The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]


The Race For Condolences …
March 4, 2014, 6:10 am
Filed under: Comment

So a few weeks ago, the wonderfully talented actor – Philip Seymour Hoffman – died.

That day, my favourite newspaper – The Daily Fail, I mean Mail – published this article:

If I look at that article, a number of different scenarios reveal themselves:

1. George Clooney & Steve Coogan both expressed their sorrow at exactly the same time.
2. George Clooney led the tributes in the US while Coogan led them in the UK.
3. Steve Coogan was the first person at the London Critic’s Film Awards to speak up.

Of course, none of this matters – and I’m not suggesting either, or any, of the actors who made comments did it for any other reason than genuine sadness and concern – I just hate how newspapers use tragedy as an excuse to get ‘celebrity comment’ as if they think it lets them show how connected they are, when all it really does is show how tasteless they are.

It’s the same thing I hate about Australian media who continually try to find ways to link famous, successful people to their wonderful country.

They almost shat their pants in excitement when Nicole Kidman married Tom Cruise – then the biggest star in the World – so they could print countless articles with the words, Our Tom”.

Seriously, everyone is fair game as long as they can claim – however tenuous – some connection to Oz from Cameron Diaz [“Our Cam”] because she spent a few months living there in the 90’s through to Abba [“Our Ab”] because Australia was the first country that embraced them, beyond their native Sweden.

Funnily enough, I was never bestowed with that moniker despite living there almost 10 years.

Of course I’m not famous or did anything of repute, which explains why the only correspondence I get from Australian establishments are papers telling me that they won’t renew my residency, despite owning property there and being married to one of ‘their people’.

Oh well …

Anyway, I know this has nothing to do with planning, advertising or anything really … but I just needed to get it off my chest and now I feel a bit better for doing that.

But only a bit.


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Have you considered the reason the aussies aren’t playing ball with your residency is because Jill is telling them not to?

Comment by DH

ive always liked jill. except for her taste in men.

“men” being a very fucking loose term.

Comment by andy@cynic

That has crossed my mind DH … especially as the property is in both our names and this could be a cheaper way for her to get her hands on our assets than a costly divorce. She’s potentially an evil-genius but marrying me is a price that even she might think is too much.

Comment by Rob

Maybe celebrities play the “first” game, like we do on this blog. A game I won today if nobody noticed.

Comment by DH

To paraphrase Robert, your winter evenings must fly by David.

Comment by George

When you wrote “our ab”, I thought you were making a bad joke about the australian indigenous people. Then I remembered australia never acknowledges them so it had to be the swedish singing sensations.

Comment by DH

that comment might earn you australian residency from the racist convicts.

Comment by andy@cynic

Oh dear Dave. Oh dear.

Comment by Rob

Death is always tragic, especially when it comes to someone so relatively young. In the case of Hoffman, I understand it was a news story and I understand why fellow actors were asked for their opinion. Sadly the questions the media asked were trying to encourage sensationalism because they saw the whole thing as a sales spike opportunity not a terrible story of a talented life ended too soon.
When you are surrounded by misery, it is only natural to develop a thick skin. Doctors have it. Police have it. However they still appreciate the people they typically deal with are normal, everyday people and adjust their sensitivity to help build communication and understanding. Journalists on these papers don’t and they use the term “the people have a right to know” to justify all their repulsive, mindless actions.

Comment by George

mike wallace, watch the fuck out.

Comment by andy@cynic

Mike Wallace is dead. Are you trying to tell me something Andrew?

Comment by George

I couldn’t agree with you more George. Tragically, people don’t want to pay for news they want to pay [if at all] for ultra-convenience which is why the doco ‘Page One’ is one of the best and saddest films I’ve seen in a while.

Comment by Rob

campbell, youre turning into the new mary fucking whitehouse. when is the post about the fucked up messages were sending the young with television shows featuring people with loose morals? only a matter of fucking time.

Comment by andy@cynic

youd have to ban this blog. fucking excellent.

Comment by andy@cynic

No, I’d have to ban you lot.

Comment by Rob

win fucking win.

Comment by andy@cynic

Well said Rob and George. There are many ways a news organisation can tell a story. How they do it reveals if they want journalists or salesmen.

Comment by Pete

Nice. So nice I’ve stolen that for a preso I’m writing. Thank you Pete.

Comment by Rob

“You had to get it off your chest!!!” Indeed, shame on the Mail for wasting valuable space on some dead actor, when they could have used it to feature Kim Kardashian’s giant tits and bum.
Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells…

Comment by adscamgeorge

To the other George’s point. At least the Daily Mail don’t run these stories across from a photo of a topless woman and claim they are a family newspaper. They are a middle, England conservative paper. Though if you were to base it on their website, you would assume they have moved their operations to the US.

Comment by George

I’m sure someone said this before, but I think the Daily Mail website is one of the top 10 most visited sites in the world. Maybe not top 10, but it’s hugely popular which is one of the saddest things I’ve ever heard.

Comment by Rob

says the man who fucking posts their shit every fucking week.

Comment by andy@cynic

The public get what the public want.

Comment by John

Or the public don’t care enough to kick up a fuss.

Comment by Rob

Same difference.

Comment by John

Or in the case of this blog, the public need a creche
And don’t so hard on Australians, lovely people

Comment by northern

Jesus Northern. At least play a little hard to get, you’re showing your panties.

Comment by Rob

Too much Youporn

Comment by northern

I’m not shaking your hand then.

Comment by Rob

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper for printing an article today that proves my point that Australian media are desperate to find – or create – any association that links the land of convicts with any famous, international artist. Thanks guys.

http://t.co/HzZfPZm0SW

Comment by Rob




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