Saturday, September 27, 2008

Pop Stars & Politicians - EQUAL?

When pop icons and rock icons were completely demystified in recent decades due to the constant and unconcealed exposure through the uncensored lens of today's all-access media, the world has become increasingly interested in decoding the political figures dominating the headlines.

Apart from being regarded as mere politicians and leaders of the countries they run, they have crossed over into the mainstream pop culture and integrated the showbiz market as a result, hoping to appeal to the masses and not just those interested in modern-day politics.

John McCain's controversial comment referring to Barack Obama as the male version of Paris Hilton; President Sarkozy's much-talked-about marital union with former model and recently "celebrated" Carla Bruni; Russian President Vladimir Putin's alleged romance with Alina Kabaeva, Olympic gymnast half his age, etc.

The latter dismissed the above rumor as untrue, stating that he has "always reacted negatively to those who with their snotty noses and erotic fantasies prowl into others' lives... There's a lot of talk in the press about beautiful young women. I don't think it will surprise you if I said that I like them all."

Needless to say, our society as a whole has never been short of overly curious minds and nosey characters, not only when it concerned the saucy show business but also the world leaders and their private lives. But when google is bombarded with far more search queries about Georgian leader Saakashvili's video "chewing on the tie" during a BBC interview break than the actual situation in the war-torn country, one wonders if this is at all normal?

Or perhaps it is, and I'm just being too picky and overly sensitive about our collective needs and the little pleasures derived from the juicy details of other people's - particularly the newsworthy (and not so much) public figures' - personal lives.

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