I will freely and without shame admit that I enjoy celebrity gossip. It doesn't bother me that people find that sort of amusement as a shallow past-time. An academic friend of mine was more than a bit disgusted that I knew the names of Brangelina's kids. "Why on earth would you know this? You, with a graduate degree and dreams of pursuing a PhD?" After all, smart people should be very serious about what kinds of information they put in their heads.
I'll tell you why: once upon a time I read James Joyce's Ulysses and as an apology to my brain I feel allowed to put a certain amount of meaningless entertainment poofery into my head (albeit selective poofery because I absolutely refuse to read anything about Justin Bieber, Robert Pattinson, or Miley Cyrus...and yes, I put them all in the same sentence, so there).
Actually, aside from the highly entertaining People magazine (that happily arrives in my mailbox every Friday) I do very little to follow celebrity gossip. I really and truly don't have time to be dilly dallying around on the Internet or tv for the latest Hollywood news. I figure if it doesn't make it into People magazine, then it wasn't worth reading about.
Outside the "news" field, I do enjoy some celebrity fashion quips, particularly from those penned by Jessica and Heather, over at Fug Nation. To that end, I feel compelled to share with you two particular links from today's Fug HQ that made me laugh, an act sometimes hard for me to come by these days. (Minus those charming things my daughters do that always make me laugh. The other day from Jules, "Be careful where you walk, Mama. A bird may poop on your head." She's a regular little Confucius.)
- Jake Gyllenhaal explaining how to pronounce his name. Bonus Celebrity: Sir Ben Kingsley
- This (imaginary) divalicious monologue from Jennifer Lopez regarding her dress (a link perhaps more funny to the consistent Fug Reader, but still. Amusing.)
And, let's be honest now, can you name at least one of Brangelina's children? That's not such extraordinary knowledge, is it?