Saturday, November 11, 2006

Where are the heroes in Hollywood anymore?

The last week or so, we've seen at least two celebrity couples filing for divorce. The breakup of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline is not really all that surprising -- although they've become the butt of so many jokes that it seemed inevitable that they were going to part ways. Coming as it does just weeks after the birth of their second child, however, I am wondering if either is thinking straight or if they've realized they can't cope with being parents period. Seems to me that childbearng is an inevitable consequence of getting married -- or living together period. There are always going to be people who hate Spears for no reason whatsoever but if getting away from K-Fed helps her career it might not be a bad thing.

It's the breakdown of the marriage of Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillipe that is the real tragedy in my estimation. They too have a couple kids between them but it appeared that they were the kind of couple that was weathering the storm of Hollywood, managing to stick together. I thought that maybe this was the "working couple" of the new generation, making it work like some other long-term power couples in Lalaland, perhaps the most famous being Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Unfortunately, it seems, at least one of the couple was unfaithful -- repeatedly. Some kind of role model, eh?

If people in general want to know why I am so cynical about life in general, it has a lot to do with the lack of role models in the entertainment industry; who seem to think the rules of faithfulness and commitment to one's family don't apply to them or should take precedence over their careers. If they even bothered to try, the divorce rate in the rest of the population -- and its attendant consequences in terms of court costs as well as mental health -- would drop a fair bit.

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