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    June 21, 2005 latimes.com
    COMMENTARY
    They Really Like Us -- in Our Dreams
    By Martin Kaplan

    It was a comment by Juror No. 8 that nailed the weirdest aspect of it. "Even though he's a superstar, he's human," said Melissa Herard of Michael Jackson after his acquittal. "To me, he's just a normal person, and you could say to him, 'Hey, what's up?' It made him real in my mind."

    Whoa. The notion that Michael Jackson is "just a normal person" is by itself breathtaking — but the fantasy of a casual friendship with him is stranger yet and cuts to the core of our cult of celebrity.

    These jurors are not fools. They knew about the dangled baby, the bizarre plastic surgery, the sleeping with boys, the toxic entourage and all the other danger signs of narcissism. Nevertheless, they — like the sign-waving fans outside the Santa Maria courthouse, and like the rest of us watching on TV at home — were apparently willing to give Jackson a chance to demonstrate that he has a normal, even healthy, relationship with his own celebrity.

    These days, we all think we know what's behind the image curtain. Despite the dreams of marketers and press agents, we are not merely marks for their cons, pigeons for their mesmerism, sitting ducks for their InStyle shoots, uncritical consumers of their confected narratives.

    Yet knowing all this, we also know that stars are different from us. It is not their talent that creates that distinction, but their celebrity itself. Their famousness gives them an aura, confers a magic on them. They are not only magnets for our attention, they are magnets for our fantasies. And of all the yearnings we project on them, the most potent is this: If they knew us, they would like us.

    If we can believe that of our celebs, then we are capable of forgiving them just about anything. If we can maintain the fan's delusion that our stars would like to have a latte with us, that the only thing that's preventing us from being friends with them is access, then there is no crime we won't consider acquitting them of; that, after all, is what friends are for.

    From now to the end-times, cable news and the rest of the degraded infotainment industry, formerly known as journalism, will force-feed us famous-defendant trial news like foie gras geese, and we will feel as though we are spending as much time hearing testimony as the impaneled dozen in the courtroom. Although we may believe we are assessing the evidence, deep down — or maybe, shallow down — we will also be deciding whether the defendant is "just a normal person," whether we could say, "Hey, what's up?" to the accused and not get treated like an insect or a stalker.

    Audiences are juries. Our entertainment-saturated society puts us in a juridical relationship with all famous people, all the time. Trials only heighten that drama. We may pride ourselves on our antennae for authenticity, believing it's possible to spot the difference between keepin' it real and a star who's merely good at faking intimacy with us. But as Oscar Wilde said, "To be natural is such a very difficult pose to keep up."

    Copyright 2005 Los Angeles Times
     
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    i still say just because your an actor, actress, singer, author, and so on, your no better than the guy that sells me cigarettes. i would certainly not hold and actors ideals any higher than a gas station employee.
    just becasue someone has money doesnt mean they know anything more of anything. treating them differently becasue of that fact is wrong. and please dont think they would have a latte with you because they like you, its for pr reasons.

    but then again, dont listen to me, i have no money
     
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    It's ok - I do ok for money, and they probably won't have a latte with me, either. Buncha stuck up knobs. :D
     
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    I wouldn't want to have a Latte with any of them...They're not worth my time...except for James Caveziel :kiss2: .........but he's married and off limits so that's that.
     
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    well just because they are married....lol
    id have one with sadra bullock, jsut because shes the object of my sick perverted dreams :whip: :whip: :wank:
     
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