Um, that’s my mic…

Okay, the outburst. No one’s feeling badly for Taylor Swift’s career, so this might not be the time to feel sorry for her, but Kanye definitely took away that moment. She will not have that particular moment again. It is now a cultural moment in its own ragged state. It was like watching a bride jilted at the altar. (All right, we do feel badly but we hope that selling more CDs as a result will ease the pain.)Arline Wilma Preston by nha.library.

But why are we so hugely fixated? Sure, these are big stars and we’re all celeb obsessed, but I think there’s something else going on that goes back to that great movie line, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore.”

For many reasons we go through our days keeping ourselves fairly well in line–and that’s probably more of a good thing than a bad thing given the number of lines that can be crossed and the size of the population. (And of course the news is filled with the worst of the out-of-liners.) But all of us have that desire, at core, to simply blurt out what’s really on our minds. We sit at home and watch our flat screens and want, somehow, to run into the scene and take the mic. We want to tell people off, to have our say, to express our total and utter frustration at a person, a system, at the world.

So I think this particular incident has us hopping, at least for a week or two, because we’re looking at the uncensored self, that person that every now and then, we’d like to be. Even if we’d have to follow up with a lot of, you know, serious or not so serious mea culpas.

To read more responses to THE OUTBURST, go to:

Celebrities in Disgrace

A good rant from someone on the inside track:

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Click here to watch the, “I’m mad as hell…” clip from the movie, Network.

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  1. Susan says:

    I think you got it in 1. We wish sometimes we could/would do something that big, that brash, that bold–that we could turn off our internal monitors and just do something.

  2. Lise Haines says:

    And that’s one of the great things about writing fiction. Your characters can get as whacked as they want, and you don’t have to lose it.

  3. HI Lise & thanks for the link to Celebs and also for the ‘whacked’ point above– so true; a great pleasure in writing fiction is to turn off those (as ‘Susan’ says) ‘internal monitors and just do something’–
    XX– Elizabeth