VM book spoilers ahead..
I’m not sure how I feel about the Veronica Mars book. I mean, as a whole, it was perfect Veronica. But certain aspects have left me feeling a little ‘eh.’ Like, as in Hunter, the brother. Eh. Really? I can accept Lianne coming back and the roller coaster that is that relationship, but the introduction of a brother for Veronica who she may end up responsible for is… weird?
Also, is anyone else worried about Logan’s well being? The last we heard from him, he’d lost internet connection in the middle of who knows where. We couldn’t check in with him one more time? And, really, how is Veronica going to deal with Logan having a career that could repeatedly tear them apart for months?
I need more.
Children and teens diagnosed with ASD are too often the targets of pernicious and vile bullying. How to deal with it is something I discuss with all my patients with diagnoses on the spectrum, and it’s a topic we discuss nearly every day with our son, Frankie.
As much as I loved the Veronica Mars Movie, I really want the next installment to be a Netflix series. They can go the British route and just do 6 eps. That would be fantastic. Can we get a petition for Netflix to do that? And ask Showtime very politely to allow KB to do it?
Let me preface this by saying that I am a 30 year old woman. I’m single and I do not have kids. I am also nowhere in the realm of famous or celebrity status.
I am part of the social media scene. I have facebook, twitter, and tumblr. I admit that I like to follow pop culture. I’ve been an avid television fan since I was a tween. Currently I’m pretty invested in the Veronica Mars re-launch (here’s hoping I get to PaleyFest!) and I love to post to twitter about my other favorite TV shows. And, yeah, I get excited if I get a reply from my favorite actors. But do you know what I don’t understand when I scroll through tumblr or twitter or facebook? Paparazzi photos. I honestly never have. Do we really care what a “celebrity” is wearing while they pump gas? And why do we care that they are pumping gas anyway? I mean really? What is gained by being so intrusive into the lives of someone who has chosen the career of acting? Or singing for that matter?
Recently Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell took to twitter asking consumers and magazines alike to stop purchasing photos of celebrity children that have been acquired by the same Paparazzi. It honestly seems like a pretty simple request. The child of a celebrity in no way has chosen to be famous. They haven’t been introduced to TMZ. What he or she has been told, though, is that Mom and Dad (not Veronica Mars or Crosby Braverman!) are supposed to protect him or her from things that are uncomfortable, unfamiliar, scary, and traumatizing. 12 guys with cameras screaming at a 6, 8, 10 month old? Or yelling at Mom and Dad? I’m guessing that’s a pretty frightening thing. It certainly would be a scary thing to have 12 guys outside my office window doing that.
I admit, however, even though I’m a big fan of both Kristen (I cannot count how many times I’ve re-watched Veronica Mars) and Dax (Hit and Run is one of my all-time favorite movies and, hello, Parenthood!), I found the quest to be a bit obnoxious at first. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t agree with their cause, it’s that I didn’t know how they’d ever create change in such a celebrity-curious society. After all, celebrity is a business and media likes its money, right? But then… then some entertainment entities actually began adopting new policies. People, NBC, ET, Inside Edition, Just Jared… they all agreed to change. I was quickly put in my place and admittedly impressed by what I was seeing happening with media. Rock on Dax and Kristen. They really were creating the change they wanted to see in the world.
Not to sound like a stalker, but I’ve followed some of Dax Shepard and Kristen Bell’s conversations on twitter with followers in regards to their No Kids Policy. The fact of the matter is that some of the responses they are getting are absolutely absurd. Like I said, I don’t have kids, but I am human and feel human compassion comes pretty naturally. I also have young nieces and nephews whose safety means the world to me. So I just don’t understand when it became okay for regular Joe’s like me to be allowed access to every little thing a celebrity does as if that celebrity isn’t also a living, breathing human with a choice. Why is it okay for strange men with cameras to skulk outside a park or school taking pictures of a kid, even if that kid is the child of a celebrity? And to actually get paid for taking that photo? If that happened to a “normal” kid, wouldn’t that photographer be arrested? If I was a teacher, I’d be calling the cops.
A common theme in responses to Dax and Kristen is that they’re famous, so it should be expected. Why? Because they chose acting as a career? I don’t understand. Now, I’m not an actor, so I don’t know what paperwork is involved when you become “famous” but I highly doubt these people sign on a dotted line that suddenly exempts them from a private life. The career they chose shouldn’t affect whether or not they start a family. And it shouldn’t affect being able to raise a child in normalcy.
Look, as your average Joe, I do enjoy when Kristen Bell and other favorites do television or print interviews. I enjoy seeing what they wear to fancy red carpet events. I like tweets that let us see into “the other side.” As an average Joe, it’s very cool when they ALLOW it. But you know, honestly, I don’t need to know that Jennifer Lawrence ate a bagel for breakfast. Or didn’t, because, carbs! I don’t need photographic proof that Kristen Bell walked from her house to her car so she could go to work. Last time I checked I did the same thing to get to my job and, frankly, it’s a pretty boring 30 second walk.
I just think it’s ridiculous what our society thinks it’s entitled to. And it’s literally insane what some do to get it. As an entertainment consumer, I would be 100% satisfied if paparazzi didn’t exist in any fashion. Because unless Dax Shepard is an alien, I already know he and his baby are just like me. I don’t need to spend $3.99 on Star Magazine to get that breaking news.
I’m not famous, so I don’t know why I felt the urge to write a 2 page essay on the paparazzi. I guess I just don’t understand how others think sometimes. And, I suppose, this is just a long-winded way of saying I support Dax and Kristen in their fight for change in the entertainment world.
PS – Don’t forget to watch Parenthood Thursday night!
PPS – Veronica Mars Movie in 3 days!