I wish to propose to insert a new word into the English lexicon:
celebronuptiophobia -- n. the fear of marriages between two people with high mass media profile
Why? I think we need it. With the arrival of "reality TV", I think that the traditional barrier between the image and the reality of the lives of famous people is starting to break down in some seriously scary ways. There will be a backlash, and it won't be pretty. I think that celebronuptiophobia is only one of those ways... and we better start naming these things now.
To prove this point, I think we need only look at the media obsession with the couple of the moment: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes ("the TomKat"). I can't seem to turn around these days without hearing something about these two. Print. Television. Internet. It's all TomKat, all, nearly all the time. I find that Mrs. Geek and I talk about them with each other, and then we share our observations with friends. It is impossible to escape the nascent cult of personality surrounding these two.
I already feel that part of my brain is starting to rebel and say "to hell with it". I feel that if Katie Holmes wants to marry a man who seems to choose a new wife who is at least 10 years younger than his last wife, great! If she wants to do it while grabbing
two tin cans attached to a pastel-colored ohm-meter in the name self improvement, even better!
Oops... did I really say that out loud? I guess so.
on 2005-07-06 at 3:25 p.m.
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