting quotes from the article:

A publicly scorned woman might arouse our sympathy at first, but once she decides to stand by her unfaithful partner, our support is crowded out other emotions. At best, there's pity...at worst, vitriol and scorn.

One of the most bizarre was how some Americans view Clinton:

How can a woman such as Hillary Clinton lead a contry when she can't 'control' her husband?

How idiotic is this sentence, let alone what it implies?! Gah!

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