I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there

I’ll tell you why I hate the industry constantly on air.

Aka, entertainment news.

The reason I would like to address this is mainly because of this article from J-School buzz.

I’ve always despised entertainment news. Channels like E! and TMZ just annoy the living hell out of me. I don’t really know what it is.

Wait, yes I do. It starts with the COMPLETE AND UTTER DISRESPECT OF PRIVACY. But that’s just the beginning. It gets worse. Prepare for the soapbox I’m about to stand upon.

Entertainment news is pathetic. Let me explain.

They take what REAL (yeah that’s right I said it) journalists do and make a parade of it. They are the Wal-Marts of family owned business. Maybe they started out with good intentions (doubtful), but what they have become is vile. Have you seen the crazy paparazzi trying to get the next money making picture of Britney Spears? Breaking into private weddings to get pictures they don’t deserve? They literally stalk people. They all deserve restraining orders. I’m sure a number of stars have gotten them. Unfortunately, the outlets will just send out another greedy bastard to hunt them down.

These are the folks who killed Princess Diana. She is dead because of the craze and sensationalism entertainment media has caused. Honestly, no one can tell me they want to be followed around by a camera 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. That would not be fun. On top of that, the INSTANT you get a pimple, or walk out of the house with your shirt accidentally tucked in imperfectly, it’s all over the front page of all the tabloids.

Swimsuit season starts and the women go nuts. Half them are getting shit for being too big (even though I’m sure they look just like you and me at the pool) and the others get backlash for being too skinny. Well, maybe that’s because you made them starve themselves.

All of this, including the male version, which expects men to be dashing, with great bone structure and rock hard abs, creates an even worse effect than just the effect it has on the stars themselves (pretty bad on its own). It makes everyday people crazy. Housewives try to look like Eva Longoria and husbands who already work daytime jobs go through mid-life crises because they can’t be the all-around American dad AND make passionate love to their wives AND be as slick as a character from Mad Men, all while having the humor of John Krasinski from The Office.

All of this is fueled by greed. All of it. People watch shows like the Jersey Shore because they think it’s “funny” and then they start imitating it, and then fashion turns into that, now Snooki is pregnant and all the world CARES. Why? When was the last time you checked up on your neighbor 2 blocks over and her pregnancy? Wait, you didn’t know she was pregnant? You should be ashamed of yourself.

Seriously? Why in God’s name does anyone care where the movie stars get their hair done? Has Megan Fox had a lip injection or not? Why did she feel she had to get one if she does?

One answer: entertainment media.

It’s sick. It’s a disgusting cycle that will continue because everyone is out to make a buck.

I for one, am not. I plan to go into an honest career of journalism and make very little. I’ll live in some janky apartment 30 minutes away from town just so I don’t have to pay extra for being close. If I’m lucky I’ll marry outside of my career, but that’s doubtful because only journalists really understand how a journalist schedule works.

Besides, entertainment news is kind of an oxymoron. Prominence is about the only thing they have going for them on the newsworthy chart, and they’re only prominent because of entertainment news itself. Real prominence is, I don’t know, the man who makes decisions for our country?

I’ll step off the box for now. But just know that I could go on.


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