Don’t hate: celebrity gossip isn’t dumb- it’s vital escapism | Michael Arceneaux

Every time celebrities feud, there are those who stand up and has declared that they dont care that its not important. Those people should shut up

Whenever some seismic event in pop culture is going down some conflict or drama is violating the internet theres always a contingent insisting that there are more important things to care about than the amusement narrative du jour.

If you are one of these folks, allow me the honor of say to you that youre annoying, condescending and a self-important jackass. You know, the Ted Cruz of everything outside of politics. The same runs for those who feel compelled to announce that they dont am worried about whatever pop culture moment is happening at the time. If I had a big batch of cookies ideally, actually stale ones Id throw it at them and foster the group to eat their treats as slowly as is practicable so that they are able to each can enjoy “members attention” theyre so clearly seeking.

The first complaint there are more important things to care about grates most on my nerves. Its not like fans are claiming that Taylor Swift v Kimye is the most seismic event in history. If anyone tells as much, they are probably headline novelists at amusement media sites employing hyperbole to get the clicks that will keep them employed.

Also, in a year like 2016, which is drowning in melancholy, violence and strife, maybe merely maybe some of us require a transgres. Some of us want to enjoy a little bit of frivolity in these emotionally trying times. If you are black and living in America, you are subject to constant reminders that those who look like you are unjustly dying at the hands of the state, typically without any consequences for their killers. As if that werent enough, this year has also brought the death of legends like Prince and Bowie in addition to Donald J Trumps so-far-successful candidacy.

To that objective, do some of us want to laugh at dragging Taylor Swift on a Sunday evening? Or cackle at Blac Chyna scoring one up on that entire household by locking down the only boy of the bunch? Or be entranced by whatever Beyonc is doing at any second of the day? Youre damn right we do. We require that escapism badly.

And for those who claim, aloud and publicly , not to care about the internets latest boyfriend: why? Do you think that attains you special? It doesnt. Are you under the impression it builds you sound smarter than the rest of us? That is not the case. What is your point in pointing out that you dont care? Playing the role of spoiler or pedant or petulant child upset that they cant relate isnt a remotely interesting addition to the rollicking celebrity discussion.

Let people have their fun. Allow people to dive into the silly and superficial to the purposes of their own sanity or for the simple fact that gasp they actually care about culture. If you dont, set a starring on your snout and run into a wall before you ever again feel compelled to announce your unsolicited disdain. We dont care that you dont care. Dont distract us from the important things those get us through each grim day.

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