Celebrity, defined as “fame and public attention in the media,” is an amazing thing. The true conundrum involves working so hard to be successful to the point of reaching celebrity status (note: the nature of some jobs/occupations lend themselves to celebrity over others) only to be annoyed/harassed/stalked by the attention it garners (i.e., paparazzi). Woe are they! Allow me a moment to provide some definitions of “celebrity,” courtesy of The Cynic’s Dictionary.
“A person who is known for his/her well-knownness.” (Daniel Boorstin)
“A person who does nothing for a living, but looks great not doing it.” (Julia Phillips)
A celebrity is one who is know by many people he is glad he doesn’t know.” (H.L. Mencken)
“Any well-known TC or movie star who looks like he spends more than two hours working on his hair.” (Steve Martin)
“A person who works hard all his life to become known, then wears dark glasses to avoid being recognized.” (Fred Allen)
“The advantage of being known by those who don’t know you.” (Nicolas-Sebastien Chamfort)