Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Martha's Celebrity Matchup

Years back, my husband and I were on vacation in New York City. We were strolling down some famous shopping street in Manhattan. We were likely either on our way from or our way to Serendipity 3 for the Frrrozen Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate as I insisted on enjoying it every day of our trip, sometimes twice a day.

I looked up and saw the cutest puppy. I grabbed my husband's arm. "Oh my god!! Did you see?" I expected him to make fun of me for pointing out a ball of fluff. He's into sleek race dogs who double my height on hind feet. But instead he squealed right back, "Yes! I know!"

I asked if we could get a dog like that and his forehead furrowed. What dog, he asked. That dog we just fawned over, I said. He didn't know what I was talking about - he'd been fawning over the dog's human attachment - celebrity designer Isaac Mizrahi.

Mizrahi vs Dog
Winner: Dog
Runner up: Husband...for Out-Pop-Culturing Me

And so goes most Celebrity vs Random Non Celebrity Item matchup for me.

Canoodling with Jon Hamm post comedy show or dinner with friends?
Friends.

Checking out James Franco at his mom's local theater production or, um yeah, dinner with friends?
Friends.

Chatting up Aziz Ansari about how much I loved his set or gelato?
Gelato.
(Although for the record that was one of the funniest live comedy shows I've seen ever hands down ever ever ever ever ever and if his cousin who is the subject of his comedy was there I would have stayed to hang out with him no problem.)

I love pop culture celebrity. I encourage it. I buy celebrity magazines and follow the gossip and watch award shows and remember senseless things about who is dating who and am enthralled by celebrity social networking battles but for me, it's just another show. In the distance.

I think it's because as much as I love singers, I don't want to be a singer. As much as I love movies, I hate the idea of acting. As much as I love comedy, I don't want to be funny on stage.

Show me a talented writer, though, and that's a different story.

10 comments:

Sophie Littlefield said...

i would say you are one of the tougher-to-impress people I know. mere celeb-hood would obviously not do the trick - a person would have to be awesome in her own right to catch your eye!

When i lived in NY, people would always say "omg, there's ______" and I would never know who they were talking about.

Juliet Blackwell said...

I've always been given a lot of credit for being "cool" around celebrities, but usually it's due to me not knowing who the heck they are. I don't really get pop culture, don't recognize anyone on People Magazine, can't be bothered to watch television. But sometimes cool=out of it!

Juliet Blackwell said...

And BTW, I'm with you on the authors. When I wrote my post about celebs I had seen in Princeton, all the authors sprang to mind and a friend had to remind me: "what about Richard Gere? Cindy Crawford? Brooke Shields?" "Oh, yeah," says I. "Guess I could mention them too."

martha said...

I was going to say something and then forgot because omg the super hawt author of super awesome Hexes and Hemlines commented twice on my blog ya'all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Smooches. :):):)

Juliet Blackwell said...

Could I use "super hawt, super awesome" as a blurb on my next book???

Rachael Herron said...

You didn't even MENTION that time you passed on watching Hot Guy from True Blood mack on WhatsHerName. (You see why I'm not good at this game.)

L.G.C. Smith said...

Ah. You are also blessed with CNF. We keep the world in balance. :)

Adrienne Miller said...

I never understood why people wanted to meet celebrities so badly. Wouldn't the conversation always just go :"Hi, I'm a really big fan." "Thanks" *awkward silence* "K, bye."

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