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Showbiz Cruising: Tom And Katie And Their Celestial Baby

April 20, 2006
Grumpy Old Indian Man

There can be no more profoundly convincing argument for the indefatigability of the ol skool polytheistic vibe than contemporary celebrity worship.

People love micro-devotions, local shrines, tales of hi jinx, scandalous behavior and lessons learned from favorite deities. The pleasure only increases when trading your collection with fellow devotees. It's the pleasure of gossip with no local victims. Celebrities are so vastly overcompensated for the scrutiny — it's like low-fat schadenfreude — the guilt calories simply melt away.

While the Abrahamic monotheists wreak Huntington political havoc worldwide — everyone (who cares to) can get on board the insanity of closeted Tom Cruise and brain-washed Katie Holmes faking a pregnancy so their secret Scientology grown pod-baby can be silently birthed on Olympus.

I can't think of a contemporary anxiety that isn't somewhere embedded in the Tale of Team Tom-Kat — united in the current parlance like many a Radha-Krishna before them.

May the gods bless little Suri Holmes-Cruise and long may she reign as the queen of all heavens.

Or at least until Brangelina give birth to their Namibian Lion God.

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Showbiz Cruising: Tom And Katie And Their Celestial Baby

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#1
nandhu
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April 20, 2006
05:06 PM

ya, we indeed are too obsessed with celebrity life. nothing ever puts us off.

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grumpy
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April 20, 2006
05:12 PM

I wonder if this kind of dramatic celebrity - ridden information is like sugary foods ... we are better off without it ... in our 'natural state' it would be a rare occurrence - but given an opportunity: higher primates just gorge and gorge on sweet foods ... or drama ...

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Karishma
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April 21, 2006
06:25 AM

Celebrities are demi-Gods in any country. In India they even have temples built in the neames of some stars. Does the media fuel this obsession or is it an underlying need to worship a tangible human being ?

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Karishma
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April 21, 2006
06:25 AM

Celebrities are demi-Gods in any country. In India they even have temples built in the names of some film stars like Bacchan, Rajnikant...

Does the media fuel this obsession or is it an underlying need to worship a tangible human being ?

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grumpy
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April 21, 2006
06:33 AM

The Rekha temples were the best ones ... when asked to comment on her literal goddess status she always fluttered those impossibly long lashes and just coquettishly said (with impossibly rolled Rs)
'Rrrreally, No!" ....

Perhaps the hierarchy of primate societies does indeed lend us a tendency to fawn and worship ... while rather tawdry in its way the celbrity adoration seems fairly benign version to me ...

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