Sometimes silence from the scary side of life can be just as frightening as the verbosity and pompous attitude of the misfits of show business.
Justin Bieber turned 20 on Saturday, March 1 (I’m surprised it wasn’t April 1 instead). What’s scary is the only noise the Little Bieber is making is about his work on making some new noise, I mean music, in Atlanta, while lawyers in three cities are preparing to defend him in court. The Little Bieber has a number of court dates this month: There is the Florida drunk-driving charge, the California egg-throwing charge, and the charge for smacking his limo driver on the back of the head. Let’s hope they try him as a man, not a boy, and convict him that way.
In other blessed silences, Alec Baldwin said he was leaving public life, and let us all hope he really means it. He said he could no longer enjoy New York the way he used to, "But this is how the world now sees me. I haven't changed, but public life has.... Now I don't want to be Mr. Show Business anymore." What did you expect, Alec? You went looking for love on the big screen and stage, and for a while, people loved you. As a celebrity you must have known that cameras and the people who use them go with the territory. Now love us and just go away quietly.
Harold Ramis of Groundhog Day, Ghostbusters, and a long list of other great films, died February 24. He made us all laugh and never seemed to mind that in doing so he became a celebrity. He handled the spotlight with grace and dignity and made our world a little brighter.
Finally, my friend B.J. Shea and the crew at The B.J. Shea Morning Experience on KISW, “The Rock of Seattle,” just inked a new 5-year contract and deserve great big congratulations. B.J. is another celebrity who handles fame with full appreciation of his good fortune and lives his life giving back.
Among celebrities, we have both pompous jerks and good men and women, but unfortunately it’s the pompous jerks we hear about most. It gets scary when they go quiet. What are they up to now?
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