adj : marked by excessive enthusiasm for and intense
devotion to a cause or idea; “rabid isolationist” [syn:
fanatical, overzealous, rabid]

One thing that I haven’t really been able to understand is the star worship and idolization of sports stars, actors, etc. I mean, in theory yeah, but not in real life, I just don’t get it.

There are several television and movie stars that I appreciate the work of, but reading some message board postings lately about what one would do upon meeting has caused me to get a little…worried.

People would break down in tears, faint, stutter, go crazy. I mean, yeah, I understand that. People can through themselves or their roles change you and your outlook on life. But if I were to meet some great movie star, I can’t really think of anything terribly interesting that I would do. I mean, I’ve seen or been in physical proximity to a few prominent stars at various times, but I’ve never felt any kind of crazy urging or longing to approach them. I just can’t think what I would do.

If I were to meet my current television obsession (whom I will not name here, because I’m not a crazy obsessed person, just moderately obsessed, and I don’t want people to start making fun of me… 😛 ) I would probably stand in the back of the room, think to myself, “ah yes self, that is indeed the person. I know who she is,” and then sulk off. Because I’d feel bad invading her space just to fawn. I mean, yeah, telling people you like their work is always nice, but at some point it feels, at least to me, to be unfair. When I give a speech, or act, or whatever, and then people come up to me and congratulate me, I feel awkward and embarrassed. Maybe its just me, but I don’t want to risk that other people might feel that way.

If I do end up with any sort of Hollywood internship, I’m sure I’ll be left with lots of fun stories and experiences, but none of them will involve breaking down in tears upon seeing a celebrity. Because that would just be really weird…

I like it a lot better when someone comes up out of the blue and recognizes me and tells me that I’ve affected them in some way, even if it is only through their use of my search engine or one of my writings or whatever. That is cool. I mean, I’m still embarrassed, but that is cool. But only when its heartfelt, occasional, and, well….

I dunno, I can’t really describe the difference. Sometimes a person can be having a not-so-good day, and something like that could cheer said person up. But when its excessive, it seems like it would lose some of its charm and appeal.

Wow…I’ve really gone on for a whole page about this. I should really go take a shower now.

In other news: my laptop has finally gotten back to me. The screen is fixed, but the Ethernet port is broken, so I can no longer get online. Someone at Apple is going to (metaphorically) DIE!!!

2 replies on “Fanatics”

  1. I think it would be really cool to walk past a celebrity while saying, "Keep up the good work" or something similarly kind, but to never lose your stride. To make the celebrity feel good, and make them have the inclination to turn and see who you were and ask your name. I’m sure I’d never do it, but I think it would be cool.

  2. Yeah, I’ll try that if it ever happens. That is probably what I would do. No fawning, just recognition.

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