"Granted, Oprah is also shilling pop, plastic TLC but at least she seems more sincere. And she doesn't pretend like she's an actual professional."
Oprah is a dumb, fat, black slut. She pretends she is an entertainer and a media professional. She is not entertaining, she is not a media professional. She was placed in the position she is in by shrewd white men who correctly surmised that dumb black welfare recipients who sit home all day watching day time TV will like her because they will identify with her. Everyone who watches Oprah is a dumb, fat, black slut just like her.
Well could be, but in Pitt's case I don't think so. Just an honest answer. Pitt has never been one of the publicity-seeking types. It follows him. Let's say he tolerates fame and its acoutrements, but isn't making a play for them.
Blame that on the paparazzi who follow him everywhere he goes. He's complained about that a number of imes.
Johnny Depp is the same way. Off camera he's practically a hermit.
While working on "Pirates of the Caribbean", Orlando Bloom asked him, "Isn't it weird that they pay us so much money for doing what we love to do?" Depp's answer was, "Privacy can be very expensive". He bought a private island for that purpose.
The flip side of that coin is Brad Pitt. He still goes to the same barber on a side street in Los Angeles that he went to before he got famous. He was asked why he did that. His reply was, "Why should I pay ridiculous prices just because I have money?".
Depends upon how they go about it. Many are prominent without being obnoxious, but many of the filthy-rich types aren't.
It's the "Do you know who I am?" syndrome that many merchants have to put up with. The best answer to that I've ever seen was, "No, but if you ask around, maybe somebody can tell you".
"it has become a trend in Hollywood."
Not really. It's been around for a couple of generatons. It's known as donating as much to charity as you can deuct from your income tax.
One of the neater tricks I came across was practiced by Howard Hughes. He created the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (I think that's the right title). It's a research facilitiy, not a patient-tratment.
He also owned the Hughes Aircraft Company.
The trick was, since the Medical Institute was tax free, the paperwork showed the Institute as the owner of Hughes Aircraft, so all of the profit from the aircraft plant went tax free to the institute.
There's not as much altruism in it as they'd like their public to think. Granted, there are some with real intent, and the Pitts and Oprah, George Clooney, etc., may well be some of them, but they're more of an exception than the rule.
For what my ten years of living in and around Holllywood may be worth, I'll say that this narcissism and hedonism is practiced mainly among the "stars" and--perhaps especially--by the wannabes.
Bob Hope lived around the corner from where I lived. The King Sisters were in my church congregation, and celebrities, both in front of and behind the cameras were a healthy percentaage of the local population, since we lived about six blocks up the street from the Universal Studios.
But the rest of the industry, technicians, support people, is as normal as you could expect. One of my best friends was a lady who had been in the original Mickey Mouse Club. She often had parties to which I was invited, and met many people involved in the industry--all nice, friendly people, with the exception of the inevitable few snobs.
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