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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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