Celebrity—it sucks


While driving to Starbucks a few minutes ago I heard on the radio that Jeff Borris, Barry Bonds’ agent, has announced that his client officially will not be returning to baseball. This obviously wasn’t shocking news, but I figured—as one of the guy’s biographers—I’d write something about it here.

When I Googled Bonds, however, what I found was this—an article about his 19-year-old son Nikolai being arrested for assault. And then I thought, for the 100,00,000,000,000th time: Fame sucks. It truly does.

Yes, fame often equals money. And perks—first in line, free meals, cool trips. But there’s no possible way it’s worth it. Imagine being, say, George Clooney. Literally, you can’t walk 10 feet without someone bugging you. Can I have an autograph? You’re the best! I hated your Batman flick! It’s never ending, even if you want it to end. It. Never. Ever. Ever. Does. You are public property, with a no-returns policy strictly enforced.

I’m not condoning the alleged behavior of Nikolai Bonds—but whose business is this? And why does anyone care? A teenager throws a knob at his mom? Big deal? But because his dad was a very famous baseball player, the kid is sucked into this evil celebrity vortex that we created and continue to feed. If anything, I feel bad for the kid, his mom and even his (otherwise horrible) father. Some things are private, and deserve to remain so.

To be honest, that’s why I haven’t really touched Tiger Woods here. Hell, every day someone asks about it. Why haven’t I taken a stance? What do I think? Truthfully, I think very little. I don’t feel bad for Woods, who—in my book—now goes down as one of the country’s biggest anuses. But his poor wife; her poor family. The embarrassment must be unbearable. And yet, no one cares. It’s all just one long stream of juicy, joyful gossip for us to lather in.

Fame—don’t want it, don’t need it.

3 thoughts on “Celebrity—it sucks”

  1. that was funny how your like, “i wont give an opinion’ then “he’ll go down as one of the country’s biggest anus’s”…not that i dont agree….

    Tiger is not just like you and me either. I hate when people say that. “Oh it just shows Dave Letterman is human.” No your just showing me where your ethics lay.

  2. First time poster, big time fan. It’s ironic I say that because in this day and age, it seems like many of your kind (read: sports journalists) are trying to achieve celebrity themselves, or at least getting sucked into that vortex you speak of. A good example would be some of the stuff about guys like Jay Mariotti (http://deadspin.com/5311927/the-one-where-jay-mariotti-shows-off-his-formidable-lady+killing-technique) and Stuart Scott on Deadspin (a website, I imagine, you can’t be too fond of). Of course a distinction should be made between broadcast and print journalists, and good and bad ones. Anyway, call me naive, but I would like to think sports journalists are interested primarily in the sports they cover and the compelling stories that sometimes come with them…rather than the possible fame that can come with the profession.

    To get back to what you wrote, I agree. Fame does suck. It only hurts people while distracting others from the real important stuff in this world.

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