I had thought I had got used to the fact that what passes for ‘celebrity’ in modern 21st century Britain means someone who has simply been on TV a couple of times.
Get yourself on a TV reality program and you can climb up the celebrity career ladder faster than a socialist politician can dole out other people’s money to undeserving causes.
For today’s home-grown TV celebrity there is one other asset which will really help you make a name for yourself; you really have to be seriously stupid and be prepared to wear your ignorance like a badge of honor.
Let me give you an example in the form of 23-year-old Essex boy Kirk Norcross, a nightclub promoter who first appeared in a British reality TV show called “The Only Way is Essex” which:
“shows real people in modified situations, saying unscripted lines but in a structured way,”
whatever that means.
As a result of appearing in that show he then got invited to appear on another British reality show “Celebrity Big Brother” where he gets to appear nightly on our TV screens alongside a whole bunch of other celebs I had previously never heard of either.
It was during an episode of Celebrity Big Brother that Kirk was given a task where he had to identify five foreign countries on a map of the world.
The producers, clearly realizing that Kirk was a little bit thick, also allowed him to pinpoint Essex on a map which he did, but not without some struggle.
The countries he had to try to identify were:
- South Africa
- Australia and
Here is how he got on:
- He thought both the U.S.A. and Canada were in Russia.
- He believed South Africa was somewhere in eastern Canada.
- He struggled for a long time over Australia before deciding it was in South Africa.
- Finally he thought Jamaica was in South America.
Kirk’s fellow housemates held their heads in their hands and looked on in amazement as he failed to identify where even one of the countries was on a map but he just thought the whole thing was one big laugh.
I suppose on one level this is sort of amusing but it is not so funny when we think that people like Kirk are role models for many in the UK these days.
Ignorance is now something which we celebrate and even aspire to as long as it will get us on TV.
There really can be very little chance of this country getting back on its feet when a large sections of society aspire to being a celebrity just like Kirk.