Friday, July 30, 2010

Get Over It. Please!

Did you know that Chelsea Clinton’s wedding cake cost $11,000?

That she’s looking rather tired?

That she’s reportedly calling her mother up in an absolute panic because she’s terrified that her husband-to-be will end up cheating on her?

Yeah, I didn’t know that either. Or at least I didn’t know until the media was considerate enough to butt into her already hectic and complicated life in order to tell everybody every single, intimate detail of her upcoming nuptials.

America’s obsession with Beyonce’s latest twitch and the color of Brad Pitt’s boxers is bad enough. But I could argue that those celebrities make their living off of making the news. Or at least, many of them milk it for all they’re worth through interviews and bring much of the attention on themselves in the first place by:

• Driving drunk (Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan

• Shaving off all their hair and wearing no underwear when they really, really,
really should have something on downstairs (Britney Spears on both counts)

• Switching out their wives for women young enough to be their daughters (Harrison
Ford, Mel Gibson)

But somebody like Chelsea Clinton never asked for that kind of media attention. OK, yes, she went to campaign for her mother back in 2008, but other than that, she never asked for media attention. And she certainly received it well before she ever hit the campaign trail as an adult.

So media, please lay off and leave the poor girl alone. Let her have her wedding in peace, or as much peace as is possible when her father is a lying pervert and her mother is power mad and completely disingenuous.

Because the truth is, knowing how many buttons are on Chelsea Clinton’s dress or the exact wording of the best man’s speech really doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things. In fact, it really doesn’t matter at all… except to the bride, groom and their loved ones.

I don’t think that the media – or any of us – fall into any of those three categories.

So media, please do us all a favor and actually cover something worth covering.

For once.

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