Divorce in Hollywood is rampant, but the lure of big bucks is causing stars and their spouses to behave shamelessly. It seems we have reached a new low in our attacks against each other and this is a scary trend. This bashing also goes on in politics. Mitt Romney accuses President Obama of causing people to lose their homes. The Obama camp counters with accusations that Mitt caused people to lose their life savings. It goes on so much these days that we are desensitized as a nation.
Hollywood is viewed as a different kind of place where infidelity, money woes, and wild behavior is accepted because it has always gone hand -in-hand with celebrity. However, the stories are increasingly bizarre, and each case seems to reach for a lower bar of acceptability. Take the lastest Kardashian divorce between Kim Kardashian and Kris Humpries. Apparently, after spending millions on an elaborate wedding, televised and watched by many, Kim and Kris split after 72 days of wedded bliss. Many said it was a staged wedding for publicity for the show 'Keeping Up with the Kardashians'. Now Kris is holding up the divorce because of big publicity.
TMZ reported this week that Kris refuses to settle the divorce. He has yet to depose Kim even though the hearing is set for today. After all, Kris made hundreds of thousands of dollars off of the show as well as the wedding special, yet he is dragging his feet. Maybe he is afraid to drift into the oblivion of just another over-paid basketball player.
In another high-profile divorce, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, Tom was accused of settling the divorce so soon because he was not sure what secrets would be revealed about his religion, Scientology. In fact, it was suggested that this religion is more of a cult than anything else. Scientologists were outraged at this accusation when the tabloids followed stories of people who were supposedly 'brainwashed' by this religion. It was even inferred that Tom tried mind control on Katie because he wanted her surrounded by Scientologists who would protect her from 'undesirables'.
Of course, the news took a turn when these two settled fast under the guise of protecting their daughter, Suri. When the stories dried up, so did the reporting. The problem with following and reporting on every nuance of celebrities' lives is that people are eating it up. We are a nation obssessed with mindless social media that reports on everything trivial from what you had for breakfast to who is breaking up in Hollywood. When people get bored with this constant barage of reporting the trials and tribulations of stars, maybe a sense of normalcy will return. That looks doubtful now. As long as stars are making millions off of divorce and publicity, the reporters will be there to cover it. We need to turn off the need to know what Kim and Kris are doing. Who really cares, anyway? Oh yes, we do.