The Rise and Rise of the Monosyllabic Celebrity…

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The TOWIE cast

…as opposed to actually being talented at something

Once upon a time, I remember when to be famous, to be respected, to be a role model you used to have to have a semblance of talent. Talent can be all manner of things, from an innate desire to work incredibly hard or just a pure, unequivocal genius.

Today, however all you have to do is be prepared to make a fool of yourself. Whether that’s maxing-out credit cards in Chinawhites, sleeping with someone high profile and selling the story or by signing up to appear on one of the all-too-numerous, dull, reality TV shows that are currently doing the rounds.

The fact that these idiots have managed not only to worm their way on to our TV screens, but to be able in some way to catch the attention of young impressionable people is beyond me. What is also beyond me is how these buffoons manage to survive in everyday life.

Most of them revel in the fact that they are dull. Their angle is the dumb card. People don’t feel threatened by idiots, which is probably why they are so successful. When I say successful, I am aware that’s it’s a short window of opportunity and that they have to make hay whilst the sun shines. Or at least until someone with an even lower IQ or less self-esteem comes along.

Ask yourselves a question. Whilst laughing at some numbty on TV, who is more foolish? Those that are making some money out of the exchange or those that sacrifice their leisure time to tune in on a regular basis to be entertained?

I cannot help but think this is our fault. It has to be. To allow our children to watch this nonsense is akin to allowing them to play video games for hours on end. It is microwaving their developing minds and yet we gather around the TV on an almost daily basis and consciously allow this drivel to seep in.

The head of programming at certain media stations should be tried for crimes against the state, in my opinion. They are fundamentally neglecting their responsibility to educate the youth of today.

Anyone who has tuned in to my Twitter feed will understand the utter contempt that I have towards this sort of celebrity. It’s well documented. Sometimes when you sit back and observe “celebrity culture” you have got to ask yourself, “Who is the joke on?”

 

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Kearnsy
Kearnsy

Agree pretty much with what you said Joey, and i'll add that all this 24hr trash tv is all about political manipulation of the mind

 

Without going into one too much, it boils down to the 'powers that be' don't want the ordinary folk to be clever, they want us all to remain stupid so they can get on with their agenda of staying in control and running the show

 

You all know what i'm on about don't ya?

 

Have you ever seen any of George Carlin's stuff Joey?

 

He's a political comedian and he talks about this kind of stuff, if you like Bill Hicks or you've got a dark sense of humour you should like George Carlin Get on him...

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acLW1vFO-2Q

BrunoCompassi
BrunoCompassi

If people stop watching those ridiculous show maybe just maybe they would go away but yes its painful to watch those 

Keyr
Keyr

Bit late on here but British and Irish culture is quickly turning to who has what and who can see me, particularly English culture.

 

Programmes like Geordie Shore, Tallafornia and even soaps like Coronation Street etc are seriously devaluing the power of television. From 7 in the evening you have mainstream tv showing us families broken up by affairs. Sure it happens but on the scale the soaps show us, what a negative view of relationships and family.

 

We all know about those reality shows but even in football, Sky Sports. They have Geoff Shreeves who interviews people straight away at half time or full time hoping to catch someone out, it's distasteful and is not part of a society that is positive or really has anything to offer. 

 

I don't really agree with the funding side of it, people complain the BBC is costing the taxpayer but look at the amazing documentaries they make. It's more than just TV, papers have really a lot to answer for, they as we have seen have manipulated stars, TV, sport and thrown us a completely altered view. I think it's fair to say we've reached American standards or worse in terms of celebrity culture.

merseutd
merseutd

Hi first time on this forum could not find any forum rules or anything so forgive me if I do the wrong thing. Anyway from my point of view the rise of reality TV 'Celeb Culture' was caused in some way by the following:

 

1) People don't know their next door neighbours/community as much as they used to. Rather than have a gossip over the fence to Gladys about 'her at number 42' you can just talk about the TOWIE/MIC crowd or what happened in the Big Brother house. It has stopped us talking to the people who live close to us. This is not to say that all we used to do is gossip but this type of programming and more to the point the magazines satisfy a certain need these days.

Actually had a street party for the Jubilee and met my new neighbours  - they are all a lovely bunch of interesting people.

 

2) TV funding - it is far cheaper to come up with a reality concept than to invest in real drama/comedy programming with real actors/comedians or trained professionals. Simple as...

(But good to see the BBC has load of new drama stuff out this autumn)

 

3) TV changed to creating programming that is more shallow but powered by user generated content. In other words to get the product out there is cheaper than it used to be because the general public via Facebook/Twitter or whatever are talking about these programs.

This helps the TV companies sell their products to potential advertisers. I imagine some of the content in this forum would probably be picked up on a search engine at some point if you typed in Big Brother!!!

The conversation to the advertisers used to be solely about how many viewers a program had and maybe the age group. Now they can talk about user interaction, how many likes they have, they can even tell their advertisers about what else the viewer 'likes', years ago this would have only been achieved by costly commissioned TV audience research now you just check out Facebook!! The TV people match their product to the needs of the advertiser be it, soft drinks, clothes, fabric conditioner etc etc they can make it work for the advertiser as the program has no morals and bends over backwards to the word of the advertiser.

 

We are talking about programs that get viewing figures of less than 1 million and look at the impact through the audience talking about it. 18 million people used to watch Bullseye but we never talked about that half as much!!

 

Some kids might look up to these 'stars' but other kids will look up to real stars that can have as much impact. As Mo Farah put it "It's just hard work and grafting" and there are parents out there that care about what their kids watch and they will make sure they take the sublime over the ridiculous. Just recently become a father myself and i have a passion to educate my son in everything from the arts to ancient history to classic comedians who have long since past.....hopefully he will see reality TV for what it is.

 

 

PartsUnknown2010
PartsUnknown2010

Sorry to take this off on a tangent (sort off) but...

You may have grown up with the gift of imagination but clearly all that dreaming has made you forget about the gifts of spelling and grammar. You went to University so is it not reasonable to write "to" instead of "2" or "for" instead of "4"?

 In relation to the current topic, this attitiude towards the English language is all too commonplace amongst the monosyllabic celebrity and its followers, its helping to nurture a generation of semi-literate who dont even know the difference bewtween "to" and "too" so instead write "2". Sorry nothing personal but it really gets my goat when someone substitutes a number for a word when not in a rap song title.

In hindsight, your first language may not be English but I've written this out now.

Sorry.

 

 

Lilacyoda
Lilacyoda

Growing up the gift of imagination dreaming Through the influence of books music helped 2 broaden the mind. B in energised by my dads music of Dillon Lennon Harrison McCartney help 2 strive 2 grow in a positive influence. Strive 2 work hard & further b successful not just economically but the feeling of contentment. University helped me 2 think 4 myself & not 2 b brainwashed by media properganda. They enjoy the fact that society is get in less intelligent & don't have ambitions of the intellect. It's so refreshing 2 hear some 1 go against the stereotypes of a footballer. U have a very powerful mind & a great way off express in it. Keep it up.

huge
huge

Its no suprise really that alot of the young people in britain these days are looking up to this 'celebrity lifestyle' and aspiring to live the life that they live on shows like towie etc. I think we do need to accept the fact that some people dont have the need to have there minds challenged and dont have any interest in watching programs that they can actually learn something usefull from. It is easy viewing for the un-inspired to watch these shows like towie, but that is their choice.I think more and more people are lowering their standards to try and have a slice of this celeb culture because they see having there mug on the TV or in a paper as a form of success. I feel it is portrayed in alot of circles that having the stigma of "celebrity" will place you higher up on the social ladder than an average person.I think the modern day media have alot to play in this aswell, its abit concerning that these celebs are being made out as an 'idol' or a 'role model' which contributes to more people wanting in on the act, more shows being made an ultimately more mony earned for the tv company. The last two weeks iv herd a few time that the papers should be filled with stories promoting the olympic athletes as our new 'heroes' and 'role models' rather than the monosyllabic celebrity. It all seems very well, but give it a day or two and im sure all the stories in the papers will be articles on whoever jordan is now shagging or which nightclub these clows blew there money in on the weekend. But people part with there cash to indorse it.Whatever it is they want, I hope its worth what they lose in order to see there face in the gossip colums. But that aint for me

Sometimes when you sit back and observe “celebrity culture” you have got to ask yourself, “Who is the joke on?” - Nicely put Joey

ClaireLloyd
ClaireLloyd

I understand your view, however I would imagine that people can make up their own minds as to what inspires them..may it be a the shallowness of reality TV, the teachings of the great philosophers or the acts of a violent criminal footballer. I would have enjoyed this article more if it had given a bit more of an objective view, as it is actually quite well written but your anger at certain "monosyllabic celebrities" does cloud the well-roundedness of the article. People, in this day and age, can watch anything which they choose, so much is widely available at the click of a button. However if it wasn't watched  it wouldn't be made..is this not sociocultural evolution instead?? 

DrNakano
DrNakano

That's not to say I don't agree with your article though, which I felt concise, to the point and bitingly well written. Nice to see someone in the public eye taking a real stand against this circus...

DrNakano
DrNakano

The fame game is inherently fickle and shallow, and monosyllabic fame, as others have pointed out, is nothing new. For an obvious example, see Joseph Merrick (aka the elephant man) in Victorian England. The poor man was a sideshow his whole life for idiotic audiences wishing to feel superior/pitying... (remind you of anything????)

 

It's a 'it was better in my day' nostalgia-fallacy to say things were better in the past... if anything they were more brutal and worse...

Trisprint
Trisprint

Do you not think some of your fellow footballers fall into this category Joey? Some have a modicum of footballing talent, fail to work hard to improve their skills, but revel in the 'celebrity' lifestyle?

Cool_hand_luke
Cool_hand_luke

I haven't had a telly for years, preferring to watch films instead. Sometimes i do end up at someones house spending the night in front of the TV and in 9 out of 10 cases it feels like someone has attached a hoover to my ear and is sucking my brain out. Granted there is still good stuff on, sports of course, documentaries and the like, but for the most part what is labeled as entertainment is mindless drivel, the same applies to modern music. We are being force fed mediocrity on a grand scale.

BillyRo9
BillyRo9

As a 16 year old, just have left school its obvious these shows are more impreseionable on my age group. Especially thinking they can all live the 'Geordie Shore lifestyle' extremely pretentious to be honest. The thing thats most annoying about it though is the fact they don't realise, no matter how much the TV stress its 'reality' no-one trying to, what they think is entertaining, acts as their usual self... The directors of TOWIE needs to make their mind up aswell, Is the 'The only way' Essex or Marbella? P.S alot harder to agree with you being a die hard Sunderland fan ;)

lukecowham
lukecowham

These 'celebrities' earn a few quid for a couple of years and eventually disappear off the face of Croydon. I don't begrudge them, even though I don't watch their shows. As someone who works hard, I know I have a career that will last many of years, these people have nothing to fall back on once their 5 minutes of fame is up.

mildo1976
mildo1976

to quote someone from 1977 who is anything but monosyllabic:

 

"Who's the more foolish...the fool or the fool who follows him?"

silvercue
silvercue

I don't watch TV, except football and the news sometimes.  I hate what the British media put forward to the brainless masses to idolise.  I just watch films instead or go out and enjoy the world.

malkk1
malkk1

People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they’re not on your road doesn’t mean they’ve gotten lost. – Dalai Lama

Joey B
Joey B

Great to see people interacting on here. The monosyllabic celeb topic has been discussed and re-discussed numerous times in my household over the last few months.

toptop
toptop

Programs such as towie, the hills, Geordie shore etc like you have described are nothing more than cud for unstimulated minds to chew. The saddest part is that modern Britain has always pushed all classes and races to become better educated, however within the last 20 years (in my opinion) education has become a dirty word with many, who grow up expecting fast money and many not understanding that only hard work, talent and a good deal of fortune get you what you want in life. The impact upon our society as a whole has been dramatic with promotion of an ignorance and blinkered approach to life being key to staying popular, included, liked and accepted by your peers (who all live in fear of the social stigma of being different). The truth is every person in the photo above knows deep down in the middle of the night that they are cheating a living out of life whilst others struggle. Hats off to you Joey for saying what the silent majority feel, people loathe this utter rubbish and breaking the pre concepted opinion of footballers is great!

QPR are a club who have had a chequered past and are rough round the edges with a maverick approach to life and football to be honest you seem a good match for each other.

Good luck with fitness and getting the ban served.

Life long QPR fan

__KatieBanks
__KatieBanks

Never watched one of them towie things... If you can't play football or sing beautifully you have no talent!

PepeLemonSugar
PepeLemonSugar

I've been saying this since I first saw TOWIE, Geordie Shore and all the other shows I refuse to watch because they are centered around some of the stupidest untalented people ever to grace Television. It all started from the likes of Jordan getting fame for practically nothing, then MTV, ITV2, e4 and the likes seem to specialize in making a 'celebrity' out of nobody. Totally winds me up pal so understand your frustration, at least you are famous yourself and you've got enough of a voice to speak out against these. Every time I speak out I get accused of being Well Jel? I like your opinions I am a big football fan but I am not affiliated to any particular club despite being a huge Chelsea fan when I was younger, being a neutral it has allowed me to assess football fans from an unbiased perspective, and from what I see all your 'haterz' and twitter trolls are just jumping on a pathetic bandwagon, their views are often just to support their ridiculous loyalties as they cannot seem to remove their club tinted spectacles. Although some of your antics aren't always something to be proud of I genuinely just think every fan wants a player like you in their team and that is why they are full of animosity. Keep tweeting and keep posting blogs, I'll be visiting this site more often. 

RobPeters_14
RobPeters_14

You're never going to change the people who watch and take part in these kinds of shows, in work you can't get away from it all the girls will be speaking about it and some lads too which I find disturbing (especially during the football season when Match of the Day 2 is on at the same time). However this is a part of our culture today, it sickens me knowing that a lot of us would kill to just not worry about bills, paying for clothes and putting food on the table for our children but these "things" get the chance to live life to the full simply because they're self obsessed and full of themselves. There is a lot of people especially us lot commenting on here who have more brain capacity than to put up with this nonsense but sadly these shows will be around for a long time to come until people get bored, what's worse is people like Amy Childs and Mark Wright making more shows off the back of their "success" in TOWIE whereas we'll have scientists and other "real" people performing brilliant feats each day and people will go "who are they?"

kevinfisher33
kevinfisher33

People watch this drivel.  It makes them feel superior.  Ha Ha they think.  Look at these idiots and their stupid lives.  What they dont realise is that they are the idiots.  Giving this crap the time of day means the "reality" TV shows will just keep coming.  The fact that we are discussing them on a forum means we have all been infected by this shite.

TomBates
TomBates

These sort of shows started in America ' The Hills ' and due to their success began to take off here. I think if the shows producers admitted how fake the so called reality of it is you could just take it as entertainment. The fact they pretend its real or managed reality is dangerous as it concvinces people this is how you can live your life. When they appear on talk shows, game shows etc, they are usually very boring or trying to maintain the dumb essex persona which made them successful.

Gavin Harrison
Gavin Harrison

Have plastic surgery, take advantage of a drunken footballer and star on a "reality" tv show and you too can be (in)famous.

Will_01
Will_01

modern television is a pollution of the brain.

Waynw_Coogy
Waynw_Coogy

After reading this blog I must totally agree with you 100%. These programmes warp peoples minds into believing the way these total bone heads act is the way we should all be. Consequently, people who watch this look down there noses at people who oppose these acts of what can only be described as an embarrassment to the UK culture. Do we want to all be known as air heads who will like you say make fools of themselves just be in the news for 2 minutes. If these programmes must be shown, my opinion is to put them on after hours, that way it will stop the youth of today clinging on to this totally wrong way of life and let the idiots who map there lives to these programmes crack on. I mean, how can socialising with your friends be socialing when they're talking about this nonsense rather than doing something active or talking about something productive. I must admit, my opinion of yourself has massively changed fair play on the website. Keep the blogs coming. W Coogan.

TomBates
TomBates

I have never watched Geordie Shore though I live in the North East so have heard a lot about it, I have seen adverts for it and I don't think it represents people in the North East at all, not only do most locals not speak like that but the majority are down to earth, not airheads or show offs with ridiculous fake tans. I have seen some of 'Towie' and it does make me want to kill myself! It gives the impression that who you are is totally about your looks, nothing else matters, a terrible lesson for kids and teens though I fear that it may well be the case before long. Some people might say its only a bit of fun but I think they're getting too much air time.

JoshHargreavesbetty
JoshHargreavesbetty

thank the lord someone shares my opinion on this matter, why should it be 'cool' to be a slapper or to have the mental capacity of a primary school child. its unacceptable. children younger than 12 watch programs like this, and what type of example does it set. now i know you aren't exactly the greatest of role models, but atleast you promote standing up for your own beliefs!

Sloughbhoy
Sloughbhoy

I'll only comment on your feud with the TOWIE gang back in late last year. You were completeley right about every single member of that cast, all of them thick and fame obsessed people but my main problem with this show and most shows that are on television nowadays is that I think it is all just fascism. This is because if you are not glamerous, thick, fame obsessed, rich then you never stand a chance of getting on that show. For someone stupid enough from Essex to aim to be on that show I do worry as it means there whole life will change in a bad way, they'll get to hyped up in the "supposed" celebrity scene and we have already seen on Lucy Mecklenburgh's twitter that she thinks her relationship is the new posh and Becks??? Give me strength. This is exactly the same with Big Brother. You've got to alter your personality in order to gain a place on the show. There is nothing worse in my opinion. These people will get laughed at in a few years time.

badwolf
badwolf

As said before we have too much of a dependance almost of this celebrity culture, but it seems you no longer need to have any talent to have the tag of "celebrity" it's either starring on pointless shows like Towie or geordie shore, or sleeping with some high profile person.I think we are far too obsessed with this, and should be concentrating on encouraging people out to work or studying hard to get a decent job, instaed of 16 year old spolt brats on TV how about 16 years olds who get off their backsides and do something, rather than thinking the way is to get hair extensions, bigger breasts and the skin colour of an old mans scrotum.

PatrickBateman
PatrickBateman

Popular culture has been dumbed down in order to allow the neoliberal elite to get away with their larceny. Panem et circenses.

Lilacyoda
Lilacyoda

@PartsUnknown2010 1 last point English is my 1st language the environments I grew up in bermondsey

Cool_hand_luke
Cool_hand_luke

 @PartsUnknown2010 My thoughts entirely, there's absolutely no need for it now that you no longer need to compress messages into 1 sms. It may be easier to type but its way harder to read and to expect someone reading to have to decipher a message that you cannot be bothered typing properly is inconsiderate!

malkk1
malkk1

@Cool_hand_luke How do you watch films without a Telly ?

Joey B
Joey B

 @lukecowham and once they have sold their soul I suppose it is tough for them to get a normal job! Cant see a sensible business owner taking on one of those guys except for raw entertainment purposes!

Joey B
Joey B

 @mildo1976 "A wise man once told me to not argue with fools, because people from a distance cannot tell who is who"

Joey B
Joey B

 @Sloughbhoy if they are happy then fairplay to them I say. But on the other hand if their happiness is put on once the cameras start rolling, then this to me is wrong. They shouldn't be held up as role models, I mean not many people should (Me included). In our society I feel we sell this fantasy of perfection and that money and fame will be the answer to everyones problems. The reality of the situation is different in my opinion/experience, those same celebs posing in the blissful, palatial surroundings in OK magazine, are as f**ked up as anyone. They are actually way more f**ked up usually in my experience. To hold these people up as role models to our children is insane. These people aren't setting the correct example by getting bladdered in Chinawhites or whatever new s**it hole all the "celebs" are currently frequenting, then sleeping with someone famous and selling the story. Although, we are likely to see less of this now with the loss of the NOTW. Anyway, the role models in society I believe, should be the parents. Thats why I am working so hard to understand my issues. I need to set a better example to my son. As a parent, I cringe at what I see on TV sometimes. I think  to myself, what message is this sending? What are we telling the young? We surely should be encouraging them to work hard. 

Lilacyoda
Lilacyoda

@Cool_hand_luke @PartsUnknown2010 I am dislexic dude. I live in the realms of my existence. My expressions my thoughts. I am human & make mistakes. Typing on an iPhone on a train in prime time ain't easy. Appreciate your comment though. Trouble with the world people look at others faults rather than there own. When u point dude 1 finger points outwards the others point at u. Live 4 love bruv. Life is short. Sorry 4 the offence. Just me that's all

lukecowham
lukecowham

@Joey B @lukecowham Exactly right. Their CV will show 2/3 years of 'Partying in Marbella & opening stores such as Wilkinson's in Basildon'. The employer will take one look, screw up the CV and probably kick it into the bin. They all end up putting whatever they earn into a business venture (a shop), but once they're celebrity dwindles, so does their business.

Will_01
Will_01

 @Joey B thanks for the reply,good website,interesting stuff

Lilacyoda
Lilacyoda

@Cool_hand_luke @PartsUnknown2010 One love bruv.

Cool_hand_luke
Cool_hand_luke

 @lukecowham  @Joey Ive always wondered about what fallen celebs do for work as well, its not like they can serve customers at Tesco.

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