The Myth of the Celebrity, The Kavanaugh Controversy, and the Loss of Common Sense

Listen, if you’re a human and you spend all your free time admiring pictures of other humans to the point where you literally become an idol of their stature, chances are you are a “celebrity” in the wrong media industry.

This is the inevitable problem that threatens to permanently destroy what makes us human beings while protecting the people who profit the most off our loneliness.

Bill Maher, a guy whose show is why you and I tune in to Saturday morning cartoons, became the latest megaphone in this attack with a rant calling Brett Kavanaugh “the savior of the white working class” while bemoaning that the court had “thrown a lifeline to an entire race.”

He’s not the only one piling on, as the entertainment industry ramps up a scorched earth approach to defending Kavanaugh’s nomination (and possibly even sabotaging Trump’s reelection bid).

“Do they understand the reality of what they’re destroying? Of course they don’t,” wrote People’s Sibley Scoles.

Certainly CNN’s Don Lemon told a CNN town hall attended by the man who has led a long-running assault on Kavanaugh’s character, Jeff Flake, why Kavanaugh’s name was not mentioned at the memorial for his father.

This mounting hostility against the integrity of Kavanaugh and the court which he just joined is troubling, perhaps more so than the mockery in which the nation took in his demise.

But there is so much more to come, as anger and fatigue have fueled a small but galvanizing group of celebrities as they lend their voices to the visceral urge to destroy the Kavanaugh name and all that it stands for.

Anthony Kiedis, whose name is synonymous with “hate,” remarked that Kavanaugh’s victory was a personal loss for him, pointing at his skull. “I don’t know how much people realize he’s the only Republican in a lifetime-long career that he hasn’t rolled over,” he said.

Have a look at Whoopi Goldberg’s outrage: “The upside of this whole thing is that now people are going to look at all these accusations about the man, and people are going to get to look at everything that he did for over 20 years in his life,” she said.

You may note, Goldberg then goes on to perform a parody which, for several minutes, appears to mock the president for “burning down” the Brett Kavanaugh name and praising “lynching” and “racial genocide.”

Good lord.

Meanwhile, according to Business Insider, Lena Dunham “says the Kavanaugh hearing ‘beg[ed] us to take this man’s name down from all the things we want to embrace,’ writing that people need to ‘reclaim’ his name and honor it more than deplore it.”

“You can all feel the tears streaming down your cheeks,” Dunham said. “I didn’t understand that.”

Any connection between Dunham’s full-throated support of Kavanaugh and her pain at finding out her brother had “acted like an infant on the day that he reported his assault,” as Rolling Stone described her pain at his recent downfall, is, and remains, deeply troubling.

And who knows how many of them have felt similarly about the single American women whose hopes and futures were destroyed as they waited for decades to be believed, who sought justice and who had their dignity severed by the very people who are now singing in chorus with their mockery?

Perhaps these examples, all meant to support their personal point of view and thus distract us from their points of view, will make all the difference in our intellectual health. And in the process shed the last remnants of the echo chamber we once upon a time called “common sense.”

But as the Kavanaugh case and others draw us further into a partisan echo chamber, the message that we seek mutual respect and dignity for one another now and always cannot be carried that far or resonate so loudly without getting pounded into the ground by the demonizing attacks of this generation.

We are enduring an age of the celebrity meal: dulled to the point of almost losing track of who we are, why we fight for what we believe in, and where we belong.

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