As a casual observer I’ve always found the concept of fame to be one that’s fundamentally dangerous to the human psyche. Some people seem to handle it as well as can be expected and other people… don’t. This week’s Graham Norton features some stories that subtly highlight this weirdness if you think about them for a little bit, though all the guests at least seem to be happy and reasonably well-adjusted. For example, here is a story about Rebel Wilson and Kelly Osbourne running into Justin Bieber and enjoying his company for the evening, through an introduction made by a note delivered by bodyguard.
This is a story about how the comedy/acting duo “Ant & Dec” made the conscious effort to “rebrand” themselves as human beings and just ended up with their young hair mistakes and awkwardness captured in print for all eternity. Also, as mentioned in the next segment, they make a conscious effort to always stand in the same position relative to each other so people can tell them apart. This is not something regular people think to themselves.
Here’s a rundown of Ant & Dec’s time on a soap opera, Julianne Moore’s time on “As the World Turns,” and Rebel Wilson’s failure to secure a job on a soap opera. Soap operas, which have horrendous plots as related by Ant & Dec and Julianne Moore.
Fame is a strange and probably mostly damaging condition for human beings. Luckily these human beings seem to be managing well.