Thursday, February 08, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith dead at 39 ... why do we care?

Anna Nicole Smith has died in Florida. She was 39, and the cause of her death isn't known.

The Texas girl was a Playboy Playmate, reality TV star, jeans model, mother, billionaire's widow, a stripper and ... well, there are other descriptions of Anna Nicole's celebrity but they are all similar: She seems to have been famous only for being famous. The story of her death will likely be on my newspaper's front page tomorrow.

I don't mean this disrespectfully, but more to start a conversation: Why do we care so much what happened to Anna Nicole Smith?

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

ANA NICOLE SMITH FOUND DEAD
Anna Nicole Smith's 15-Minutes Of Fame Is Over!

Anonymous said...

Ana who? I'm afraid I haven't been paying attention.
Cill

Love, Rita said...

I don't think "care" is just the right descriptor. I think that we are more curious than concerned. We would all like to know what it was like to be fabulously wealthy and famous. I don't think we envied her, either--I know I didn't--but we were fascinated by her fast and furious lifestyle.

I felt sorry for her baby girl as soon as she was born. That kind of person (the Anna Nicole kind) would have NO parenting skills, anyway. Nannies would likely be raising her. But, it's very sad that now she will only be able to read about her mom in back issues of Playboy...

Anonymous said...

In the previous comment I meant that I choose not to pay attention to her. Do people know who she is because she is in the media or is she in the media because people know who she is?
Cill

Ron Franscell said...

The San Francisco Chronicle's columnist CW Nevius said, in part:

"'It was the combination of Bacchus meets Venus, totally eroticized,' says Robert Thompson, a professor of popular culture at Syracuse University. 'She was just such a great kind of cultural jester.'"

"And yet, as clownish as Smith could appear, there is no denying the collective sympathetic gasp that swept the nation Thursday -- especially among women of about her age -- upon the news that the 39-year-old celebrity had collapsed and died in a Florida hotel room."


To see the whole column, go here

Jill said...

Ever notice that certain "icon" types die "beore their time". Marilyn, Jayne Mansfield, Jean Harlow, Elvis, Princess Diana. Maybe God is trying to teach us all that fame,wealth etc is not going to last. Why are we attracted to these people?

Jana said...

Sad to see this morning that her mother the media hound was on the news about 5 minutes after Ana's body was found.
Surprising (huh?) that another media sensation dies violenty choking on vomit in a motel room. She got SO skinny and the media said it was some diet concoction, yep - bet it was - but doubt it was something sold at GNC.

Anonymous said...

If you believe in the concept of the Old Testament God, the idea of vengeance, it seems appropos that, once she'd gotten her money, once she had men fighting over her and her baby, once she'd seemingly achieved all she wanted, she dies before she really gets to enjoy it. Women like her are embarrassing to those of us who get what we have by working for it, not by sleeping with rich guys and exploiting ourselves.

newsmanbook.com said...

The news media feeding frenzy was disgusting. It just further convinces me that the news business has gone to hell.