Blair: years. Entertainment: weak.

We have been waiting so long. Ten years, in fact. At times it seemed it would never end, the waiting, hoping, praying. But now it seems it is over. The sun has broken through the clouds and all of Britain can sigh with relief as all our hopes, dreams and desires over the last dark decade are beautifully met with one simple announcement that came last week:

The Spice Girls are reforming. I don’t mean they are going to stop all the drinking, drugging and seal-clubbing (honestly I have no idea if any of that is true) and become good Calvinists. I mean as a ‘music’ group they are going to get back together to make melody and money. Naturally the media showed a typically warped set of priorities by almost letting that news be eclipsed by Tony Blair stepping down as Prime Minister. Almost.

There were the obvious criticisms as people looked back over ten years of influence. Certainly many lives in Britain had been improved, but could we really forget and forgive the devastating cost? I’m not even sure if I am talking about Blair or the Old Spice Girls (corporate sponsorship: sometimes it is a good idea) anymore. No matter. Celebrities ARE more important than real news, as MSNBC news anchor Mika Brzezinski found out last week. Her producers wanted the lead news story to be about Paris Hilton (the cheap heiress not the expensive hotel) rather than about Iraq and the war on terror. Brzezinski did not, and said so on air, eventually tearing/burning/shredding her script. Unprofessional? Perhaps. Amusing for her less serious-minded male colleagues who engaged in angry-woman-baiting? Certainly. A sad indictment of the state of journalism in a world where television and shopping have replaced democracy, spirituality and critical thought? I think so. A watershed in responsible journalism? Um, is Paris a Catholic?

So if that incident just shifted media focus from ‘that spoiled brat heiress,’ to: ‘that crazy news anchor chick’, what should Christians care about? Another vile and evil Harry Potter movie, that’s what. Last week saw the latest Potter film, Harry Potter and the Child Actors Who Didn’t Grow Up As Pretty As They Started open in Japan to wild adulation. Steve Wohlberg, bestselling author of Exposing Harry Potter and Witchcraft: The Menace Beneath the Magic (I didn’t make that one up), was reported last week as saying that the films and books promote Wicca (or teenage girl- / frustrated housewife-magic to you and I) among young people. By that logic the series should be boycotted by Christians. I’m not so sure. JK Rowling’s books are very popular among children who read nothing else. With the advent of the Hollywood versions of the books, I think Harry Potter should be applauded for getting kids off the streets and out of libraries and into the cinema.

Other entertainment news last week involved criticisms from bands and promoters of the upcoming Live Earth climate change awareness concerts as being ‘pointless’. And fair enough. With no concrete political goals and the extent of little things you can do to make the world a better place’ extending to changing your lightbulbs and turning down your heating (rather than, say, consuming less and putting political pressure on government to increase penalties on massive industrial polluters and invest military budgets in developing cleaner power and transport) the event seems less than serious. Bob Geldoff, organizer of Live Aid and Live 8, called it ‘a waste of time’. He did not take the opportunity to campaign for adopting endangered species as celebrities have been doing on British tv, which is a shame really. ‘Give us your *#@% monkey’ has such a ring to it.


One Response

  1. Will they be performing at the global warming concerts?

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