Thursday, February 02, 2006
Get Fat, Get Famous
After playing racquetball tonight I stopped in the TV lounge in the Men's Locker room to relax for a few minutes. Someone had the TV tuned to "Entertainment Tonight" (ET) which aired an interview with ice skating convict, Tonja Harding. I did not recognize Ms. Harding until the guy watching it said to me, "you recognize her? that's Tonja Harding" which was quite a shock since she is RATHER obese currently so I am guessing she would actually fall through the ice were she still skating today.
As the interview progressed we learned that Ms. Harding "hit rock bottom several times....." after the baby-seal-like-clubbing Ms. Harding's friends gave Nancy Kerrigan's legs several years ago to enhance Ms. Harding's chances of winning some figure skating championship. What caught my attention in the interview as I walked away was when the anchorman said, "be sure to watch ET tomorrow night to see Tonja's answer when she is asked whether or not she would be willing to join the Celebrity Fit Club..........." (TV program) .
I had purged my gray matter of any memory of Tonja Harding until I saw this ET interview so it got me thinking in terms of this disease/mental condition -- which I have identified as "Warhol Syndrome" -- some people apparently have developed. This condition of course is a derivative of Andy Warhol's famous quote that "everybody will be famous for 15 minutes someday...."
Clearly Ms. Harding felt compelled to resurface in the public eye complete with her newly developed obesity much like Kirstie Alley did with her "fat actress" character. The intersection of things in popular culture is oftentimes stunning -- today we have obese teenagers armed with class action suit-wielding trial lawyers suing fast food companies for "causing" their obesity while at the same time these teenagers are likely watching four (4) hours of TV each day, http://www.csun.edu/~vceed002/health/docs/tv&health.html, (which is 9 years of your life if you live to age 65!!!!) which are likely to include the Tonja Harding interview or Kirstie Alley telling the world as great it is to be fat. So tell me again why the shareholders of McDonald's, Wendy's, or Burger King should lose money due to lack of personal responsibility in America?
Time for a snack,