Another famo has squeezed one out and has chosen to inform the world by Tweeting.
Model, jewellery designer and TV personality (if being a judge on The Apprentice counts) and all round daughter of a squillionaire, Ivanka Trump announced the arrival of her firstborn on Sunday via the dubious public bullhorn of Twitter.
“We feel incredibly grateful and blessed. Thank you all for your support and well wishes!” ran the tweet.
Trump converted to Judaism in 2009 in order to marry the baby’s father Jared Kushner who as owner of the New York Observer is no stranger to being sickeningly rich, himself.
When interviewed about the forthcoming child in Harper’s Bazaar in May this year Ivanka Trump told the magazine “We both said we wanted to wait one year and just enjoy being newlyweds. So we waited pretty much exactly that. Jared is ecstatic. She’ll be a daddy’s girl. I have a feeling they are going to gang up on me.”
This as yet unnamed child makes Donald Trump a grandfather for the third time.
It must be strange being a famo. All those strangers reading your banal tweets and giving a shit. It’s destroyed the concept of celebrity as we know it. Famous people – back when they were stars – were either sophisticated, enigmatic or wild. They were urbane and had poise; they were shrouded in mystery; or they lived hedonistic lives of debauchery and big fat squelchy abandon. Finding out that Madonna ate popcorn for breakfast gave us an unparalleled insight into the life of the icon and it was something we could do too. Now Twitter is making it possible for us to infiltrate the lives of the famous. It is like leaving the backdoor open so we can peer in and see what celebrities are doing. They are like insects in a glass jar and we are removing the lid and peering in to watch them wriggle for us and they are inviting us to do so because without our attention, as celebrities, they die.
Nothing seems taboo when it comes to public bullhorning. Lily Allen tweeted about her miscarriage. Ashton Kutcher (who recently agreed to commit career suicide by replacing Charlie Sheen in Two and a Half Men) tweeted about Demi Moore “…My lovely wife through (sic) me a surprise party tonight with all of my friends. She’s the best and I love her so much.” Surely the gushy comments between a loved-up couple should be kept private. For all our sakes. If you want to proclaim unremitting love for your partner, do it discretely. That’s what makes it special. And proving that nothing is sacred, even the Dalai Lamar tweets.
I’m not vilifying Ivanka Trump for publicising her new arrival. I just find Twitter a bit distasteful. I liked the enigma of celebrity before Twitter came and made insects of them all.
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