And We Care Why?

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un and former NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman hug in Pyongyang

The “Worm” recently visited North Korea and partied with Kim Jong (insert suffix here).  And I wonder…who the hell cares that a washed up former NBA rebound specialist visited a communist despot?

Seriously, why do we care about this?  Why did this visit warrant an appearance on a Sunday morning “news” program?

I honestly don’t know why Rodman was there, under what circumstances, or any of the details, beyond the fact that he was there.  Know why?  I don’t give a rats ass…that’s why kids.  And I encourage you not to care too!  See…isn’t this fun boys and girls.  You can try it at home…here’s how:

Every time a self-styled “celebrity” or person of interest (in their own mind) does something newsworthy…simply ignore it.  Don’t comment on it, don’t blog it, don’t tweet it, don’t  frickin’ acknowledge it.  That way students, these Donald Trump’s of the world will garner no more attention.  They have done nothing other than utter outrageous sentiments or act in an immature, socially boorish manner.  Here’s a thought…let’s stop rewarding this “Reality TV” behavior.

I know I’m speaking heretically here, especially to those of you who think “Honey Boo Boo” is important social commentary, but I ask you to step outside your trailer (cut me some slack, it’s a metaphor), head down to the local library, and check out a book for God’s sake.  You might find there are more important issues that we should be focusing on in this world.  Issues of economy, politics, social engagement and compassion, cultural divisions and the bridges we can build to overcome them.

But WTF do I know…my thoughts don’t gain a “share” in Nielsen’s world and I’m not selling soap so I’ll just crawl into my corner and shut up….

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About Conversations With The Moon

Divorced father of two amazing young adults. College student, plodding away at a liberal arts degree. Formerly a Fire Captain and Paramedic. Dabbler in fashion. Liberal. Believer in Karma. View all posts by Conversations With The Moon

4 responses to “And We Care Why?

  • kingmidget

    I know as much about Rodman’s visit as you do and I can’t help but think he’s now Exhibit A in North Korean schools about why the West, America, and capitalism are bad things.

  • Michelle Proulx

    I agree with you in that we give “celebrities” like Honey Boo Boo way too much attention. But I think the point of this “Worm” person meeting Kim Jong Un, and why everyone’s getting worked up about it, is because it’s KIM JONG UN. Crazy dictator of North Korea. And this guy’s not some random celebrity — he’s got control over millions of lives, he’s in charge of an entire country, and he will possibly at some point in the future have nukes. He is someone we should pay attention to, if at the very least to keep track of what he’s up to. And I personally find this news item very interesting, because KJU partying with a non-North-Korean indicates he doesn’t hate everyone who’s not North Korean. This means he might be a bit more open than his father, again at some point in the future, to some sort of negotiations or settlement, or even a lasting peace. Who knows?

    That turned into more of a rant than I expected. Apologies! I guess I’m basically saying that yes, we shouldn’t encourage celebrities by giving them all our attention and adoration, but at the same time we need to keep in the loop about what people with actual power are up to.

    • Conversations With The Moon

      Thanks for the reply Michelle. Completely agree that KJU (spoken in my darkest Cheney voice) is worth watching. My angle was more towards Rodman, but I guess the fact that “Un” had an interaction with an American of some notoriety is newsworthy. I guess I just would have preferred that American to be someone with a little more credibility. But then again, that person probably doesn’t visit N.Korea….

      At the end of the day, my post was bemoaning that fact that we give bandwidth to some of these inconsequential knuckleheads…and immediately after I posted I found myself pleading guilty 🙂

      • Michelle Proulx

        Hahaha I didn’t even think of that! I guess even a post about not paying attention to celebrities is the same as giving them attention, isn’t it? Why does the universe make it so hard for us to win???

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