“A sign of celebrity is that his name is often worth more than his services”.
(Daniel J. Boorstin)
FOR anyone who follows me on twitter you’ll know that I often take the piss out of Celebs…
PIERCE MORGAN’S AGENT: Piercy, you’ve been offered a…
PIERCE MORGAN: Stop right there Sue! Does my dressing room come equipped with a big chocolate ME I can suck on?
However, this has always been done with my tongue in my cheek, for if experience has taught me anything, it is to take people as you find them, because one day that person may turn out to be your boss!
However…last Tuesday, enough became enough.
Like most tweeters I had noticed @joey7barton was having an online spat with the cast of THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX (if cast is what you’d call it?). I couldn’t help notice that these ‘Reality Stars’ had more twitter followers than those of some
Hollywood legends, even rock stars, football players…Kenny Dalglish himself! In other words, they had more fans than people with ‘Talent’, even ‘Genius’.
Now I know it’s partly because they hawk fame, seek it, unlike those who are famous as a consequence of talent. I also know that to millions of teenagers, twitter is nothing more than a massive ‘youth club’. You’ve only got to look at the trending section during weekends and school holidays when it resembles a girl-scout sleepover. Justin Beiber this, JLS that, Jonas Brothers are my ENTIRE World. Blah, Blah, Blah…
So, we can safely assume that these reality ‘stars’ have lots of ‘younger’ fans. But this doesn’t help ease my concerns. In fact, it only served to exacerbate them.
“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently”.
The Joey Barton v TOWIE showdown came to my attention on the very same day that ITV announced it’s next star studded line up for “I’m not a celebrity get me in there!” Sorry, of course I mean I’M A CELEBRITY GET ME OUT OF HERE! As if this wasn’t enough, images began to surface online that very day of the Desperate Cast Of Scousewives. (Sorry I’ve done it again), I mean ‘The Cast Of DESPERATE SCOUSEWIVES’. This, combined with channel 5’s perpetual loop of BIG BROTHER and the Frankie Cock-oozer X-FACTOR fiasco, not to mention ex-football managers ex-girlfriends dancing the Tango. Well, simply put…I flipped!
The American Comedian Fred Allen, an old vaudeville, Broadway and radio star from the 20’s, 30’s and 40’s, often censored for his views, once said the following…
“A celebrity is a person who works hard all of their life to become well known, and then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized”.
This would be funny if it were true. Of course many celebrities these days DO wear dark glasses, but how many do you know worked hard all of their life?
Fred existed during the golden age of Show business, when artists, singers, actors and comedians traveled from theatre to social club to run down bar and village fête just to earn their stripes as a pro. It’s little wonder then, that this quote now seems so out of date.
You can’t blame the wannabes of course (well you can if you wish). Andy Warhol said we’d ALL have 15 minutes of fame. Fame brings a curiosity to most of us no doubt. I don’t really have an issue with people wanting to be famous; I have an issue with the ‘Fame Makers’ themselves. The Media/Music moguls of this World who have saturated television and written press with an artificial place that millions want to go to, but only few can enter and then only at their rules. I have an issue with 9year-old girls (who should be at school) crying live on stage in front of millions because they think their world has ended. I have an issue with morbidly obese kids being dressed up like a camp Christmas pudding for the amusement of a nation. I have an issue with people with learning difficulties and delusions of grandeur being paraded for our weekend entertainment. I have an issue with fat cat multi millionaires literally turning the practice of ‘Schadenfreude’ (pleasure derived from a misfortune of others) into a television format, purely to expand their off-shore accounts.
“I’d rather take 1% of 100 peoples efforts than 100% of my own”.
(John D. Rockefeller)
Right now, there are people in Liverpool who are promising a bunch of ladies instant fame and fortune. These ladies names will adorn special guest lists in the city, probably for the next 5 years. They’ll be making their presence known in the V.I.P. booths of the News Bar, the executive boxes at Aintree and the opening of a Liverpool envelope; and all they have to do to gain such privilege, is be exploited on a show called DESPERATE SCOUSEWIVES. Yes, you heard correctly, ‘Desperate’. You’d think the title alone might reveal what’s really thought of them.
I’m willing to bet that these ‘fame makers’ have carefully selected the girls with the strongest accents, deepest fake tans and lowest academic achievements. (I might be wrong and sincerely hope I am), but now all these girls need do, is paint a great and proud city in two dimensional shocking pink and in the process tar all Liverpudlians with the same mascara brush and all their dreams will come true. It doesn’t matter that the City Of Liverpool has worked hard for the past three decades to cancel out prejudice, bigotry, detriment and narrow mindedness, just so long as these ‘Fame Makers’ can make a few quid they’ll drag it back down into the damming opinions of yesteryear.
“Celebrity is death – celebrity – that’s the worst thing that can happen to an actor”.
My reasons for concern are also personal of course. I am an actor after all. I’m in the business of drama. To pay my mortgage I perform in Films and Television shows and occasionally on the stage. In order to protect myself from times of unemployment, I also WRITE for actors too. My job as an actor is to live truthfully under the given ‘imaginary’ circumstances provided by the writer. My job as a writer is to provide such ‘imaginary’ circumstances. So when a NON-scripted, NON-acted, reality television show comes along, without any ‘imaginary’ circumstances whatsoever, my very livelihood is threatened.
It could be forgiven, even tolerated if it was just a Television ‘Show’…but it’s gone way beyond that now. This is an entire new ‘format’.
“Oh…typical actor having a moan” I hear some say. “It’s only one or two shows, there’s room for everything!” some cry.
Well allow me to list just a ‘couple’…
Big Brother – Fame Academy – Dating In The Dark – Britain’s Got Talent – Shipwrecked – Love Island – The Apprentice – Britain and Ireland’s Next Top Model – Hell’s Kitchen – Pop Idol – Pop Stars – Coach Trip – Pineapple Dance Studios – Castaway – The Farm – Farmer Wants A Wife – Signed By Katie Price – The Only Way Is Essex – Made In Chelsea – My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding – Geordie Shore – Make Me A Supermodel – The Living Soap – Paris Hilton’s British Best Friend – The Match – Wife Swap – Fake It – Plain Jayne – Ladette To Lady – Club Reps – Ibiza Uncovered – Beauty And The Geek – Dance X – So You Think You Can Dance – Airport – Who Wants To Marry A Millionaire – The Bachelor – The Bachelorette – Temptation Island – Extreme Dating – Joe Millionaire – Date My Mom – Fit Club – The Biggest Loser – Rich Girls – The Surreal Life – Model Behavior – Last Comic Standing – Search For A Superstar – Project Runway – Hit Me Baby One More Time – Strictly Dance Fever – The Voice – Don’t Stop Believing – Who Wants To Marry My Dad? – Four Weddings…
Blah, Blah, Blah…
And this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you don’t believe me, visit this WIKI page…
“The celebrity is a person who is known for his well-knownness”.
(Daniel J. Boorstin)
So, you’ve appeared on one the above ‘Reality’ shows and suddenly, overnight you’re a ‘Star’, but here’s the thing…you’re not ‘actually’ any good at anything! You are (as DJ Boorstin said) well known just for being well known. What do you do? You can’t act, you can’t sing. How do you remain in the public eye?…The answer is simple; you appear on a ‘Celebrity’ reality show of course!
Here’s just ‘one or two’ of those…
Celebrity Big Brother – Dancing On Ice –– Celebrity Love Island – I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here – Celebrity Cash In The Attack – Celebrity Antiques Road show – Celebrity Apprentice – Celebrity Coach Trip – Celebrity Come Dine With Me – Pop Star To Opera Star – Celebrity Extreme Detox – Celebrity Fit Club – Celebrity Wife Swap – Celebrity Five Go To… -Chantelle’s Dream Dates – Dancing With The Stars – Strictly Come Dancing – Celebrity Masterchef -Britain’s Worst Celebrity Drivers – Skating With Celebrities – Celebrity Stars In Their Eyes – Soapstar Superstar – Katie And Peter – Katie (What I Did Next) – Pete’s PA – Peter Andre (Going It Alone) – Peter Andre (The Next Chapter) – Celebrity Four Wedding…
Blah, Blah, Blah…
I’m not saying for one moment that only reality stars appear on such shows, because that is not the case. But you know what I mean!
They’re even praying on the children now…
Junior Apprentice – Junior Master Baker – Junior Masterchef – Junior Mastermind…
A school teacher told me recently, that when she asked her young class what they wanted to be when they left school, not one single boy or girl replied ‘Fireman’ or ‘Doctor’, ‘Archeologist’ or even ‘Astronaut’. All they wanted in their young lives was to be ‘Famous’…end of! As if ‘Famous’ was a job title.
Of the dramas that ‘have’ managed to find a precious schedule slot amongst all of the dross, it’s of little coincidence that the most watched of them all is a drama called “GLEE”. A show set in a ‘Fame’ School, that centres around kids hunger and thirst for recognition.
“Youth itself is a talent, a perishable talent”.
Then we have the ‘already’ rich and famous, and some might even argue ‘Talented’, who not content with earning Millions from Royalties (or Daddy’s trust fund), feel the need to have a camera crew watch them take a shit. After all, what’s the point of being rich if you’re not famous? What is the point of being worth a Billion Dollars if people don’t know who you are?…Hey Tamara Ecclestone!?
Shows such as…
The Simple Life – The Surreal Life – The Osbournes – The Hasslehoffs – Tamara Ecclestone Billion $$ Girl – Hogan Knows Best – Nick And Jessica – Tommy Lee Goes To College – Newlyweds – Keeping Up With The Kardashians…
Blah, Blah, Blah…
Judging by this quote, it’s all some Brummies fault?!…
“I want it to be remembered that Ozzy was the first celebrity who was brave enough to open up his private life to the public. He was the first”.
Yeah, THANKS OZZY…thanks a bunch!
Even West End impresarios have now jumped on the Band Wagon. Cleverly cashing inon the World’s Obsession with finding fame by televising their very audition process’sfor established West End Shows.
Any Dream Will Do – How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? – Over The Rainbow – Grease Is The Word – I’ll Do Anything … (Yeah I bet you would Love!)
Not only do they find their star performer, but (as in the case of Over The Rainbow) sell £5m worth of advance tickets into the bargain. Well you ‘would’ wouldn’t you!
“Celebrity distorts democracy by giving the rich, beautiful, and famous more authority than they deserve”.
And here’s another thing…
Can somebody please tell me ‘why’ an underpaid NHS nurse, sat in the hot seat trying to make all her family’s dreams come true by winning a fortune on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” is any LESS watchable than seeing an already rich and jumped up Celeb trying to help his or her favourite charity whilst all the while plugging their new book or brand? Don’t get me wrong, it’s very nice that these Celebs give to charity, (some give an awful lot and some might argue its all Celebrity is good for), but must there be such give and take? We know you’re helping yourself in the process. If you want to help a charity, do it behind closed doors. Don’t take a film crew to The Sudan because you have a Christmas DVD.
And it’s not just ‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’. They’ve ruined all of the old great Quiz Shows. What the f*ck was wrong with Family Fortunes? Why do we need the word ‘Celebrity’ in front of it? I’d much rather see the Patels from Leeds play the Smiths from Hull than Edwina Curry’s brood take on Anne Widdecombe’s clan.
Celebrity Mr and Mrs – Celebrity Egg Heads – Celebrity Weakest Link – Celebrity Mastermind – Celebrity Wipeout –
Blah, Blah, Blah…
What is WRONG with ordinary people? Are they THAT boring? Not worthy of exposure? Do they smell?
Sir Jimmy Saville died last week (god bless his soul), could you imagine what his flagship show would be like nowadays?…
“CELEBRITY JIM’LL FIX IT”
DEAR JIM, could you please fix it for me to spend June on a super yacht off the coast
of St Tropez in the company of Megan Fox, Scarlet Johansson and Angelina
Jolie…yours creepily Calum Best. (PS: That’s C.a.l.u.m. You might know me as
“Celebrity damages private life”.
And then of course, if you’re going to have all of these hundreds of shows, then they’re going to need a platform on which to be discussed?! Lets call them… “Magazine Shows”.
You know the type. Shows that are basically a cheap tabloid newspaper brought to us in Tele-Visual form. The type of shows where journalists from these said cheap tabloid newspapers get to practice what they preach, become what they write about…in other words, make themselves (yes you guessed it) ‘Celebrities’. I won’t name names but you know the people I mean, they sit on bright pastel coloured sofa’s and chew the fat about…
“Who’s fu*king who?”
“Who’s bullying who in the X-Factor House”
“Who has a secret drug addiction”
“Who has a secret love child”
“Who’s in the closet”
“Who’s got who’s name tattooed on their arse”
Blah, Blah, Blah…
When surely the question should be, “Who really GIVES a flying f*ck?!”
These outlets do nothing but fan flames. Make us feel abnormal for ‘not’ watching such shit. And it’s always the same names they talk about with gusto, as if they we’re as interesting as Einstein.
Lembit Opik – The Cheeky Girls – Tara Palmer-Tomkinson – Neil and Christine Hamilton – Joe Pasquale – Janet Street Porter – David Van Day – Kim Woodburn – Timmy Mallet – Gillian McKeith – Edwina Curry – Anne Widdecombe – Christopher Biggins -Dean Gaffney – Melinda Messenger – Tamara Beckwith – Sophie Anderton – Jennie Bond – Darren Day – Wayne Sleep – Jordan – Peter Andre – Calum Best – Sinita – Nancy Del O’lio – Ulrika Johnson – Jason Donovan – Uri Geller – Louis Spence and Kerry f*cking Katona…
I mean really?! Are our lives lacking THAT much that we have to substitute what we don’t have by following the every move of those that do?…And if so, do ‘these’ people have what we don’t? Are we THAT bored with life? Open the fridge and stare at a yoghurt, that’s got more life in it!
“And I think that if I were a for real celebrity that was recognizable everywhere, I’d just crawl under a rock and you know, have someone run over the rock with a car, or something”.
Then of course we have our World-renowned RED TOP press. During the six months that the X-Factor dominates British Weekend television (five months too much) hardly a single day goes by when the front page’s of ‘The Star’, ‘The S*n’ or even ‘The Daily Mirror’ aren’t adorned with X-Factor gossip…
“Misha Bullied This”
“Frankie Snorted That”
“Tulisa fought with Her…”
“Simon’s mad at Him…”
“Louis’ dyed his hair…”
Blah, Blah, Blah…
And the Sundays might even run a 6 page spread.
Because it sells papers; because (scarily) this is what the people want! People tune in to this shit in their millions. Britain’s biggest selling paper is The S*n for f*ck’s sake. The gossip magazines that form a guard of honour at the checkout queues are full of titillation…
Bella – Heat – Red – Glamour – Ok – Gratzia – Closer – Star – Look – More – Zest
Blah, Blah, Blah…
“I’m kind of ashamed to be a celebrity. I don’t understand wanting to read about other people’s dirty laundry. I think celebrity is the biggest red herring society has ever pulled on itself”.
Some magazines sign up exclusivity deals with these ‘Stars’. It seems there isn’t a single copy of OK Magazine that doesn’t feature Katie Price (or Jordan, depending on what personality gets out of bed). It makes you wonder why they don’t just call it ‘Katie’, sell more copies off the back of her struggles with her children’s disabilities or her inability to provide them with a father figure.
Even years after some Celeb’s have died, these magazines will still exploit their names. I’m thinking of the recent (and shocking) headline:
Psychic Sally, “My conversation with Jade Goody from the other side”.
And don’t even get me started on Sally Morgan and her employers, exploiting the mourning and the vulnerable for cash. It seems this fraud, alongside the Andre’s, Katona’s and Price’s of this World have monopolized entire TV channels, Living TV – ITV2 etc etc
And talking of Jordan and Katona…That reminds me, why is the Porn industry packed to the rafters with young and desperate girls? They travel to California by the thousands, some barely legal, from all around the Globe. Is it for the money? Is it ‘really’ for the sex?…Or is it for the ‘Fame’? You decide!
“Everyone wants immediate success, immediate celebrity, and that doesn’t produce what used to be artists”.
(Colin R. Davis)
Open up these magazines, watch these TV channels, click on these porn sites and it’s fodder don’t even look real anymore. They’ve all been air brushed, filled their faces with botulism, fillers and collagen. The result of which?…Teenage girls want fake breasts for their eighteenth birthday presents, twenty something’s queue up for facial surgery to make them look (wait for it) ‘younger’, the irony being of course that botox and scalpels makes them stand out like a cobblers thumb. (There is nothing makes a woman look older, than her obvious attempt to look younger).
And it isn’t just the girls. Some might say the guys are even worse. On Celebrity Big Brother this year we even had a 50 something man with artificial abdominal muscles implanted over his beer belly? And why? Because his £100m fortune just wasn’t enough.
And then of course there’s the good old WAG. Professional footballers, (some with faces like a bag of rusty spanners) sit in VIP booths in city hotspots and watch as the young girls queue up. But what is it these ladies want? Is it the money? Is it because they think these fine young upstanding men will make perfect life partners and fathers to their kids?…Or is it for the ‘Fame’?…VOTE NOW!
“The postman wants an autograph. The cab driver wants a picture. The waitress wants a handshake. Everyone wants a piece of you”.
My idol John Lennon was assassinated because a kid wanted fame. The world was rid of a musical genius because an unknown wanted to be known.
I fear for the future if this obsession with fame and perfection persists. It is not a coincidence that Waterstones Book shops were left unraided during this years riots, whilst magazine racks, video game stores, bling, gadget and sportswear shops where stripped as if by locusts. Even whilst doing this, these bored kids ‘filmed’ themselves on camera phones, uploaded themselves to You tube, blue toothed their antics to social network sites. Despite wearing hoods, they ‘still’ hankered after fame.
I’m going to leave you with some written words by BANKSY.
Banksy is an Oscar nominated film maker and World renowned artist, whose works have sold for hundreds of thousands of pounds. Despite this, Banksy is probably most ‘famous’ for one thing in particular…his anonymity. Should he choose to, Banksy could reveal himself and become the next Damien Hurst. He could get stopped on every corner, invited to every Red Carpet, never pay for anything. He could get the best seat in the best Restaurant without a reservation. If he so chose, he could even sign cheques for £10,000 and never see them cashed, such would be the value of his signature. But Banksy ‘refuses’ to do this, why?…Because he is an artist first and a ‘reluctant’ celebrity only as a result, a consequence if you will, of what he brings.
For me, Banksy summed it all up when he wrote the following…
“The time of getting fame for your name on it’s own is over. Artwork that is only about wanting to make you famous, will never make you famous. Fame is a by-product of doing something else. You don’t go to a restaurant and order a meal because you want to have a shit.”
BACKBEAT – Q&A
THERE IS a special screening of ‘Backbeat’ tomorrow night (Monday 14th) at FACT in Liverpool with a Q&A session featuring Scot Williams afterwards.
The film, starring Stephen Dorff and Ian Hart as well as Scot, tells the story of the early days of the Beatles, the Hamburg days, and their struggles ahead of their ultimate fame. The close friendship between John Lennon and Stuart Sutcliffe, the Beatles’ original bassist, begins to suffer due to the pressures the band were under and also because of the development of Sutcliffe’s love for a German art student.
The screening is at 6:45pm in FACT, in Liverpool’s Ropewalks, and proceeds will be going to the Clapperboard charity.
Details here: BACKBEAT screening with Q&A from Scot Williams at FACT.
Absolutely brilliant Scott. The best non-football article I’ve read this year. It should be printed off and posted to every household in Britain.
Should be sent to all media in the UK.
this is spot on youve nailed it there mate brilliant
Great piece on an insidious culture.
I completely agree with all you said and as usual, you said it quite eloquently.
Thanks for that Scott. A joy to read and absolutely spot on.
Hear hear. And we’re destabilising our climate and destroying our future while the fame game captivates us too…
‘Lady Gaga ! There is no bigger pop star on the planet…’.screams Dermot O’Leary on The X Factor….The biggest pop star on the planet mimes while wearing a headless torso and gets a standing ovation for doing so….no bigger pop star on the planet ??? Oh I think there is ,Dermot….I think there is
Slightly harsh on Glee (which isn’t about a fame school and I think largely tries to have a positive message) but apart from that spot on. That psychic Sally thing is shocking
Fantastic read Scott. Well in!!
In response to John (Gibbons). To be fair I’ve never seen Glee. Why would I?
Thats excellent. Fair play
Yes, I was aware I was opening myself up slightly with that correction….
Scot, fantastic reading on the dull train journey to Liverpool from work. The whole article was inspiring but what inspired me most as an avid reader is the bit about the kids looting the shops and bookshops remained untouched. As a rebellious teenager (not the law abiding citizen I am today, in fact a lawyer!) I stole the odd thing from a shop- I stole books because my folks couldn’t afford to buy them. Reading was a joy back then (I am 34 so not THAT long ago) without my young mind being warped by all this reality shit and internet bollocks! It’s ruined our children. Your article has highlighted many issues, shame we can’t get the red tops to print it!! Warm Regards, Angela
Oh my word, I went to school with one of those wanna be WAGS on Desperate Scouse wives. Thank god I got a proper job!
Two words: utterly brilliant!
It’s like you read my mind, mate! I cannot sit in the same room as the telly when the X factor is on. It’s not just moronic; i actually find it offensive in the way the production company seems to assume we are all bovine idiots who will gladly lap up this bombastic, self important tripe. They think we’re thick. We know that they think we’re thick. And they know that we know that they think we’re thick!
“They think we’re thick. We know that they think we’re thick. And they know that we know that they think we’re thick!”
Good comment from Wal Riley.
Fantastic writing, Scot. You are well-placed to write this article, and you speak a great deal of sense (the quotes are diamond, mate).
I remember seeing you in “Backbeat” in `94, in a small cinema in Nice, in France. I was working at the nearby Hotel Ibis next to the train station. It was my one day off, and I was chuffed to bits I used it to see such a fantastic film. Immediately after, it struck me just how irrevocably the fab four’s lives changed virtually overnight after they had their first hit.
In the light of what I have recently seen in Scorcese’s documentary of George Harrison (brilliant by the way), I am convinced they only really enjoyed the attention for about the first 2 years before they were utterly, utterly sick of it. You can now see what a true curse fame was for them.
Had ANY of these modern, so-called celebrities experienced fame on that scale, I think the majority would quite probably have gone insane. It was ONLY The Beatles’ tough backgrounds, hard work, and sense of humour that afforded them survival, yet only by the skin of their fingertips. This is not something today’s celebrities have a chance of emulating. Even so, I fear for the health of many of these fly-by-night celebs, and I am certain this obsession with fame will not end well……for anyone.
Congrats on a great article, I will be pushing it on Twitter and FB, and to anyone who will listen.
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God bless ya, gov’nor!
Spot on (echoing everything commented above).
One thing that has really bothered me (thus shunning me away from anything close to resembling a reality show) since the days of Survivor is the lack of moral principles of contestants to win at any cost. Any cost whatsoever.
Backstabbing is an expected norm.
Cheating, lying, and pulling out any dirty trick possible to get your competitor kicked out.
You could argue that’s real life, that’s reality and the arts are a mirror of society in reality.
Examples like politics or even a football match – Nani on the floor, tears streaming down, whimpering, just to get Carra sent off.
But why focus the magnifying glass on society’s worst with these reality shows?
Why incite these ‘celebrities’ to be the dirt of humanity simply for ratings?
Ah, for the benjamins as the Americans would put it.
But at the detriment of poisoning our youth (my two daughters at their peril as well) for the worse.
And so the domino effect goes on and on.
Reality shows mimic reality which mimics reality show.
I’m not sure I made any f***ing sense but yeah, totally agree with everything in your article.
One of the best things (if not the best) I’ve ever read on the internet.
Brilliant article. The sad thing is the ‘fame’ route is diverting people away from actually achieving anything in life. I know people who are so convinced that one day they will get onto X Factor and become famous that they are not interested in achieving academic success and not interested in a career. They believe they do not need it because once they are famous they will have everything. They have convinced themselves (and also those around them) that school, education, work, self improvement etc. is just a waste of time and is getting in the way of their chance of fame. They have applied for every ‘talent’ show and always have an excuse to why they fail (and it is never down to talent!).
They look up to those who succeed (definition of success = appearing on TV) and every time some one is seen to succeed they become the template for the next attempt. I have seen extended family members re-invent themselves so many times based on the latest contestant on X Factor etc. and now they are looking at Desperate Scousewives and guess what, they are ‘wishing it was them’.
Again, great article but the problem as you have indicated is that as long as media continue to make money out of this level of exploitation then there is no stopping it.
Some wonderful and insightful feedback from the readers of TAW. Thank you, it’s nice to be vindicated and know I’m not the only one who worries on this topic.
Spot on. My neck aches from nodding so much. I shall have to avoid going on my own rant, suffice to say that when I got to the list with Lembit Opik on it, I could feel my heckles rising. Even typing the name just then, actually makes me want to smash my laptop to pieces. The real challenge, though, would be to rank all those names in order of Twatness. You just wouldn’t be able to do it. You’d be arguing with yourself for hours.
Yeah Great Article
– only one thing – don’t leave the last word to Banksy like he is some anti-celebrity freedom fighter – he’s just playing the system in another way and trying to retain some degree of street credibility in the process.
While performing his ‘critique’ he’s still cashed in with his limited edition prints at £000’s – his big street art pieces are just like gigantic adverts.
He also doesn’t want everybody to know he is an ex-public schoolboy.
Apart from this – fantastic.
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