Why Fame Can Be a Nightmare

April 16, 2021

Self-annihilation is a constituent part of many celebrity careers. While some actors or singers slide smoothly from one success to another, hardly pausing for the occasional misadventure, others are ruined, occasionally by others but much more usually by their own devices. Frankie Lymon’s...

The Kardashians Changed Everything

September 09, 2020

They say money makes the world go round, but Kim Kardashian West surely chooses its direction. She seems to be able to do pretty much anything. Over the past 14 years, since the launch of “Keeping Up With The Kardashians,” Kim and her family have become some of the most influential people in...

There Is No Escaping Coronavirus Advice from Celebs

April 11, 2020

“Once Upon a Time in the World” is a story set in a parallel universe in which the world has been gripped by a ghastly virus that threatens to decimate planet Earth’s population. All humans can do in this universe is hide themselves away from the deadly infective agent that attaches itself...

With Another Suicide, Has Reality TV Run Its Course?

May 15, 2019

The suicides linked with The Jeremy Kyle Show and the similarly unscripted Love Island have occasioned a debate over the effects of reality television. Imagine pitching an idea for a show to a TV executive in, say, 2000: “I want to gather a bunch of people who are multi-dysfunctional and sit...

Did Bill Maher Show Disrespect for Stan Lee?

November 20, 2018

The late Stan Lee’s brave defenders attack the evil Bill Maher for disrespecting their narcissism. The Daily Devil's Dictionary explains. No personality in US entertainment more eagerly accepts the risks caused by stating his opinion than comedian Bill Maher. He’s a humorist who trades in...

Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee: The Legend Who Created Legends

November 18, 2018

In this opinion piece, Knowledge@Wharton’s technology and media editor, Kendall Whitehouse, looks back at the career of comic book writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee, who passed away at age 95. Stan Lee was the most famous individual in the history of comic books — a testament to his...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Rock Music “Canon”

September 07, 2018

The Pythagorean “music of the spheres” has evolved into the economic sphere of marketable sounds. Writing for The Guardian, Michael Hann explores the question of the meaning of modern commercial music, especially in the Anglophone West. In his piece, “Bland on Blonde: why the old rock...

What Explains Our Fascination with Celebrities?

August 18, 2018

We are social beings who need close supportive contact with others for both psychological and physical health. Interest in celebrities, as part of a broader preoccupation with the culture of entertainment, has infiltrated almost every aspect of life in modern society. Although interest in...

The Daily Devil’s Dictionary: Jimmy Kimmel, Sean Hannity and “Hatefulness”

April 10, 2018

Jimmy Kimmel (kind of) apologized for insulting the foreign accent of Melania Trump, America’s first lady. Two television celebrities in the US — Sean Hannity of Fox News and Jimmy Kimmel, a late-night talk show host — used their respective platforms last week to clash in a particularly...

How Black Panther Sees the World

April 08, 2018

The film contrasts aloof isolationism with Gates Foundation-style paternalism. It unfairly paints more revolutionary alternatives as narrowly violent. Donald Trump has now assembled a cabinet of men that have elevated violence to a supreme virtue at home and abroad. Men like Mike Pompeo, John...

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