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Fame, (Power, Fortune), And Paparazzi

Fame, (Power, Fortune), And Paparazzi

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Published by: priam gabriel d salidaga on Aug 12, 2009
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Fame, (Power, Fortune), and Paparazzi
ByPriam Gabriel D. SalidagaIf you have these three: fame, power, and fortune, you have the whole worldin your hand. Although, like a bargain “buy-two-take-one”, you only have towork for two to acquire the other one basically for free.Say, If you are a wealthy politician, it is easy for you to buy people to put youin the limelight and make you the most well-dressed, sexiest man in the planet. Inviting Mikey Arroyo to a dinner can earn you tip-offs from the manhimself.Or if you are a wealthy actor, you can run with less effort for presidency andwin. No need to say names, but you know who they are. The first one wonand was impeached; the other one won but was cheated (Hello, Garci?).Or if you are an actor-politician, you can use your power and charisma toamass fortune. Some people know these actor-politicians who are involvedin jueteng payola and kidnapping.However, of the three, the most sought is fame. It is the most convenient portal to power and then to fortune. If power and fortune are the sash and thestaff, fame is the crown.That is why one can keep wondering why some celebrities are said to beafraid of fame? Turtles despising the water, they accuse media, ironicallythrough the televisions and entertainment papers, of “invasion” of their  privacy and private parts. Thankfully, they are redeemed by the likes of Madame Auring and Mystika who voluntarily flaunt their souls in publicwithout being egged on.By the look on her youthful face, Madame Auring enjoys the attentionshowered on her by media, much so that she knows there are other SGs(Sugar Grandmas) so envious at her for being “swarmed” by younger men.And here is Mystika crying, cursing, and naming names at a certain singer-cum-starlet on national televisions for allegedly carting her boyfriend away.
 
“She’s a snake!” Mystika hissed in front of the public, synchronal with her famous (or infamous, however you see it) salivating “dance split”.In this humble republic of ours however, clashes between celebrities andreporters are not so rampant in compare with most of the countries in Europeand America, which encounters are more physical and brutal, resultingsometimes in tragedy. In the US, for instance, it is an emerging fad for acelebrity to show a dirty “f” sign in front of a camera when ambushed withinterviews and, or taken unwanted pictures.Celebrity and media clashes take place also in other parts of Asia from timeto time. The sensational European superstar Bjork, in one of her rare visits toAsia, once attacked an unsuspecting reporter like a fierce tiger inside aHongkong airport. And just recently, the highly revered Sir Elton John calleda Taiwanese reporter “ a rude, vile pig”.Both Bjork and Elton John justify their acts by using the “invasion of  privacy” alibi. But some surmise that it is not the primary reason at all.These super beings, purely egotistical, detest the fact that they do not getdirect financial perks from ambushed interviews and pictorials.At the height of the issue on the death of Princess Diana, a famous paparazziasked in acerbic tone: “ And what do these egotistical maniacs want us to be? Their lap dogs?”Celebrities cannot just flick their fingers at a reporter every time they want to be interviewed and taken pictures to promote their new films or to boost thesales of their new CDs, because that is not how business relationship works.Paparazzis need as a matter of survival to get unwanted pictures and detailsfrom celebrities to sell them to their editors at higher price. The moreshocking the pictures and news leads, the higher the cash worth they get. Thatis symbiotic, love-hate relationship. Ethics as a subjective idea, thus vagueand debatable, has no room in it.If a reporter is tired of chasing celebrities, he must retire, so is a celebritytired of hiding from media men. For both the media and the celebrities knowthat it is in their hating and loving that the public patronizes them.Fame, like fortune and power, cannot be a free lunch.

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