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OFF TOPIC: Since When Did The Murder of A Little Girl Become An Entertainment Story?


The following entry is not only off topic but it's a verifiable rant. I've long since stopped watching most entertainment shows on TV because they pretty much stopped being about interesting things and started being more about who's wearing the latest fashion and what anorexic model/actress/celebrity wannabe is doing to dispell the rumor that weighing 89 pounds is abnormal.

Well, enough is enough.

I somehow managed to be flipping through the channels a few nights ago when I stopped at the venerable, and arguably senior citizen entertainment show, Entertainment Tonight and what struck me wasn't simply how vacuous and vapid the vast majority of our celebrity culture is but that the Jon Benet Ramsey story is now considered entertainment news.

Let me draw a picture of what this means. It is now completely and utterly acceptable to have the circus of the Jon Benet Ramsey debacle packaged for neat consumption not only on CNN, FOX, MSNBC, ABC, NBC, and CBS but also on channels like E! and on shows like Entertainment Tonight.

When the fuck did the brutal murder of a little girl become entertainment news? Seriously, have we lost touch with the importance of actual news that we actually miss the total chaos and absurdity of a show like Entertainment Tonight doing long pieces about the murder of a little Colorado girl. Where in that story is the entertainment?

So what we have is a story about Lindsay Lohan's tits (real or not?!?!!??!?!) followed by a Jon Benet fruitloop stalker/alleged killer piece because nothing says entertainment news more than the brutal killing of a little pageant princess and the man-boy who may have loved her to death, wrapped up with a story about who's engaged to whom and if it's really, real this time for real??!?!!?!? Like, we need to know. We can't sleep without knowing.

To say nothing of the fact that it's not news for 99.9% of the world in the first place. It's a local tragedy that ought to get good coverage in Colorado and a brief mention elsewhere. How many little girls die every day in the US?

I'll let you in a little secret. It's not entertainment news and it has no business being packaged on an entertainment channel or on a long running entertainment program. If I want news, I'll flip to one of the actual, oh, NEWS channels. Then again, I don't happen to think it's worthy of news on actual NEWS channels either but that's a different rant for a different day.

It boggles my mind that we now live in a world where this is both accepted and expected.

How do I get off this crazy carousel? It's making my head spin and I'm afraid if I fall off I might just end up falling onto Mary Hart doing a hard hitting news piece about John Mark Karr and his fascination with Merry-Go-Round animals.

Thanks, but no thanks.

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