it’s the kiss of death for a celebrity that is long past her or his prime: being ignored, or worse, being mocked.
Madonna, now 59-year old, is that embarrassing icon of 80s music that lost her relevance twenty years ago, but refused to go quietly into producing other artists or cultivating wine on a French estate, etc. She tried to drum up support for Hillary Clinton’s Presidential bid. She was quoted saying some incredibly stupid, sexually explicit things. She has been mocked for at least three years by radio stations in the U.K. and their music awards. Do the Millennials even know who she was? And apparently this week she put herself out on Twitter in a bid that she may regret more than being forgotten, being mercilessly mocked.
Nicholas Cage. I generally watched his movies for the co-stars’ performances. Even the cars were more watchable.
Mel Gibson. Memorable movies. Memorable characters. And then …. in person, a drunk, a bigot, given to tirades, abuse …..
Lindsay Lohan. Mostly a celebrity for being such a human trainwreck.
For musicians ever since the music video fame is measured in months it seems. A casual search on the internet revealed a whole lot of “irrelevant” performers who apparently rose and then flamed out in the last five or ten years. Rita Ora is one according to one critic. I never heard of any of them.
And of course, my “fan fave”, William Hung, the rejected American Idol of 2004 who became an internet sensation for his lack of singing talent. But he’s a successful motivational speaker now