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Cold Shoulder for Cole

November 10, 2010

Only a few weeks ago millions watched her break down in tears over her husbands infidelity, now, Cheryl Cole is the villain at the centre of an angry backlash over X-Factor fixing allegations.  The love affair with the nation’s sweetheart appears to have turned sour.

The whole debacle says more about the increasingly fickle nature of our feelings towards celebrities than Cole herself. The evolution of media and our desire for a constant feed of information has seeped into our behaviours like an intravenous drip. Our patience is waning, and with it our tolerance for those who wobble and occasionally slip from the pedestals of fame that we’ve created.

We like them when they play by our rules, and as long as our fascination holds up (Wagner…err…Jedward?!) but we are reluctant to give them more than their 15 minutes in the spotlight. It reminds me of a royal court being entertained by jesters. Waving them away with a dismissive turn of the hand when they no longer satisfy our appetites.

Us Britons excel at setting ridiculously high expectations for the people we idolise and mercilessly mock them when they inevitably fail to rise to them.  And all because it makes us feel so much better about our own shortcomings.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. chris Whitehouse permalink
    November 12, 2010 6:59 pm

    This behaviour by both the media and the public is nothing new Sara. David Beckham has been at the forefront of media backlashes for years…the infamous kicking incident in the World Cup years ago turned n entire nation against him.

    The irony about the whole situation is not that we create the standards, but they themselves do….Beckham with his actual ability and his desire to be in the spotlight and Cole’s antics in the spotlight haven’t helped her case either. She’s happy enough to be in the spotlight when it suits her or she’s something to sell us…new single, new tv show etc etc. Yet when it goes wrong – we’re to blame for the backlash? I doubt it. She’s happy enough to play by the rules that SHE’s set…not us. My two cents anyway.

    • November 12, 2010 7:07 pm

      I agree the behaviour isn’t new but I think its accelerated and perhaps become more vicious. They do have to take the rough with the smooth so to speak, but I suspect we too are now far more demanding as a nation. (Thanks for commenting – I got very excited that someone bothered! :D)

  2. chris Whitehouse permalink
    November 12, 2010 9:33 pm

    I think you’re right about it becoming more accelerated but isn’t that just a product of our society – our MTV generation. You remember being younger? Nothing was available as quickly as it is now…with the speed of the internet etc etc. The flip side of that is that things have to die quicker (trends, habits and celebrity careers). What’s ironic is that we created it, fed it to ourselves and now demand it more. Jesus I can’t remember the last I read properly – which is dangerous.

    I like your writing though, it’s nice to see someone actually thinking about the world they live in. Happy to comment too :0)

    C

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