CotB’s mild afternoon was interrupted yesterday when a friend called to announce the sad death of Heath Ledger.
It certainly is a tragic loss to the entertainment world, but it’s also so sadly typical of the entertainment world. While the circumstances of his death aren’t clear just yet, dying face down on your bed surrounded by pills is fairly indicative of someone who needed a reality check.
The celebration of Heath Ledger
A million bloggers today will tell us that Heath was likely surrounded by a band of yes-men who made it their lot in life to give him all he wanted. They pushed too far, gave too much junk to him and cared too little about the consequences. They will blame those yes-men for Heath’s death.
If Heath’s death is pinned on an overdose, blame Heath. He’s the one that gave in to the angst and depression that sets in on so many celebrities.
The value of celebrity
Perhaps the celebrity world is too vast for me to comprehend, but when you’ve got that much money, fame and status, life shouldn’t be too bad. You should humbly thank your lucky stars that you don’t have to worry about the little things in life.
But instead, so many celebrities seem unable to handle fame and fortune. They get angsty and bitter. Their life, in all its glory, is only something to loathe. Somehow all that success is intolerable. Somehow all the gawkers are annoying. Somehow the presence of that photographer is just too much.
Yep, celebrity comes at price, but not one that’s measured in dollars. You get money for nothing when you’re a celebrity. No, the price comes when angst builds up. The depression sets in and the resentment rides high.
Maybe it’s time for us — the little folk who only get to see the Heath Ledgers of the world on the movie screen — to just stop caring about these people. No more watercooler discussions. Cancel “Access Hollywood” and send the the paparazzi home.
We’d all be better for it — even the celebrities.