Normal folk made famous by reality TV shows are a different breed to normal famous people, aka stars. Proper run-of-the-mill stars usually have a bit of charisma and star quality (well, that used to be the idea), along with some deficiency as a human being that requires them to seek out recognition and be in the spotlight whatever the cost– idolised by people they don’t know, who hang on their every word and buy all their albums, watch their films, marinate themselves in their celebrity endorsed perfume and read the autobiographies that they didn’t write.
They have no use or need for that stuff us mortals take for granted – beautiful and luxurious anonymity. One of the most common deficiencies is height: Just look at Tom Cruise, Madonna, Prince, and Lady Gaga. Short arses the lot of them and all are more happy to flutter around in the spotlight than a suicidal moth around a flame. Not Prince though, he only gets a mention because he’s a midget.
Two celebrities are hitting the headlines today – Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt – both made ‘famous’ by reality TV show The Hills.
It’s been five years since they both appeared on the program but now they are apparently disillusioned with fame, regretful of relentless plastic surgeries and what’s worse – financially broke.
Heidi Montag reputedly had ten plastic surgery procedures in just one day and says “Obviously I wish I didn’t do it. I would go back and not have any surgery. It doesn’t help. I got too caught up in Hollywood, being so into myself and my image.” The celeb spent thousands of dollars turning herself into a caricature of what a woman should be, turning what was an attractive girl into another generic basketball-breasted bland avatar.
Meanwhile, Pratt squandered a million bucks on clothes alone just so that he could look the part of the typical Hollywood star and called them “props”, adding that he’d never wear them again.
That’s what good old Tinseltown does to people. And being from a reality TV background and just a normal person made famous by virtue of the fact that you are probably slightly less obnoxious than a group of other people, they are just not prepared for the amount of showmanship and shallowness that being a celebrity requires of them.
The couple are now living in a beach house belonging to Pratt’s parents in Santa Barbra. They are broke and his parents allow them to live there without paying rent.
Pratt spoke very candidly in an interview about his disillusionment with the superficial lifestyle so many celebrities ‘live’ and so many bored celebphiles enviously read about, absorbing every detail and comparing the glamorous world of designer clothes, pointless sports cars, walk-in wardrobes and botox to their own taedium vitae and pedestrian lives on Planet Earth. He told about a life played out in front of the cameras that he described as “fake” and said: “We were living each other’s mistakes – everything we were doing, in retrospect, was a mistake. The second we continued on our quest for fame was a mistake.
“This isn’t a business. That was the big thing I didn’t get: Reality TV is not a career. Anyone who says, ‘Oh, you can have a career in reality’—that is a lie.”
Pratt also alleges during his time on the series, the producers attempted to coax him into hitting his sister (another participant in the show) in order to gain more publicity for the program and to increase ratings.
“That’s when I snapped. To the point when I said – and this is when producers got scared of me – ‘You want me to punch my sister in the face? Are you trying to get me to kill you?’ I didn’t say, ‘I’m killing you,’ If I did, MTV would have had me arrested.”
Nothing prepares these normal folk ‘come good’ for the pressure of sudden fame and instant richness created by participating in a reality TV.
The final post-edited version of what viewers see on their screens is usually a far cry from reality. Unreality TV more like.
The reality TV couple have reportedly said that when it comes to fame – there is such a thing as too much. Unless you are as fame hungry as Madonna or Gaga – who don’t seem to exist unless a camera lens is focussed on them – and then there is just never enough.
A man hitting a woman on TV (especially when it’s his own sister) would cause a fabulous stir and the kind of publicity TV producers can only dream about. It would make great reality TV. Even if it’s not real.
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