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Wayne Rooney and Coleen McLoughlin wedding

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One of today’s hottest bit of news is that the Man. Utd footballer Wayne Rooney got married to girlfriend Coleen McLoughlin. What was interesting about it was that a magazine named OK paid 5 million Pounds for rights to the official marriage photos and hence the couple was obliged to ensure that they minimised the opportunity they gave rival photographers. I was surprised at the figure when I learnt that the bid for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s twins photographs is around the $15 million dollar mark.

I find it hard to find words to describe how incredible and disgusting I find such news. Are people really so wrapped up in celebrity news that a magazine can afford to pay 5 million pounds for photos of a footballer’s wedding? or $15 million dollars for photos of unborn children???? and then there was the guy who said that Paris Hilton is great because “she makes news that makes our lives interesting”. Surely a person’s life shouldn’t need to be made interesting by Paris Hilton news of all things…

I came across the term stereotypical behaviour when my wife was doing a degree on animal behaviour. To understand this concept, imagine an tiger in a zoo. Now, in the wild, the tiger will spend most of its time walking around, marking territory, stalking and hunting prey, probably fighting other tigers etc etc. But when it is kept in a zoo with a regular and sustained food supply, the animal suddenly has all the time in the world and nothing to do with it. As a response to this, the tiger starts pacing in it’s cage or exhibiting other behaviour that is not normally observed in tigers.

Sometimes I wonder if this celebrity obsession is a stereotypical behaviour in humans. After all, thanks to technology, we are now more productive and therefore have more time on our hands. So maybe this somewhat unhealthy obsession with what people are doing and who they are sleeping with is an effect of that…in case someone has any more knowledge about this, I am interested in getting to know 🙂

But now, I will carry on with life wondering how this obsession can exist and how the $20 million + could have been used for better purposes than printing some photographs in a magazine…


Written by clueso

June 13, 2008 at 12:10 am

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  1. and you thought the Ambanis weren’t excessive? 😀


    July 2, 2008 at 10:33 am

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