Resurrecting an attention-grabbing, fake pop culture fight with the now president, professional celebrity Rosie O’Donnell has hijacked the Trump resistance movement with her lookalike visual impression of White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon. According to a story from CNN,
After expressing interest in portraying chief White House strategist Steve Bannon on “Saturday Night Live,” O’Donnell doubled down Thursday by changing her Twitter profile picture to one with a striking resemblance to him.
The switch came days after O’Donnell tweeted that she was available to play Bannon after Melissa McCarthy’s memorable portrayal of White House press secretary Sean Spicer on “SNL.”
Since then, fans have been urging the show to take O’Donnell up on her offer.
The likeness is more disturbing than amusing.
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 10, 2017
For a good part of the past week, Rosie has held the public hostage, taunting us with the possibility she’ll be the latest celeb Trump administration roaster, and do her Bannon on Saturday Night Live, today’s lamely popular expression of satire.
As we now know, Rosie did not torture us with an actual SNL Bannon, but she didn’t need to. That’s because the goal of celebs like O’Donnell and Alec Baldwin is to perpetually build their brand. And once you’ve been obscenely showered with more money than most neighborhoods, the only plug for the hole in the soul is more attention. And no better path to more attention than with the mask of public service. No, Meryl Streep is not the resistance.
Celebrity, the phenomenon that occurs when fame and notoriety eclipses art, skill or talent is destructive to the celebrity and fans alike, as the unwarranted attention robs from more pressing matters. You can only juggle so many balls in your head at the same time. With critical issues like climate change staring us in the face, we can’t afford to shower our attention on the narcissistic needs of celebrities. When we do, it’s us who are being played.
The only practical, meaningful and impactful solution to defend against the dangerously distracting effects of celebrity culture is to put them on “ignore,” which means boycotting popular culture media outlets, which means recognizing your television as the insidiously acculturating tool it is.
With the Grammy and Academy Awards programs upon us, it’s an ideal time to make your break, unless you’re up for a heaping helping of self-righteous, celebrity blathering about how you need to believe and behave, while subjugating their works to the Darwinian forces of the entertainment marketplace. Better to connect with your community and develop that discernment for yourselves.
Celebrities and their worship is the problem. It’s time for #TermLimits4Celebs