“Beautiful” People

It’s hard for me to separate outward beauty from someone’s personality. I remember in high school, someone was commenting on how gorgeous Gina was. I wrinkled my face and vehemently disagreed. “No. Really. She could be a model,” the someone replied. And I said, “No. Really. She’s ugly.” And then the someone said, “Oh, I know she’s a bitch but she sure is pretty.” I was taken aback. She was right. Gina WAS a bitch. But there was no denying it. She WAS gorgeous. Everyone copied her clothes, her makeup. A lot of the girls in my class wanted to be liked by her. Her looks had a power over many people. But not me.

It’s that way for me and celebrities. I think that’s why I’d prefer not to know anything about their personal lives. They’re attractive. Until they open their mouths. And I’ve realized that many of them work very hard to keep people like me in the dark. Some celebrities have no problem standing on their soapbox, telling me how to vote, how I should drive a Prius and take 3 minute showers. Others are the masters of spin.

I used to think Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston and Angelina Jolie were attractive. But I didn’t know too much about them. Just that they were actors and I enjoyed their work. And then stories in  the tabloids started suggesting that Hollywood’s golden marriage was in trouble and that Angelina was the home wrecker.

The timing of certain magazine covers began to interest me. One magazine would have Brad comforting a tearful Jennifer, another headlined Angelina visiting an orphanage in Africa. The next week a magazine would show an angry Jennifer with headlines suggesting strife between the golden couple, another magazine pictured Angelina cradling the new baby she’s adopted. On and on it would go. Trouble in paradise with Brad and Jenn. Angelina, the next Mother Theresa. This happened throughout the year, throughout their personal turmoil. And always, Angelina was depicted (in the major, “respectable” magazines) as the disinterested party to Brad and Jenn’s struggles, just the do-good angel, trying to save the world one child at a time.

Gag me.

It was then that Angelina and Brad began to lose their appeal to me. The world isn’t stupid. We can read between the magazine covers. Brad and Angelina worked on a movie together. A spark turned into a flame and they acted on it, despite the fact that Brad was married. It’s not unheard of – especially in Hollywood. It’s not admirable. But we all have regrets and mistakes in our lives. We’re all imperfect human beings.

But to try and spin to the world that you’re an innocent party? That you had nothing to do with weakening a marriage vow? Angelina’s publicist was working overtime. Don’t look that way – look this way at all of the good she’s doing around the world. Saving the children. It’s all about the children.


That’s not to say Brad Pitt is innocent in all of this. But his spin doctors weren’t parading him across magazine covers, preaching his world causes.

So now, I can see how Angelina Jolie is attractive to some. And Brad Pitt, too. But I don’t find them all that attractive anymore. And it reminds me that I don’t really know the part Jennifer played in all their drama either. So, she’s just ok to me now, too.

Three actors. Playing parts in movies, I may enjoy; I may not enjoy. But that’s it. They’re just actors.


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8 responses to ““Beautiful” People

  1. angelcel

    I have to say I’m heartily sick of the press coverage of celebrities private lives because you never can tell what’s real and what’s made up. There are two celebs slugging it out here in the UK and I saw the man interviewed about a week ago. He said that he read an article about himself and what he’d supposedly said and his first thought was: ‘Who *is* this man?’ He simply didn’t recognise any of it because he’d never said any of it and on that basis he asked that people please remember that it was likely that the reverse was true, i.e. that his soon to be ex-wife was not saying or doing half the things of which she was accused. The Press whip up the public into a real frenzy and it’s all unseemly and unnecessary.

    I couldn’t agree more that once we hear ‘the truth’ about celebs that they are a whole lot less attractive. I would prefer that we knew them only as actors… a bit like the golden age of Hollywood when slick, studio PR departments worked overtime to maintain glamorous images.

    • You are absolutely right. And maybe I’m way off base about my view that Angelina is a homewrecker, etc. But I do get so tired of impressing upon us their views/opinions/private lives. They are trained actors. Just as I don’t want to know every gritty detail of my dentist’s home life, I don’t want celebrity private info dominating the headlines.

  2. I wish they would keep their opinions to themselves. I’m sick of celebrities parading around acting as if their opinions about politics and the state of the world carry weight. If they want to give advice on how to deliver lines? Great. I don’t care to know their thoughts on healthcare reform.

  3. Celebrities are people but they come with the hassle of media. The media wants to sell and make money so if it doesn’t exist they make it up so we will buy it. I like a little gossip now and then but they have gone too far and the wise celebrity knows how to use them for publicity. Some will even stage their own drama to get attention. It is out of hand and dangerous. There are a few celebrities that I like but I never want to know who they really are because then I wouldn’t like them.

  4. I’m the same way about seeing the person’s inner beauty. But with tabloids, I ignore those because I see them as gossip. How many times have we heard horrible rumors about someone to find out they were untrue? Not saying that those rumors weren’t true, but that we don’t know the whole story. Like Oprah is gay. Michele Pfieffer beats her kids. Right, whatever.

  5. Great points, faemom and insider. I know I shouldn’t have been keeping track of the Brad/Jenn/Angelina saga, but I did. And I found it interesting (especially now with the Jon & Kate drama in equal amounts splashed all over the headlines) that Angelina rarely got negative press – always about the good she was doing around the world.

    • Came to the party late but I have to add my $0.02… (This inability to shut my pie hole is going to get me killed one day I know…) I 100% agreed with you! I am no prude, but the issues of fairness and morality in this case really bothered me, or rather, people’s lack of concern for those issues did. So glad I’m not the only one wondering…

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