Now We All Walk the Red Carpet, 24/7

Internet means you can't control fame
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2009 6:17 PM CST
Katie Holmes and her daughter Suri Cruise watch the Los Angeles Galaxy play Chelsea.   (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
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(Newser) – Calling all celebs on the red carpet tonight: No one cares about your work! In our society, it's all about the gawking, Robin Givhan writes in the Washington Post. Our cleavage and style-gaffe lust goes far beyond the Golden Globes, too. It's driven by YouTube, Facebook, paparazzi, and any sorry sucker—or skier—who gets snapped in an awkward pose. "We have all become celebrities of a sort," Givhan writes.

Worst of all are publicists devoted to promoting brands sported by unwittingly-famous children, from Suri Cruise to Sasha Obama. Then there are those who court attention but can’t spin it right, like Roland Burris in his rain-soaked appearance on Capitol Hill. He should have hired a stylist, writes Givhan: “The first rule in image management, after all, is: Whatever happens, never let them catch you with your pants down."