There is no doubt that celebrities are in their own world and their own reality for the most part, but when they decide to interact in a strange and lewd way just to garner publicity while overshadowing a particular event, then there is no doubt that they have gone too far. This was the particular case a little over a week ago when Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, better known to people without taste in music as “Lady Gaga”, showed up to a New York Yankees game dressed more appropriately for a strip club and got drunkenly sloppy.
She showed up to the Yankees game in nothing more than a loose Yankees jersey, lingerie and fishnet stockings. To make matters worse, she became incoherent after she had consumed too many alcoholic beverages. After the game she had stumbled down to New York’s clubhouse and sweet talked her way through security, who then allowed her access to the Major League Baseball team.
Big city life must be a lot different from the city that I had called home for almost three decades, Detroit. There you have celebrities like Kid Rock, Bob Segar, Tim Allen, Tom Selleck and such that show up to the game, not for the attention but because they are actually interested in what is going on. Hell, the celebrity at a Detroit Tigers, Lions, Pistons or Red Wings game is the fan that can afford to double-fist a pair of beers. We are envious of that man. That just goes to show the difference in cultures.
In cities such as New York and Los Angeles, you can see a celebrity on any given night showing up to a sporting event with obvious signs of not knowing a thing about the game. I am not talking about the Jack Nicholson’s of the world who is a renown Los Angeles Lakers freak. I am talking about celebrities such as Lady Gaga who have the simple minds to have them think that the world is a better place when everyone is paying attention to them.
Maybe I am in the minority here, but I don’t find Lada Gaga appealing in the least sense to my eyes, yet she parades around everywhere including celebrity appearance after celebrity appearance on television shows looking like white trash and thinking that she is the hottest thing since sliced bread. She’s not, but who can blame her though as we allow her to do it, extending her 15-minutes of fame into a much longer time frame.
While she is swallowing up endorsements and taking in ticket sales everywhere she goes, our morality is lessened a bit by bit. If I were sitting at a sporting event next to someone who was acting like her, I would think that she was acting like an idiot and most fans would probably agree. Yet you allow a celebrity to do the same and people get a kick out of it as if it is ok to act like a child. I don’t think it is ok, and to be quite honest it was great to see the Yankees general manager Brian Cashman ban Gaga from the clubhouse.
In today’s society, we are all looking for a release from the reality of everyday life. That is why people pay good money to see a great game such as baseball. But when someone is parading their undergarments around in public whimsically at a stadium that is filled with adults as well as minors, their family and friends need to pull them to the side and remind them of the ignorance that they were displaying. While it may fall on deaf ear, it still has to be done.
Perhaps the only way to really get their attention is to do actual bans if they act as Lady Gaga had. “Oh you want to show off your breasts? Here you go, you are no longer welcome here for 10 years.” While that may not deter all of the celebrities from acting a fool, it would drastically cut down the idiocies that are increasing at the games. Ask Jerry Seinfeld what he thinks about Lady Gaga’s actions. In fact, I will bring them to you courtesy of ESPN.
“I’m not one of these all-publicity-is-good people,” Seinfeld said on WFAN. “People talk about you need exposure — you could die of exposure … I don’t understand how this is good for her, but I’m sure she understands her milieu better than I ever could.” He then goes on to say, “I can’t believe they put her in my box, which I paid for … You give people the finger and you get upgraded? Is that the world we’re living in now? It’s pathetic. And why is she giving the finger? How old is the finger? How’d it even get to be the finger? Somewhere along the line somebody decided this is the bad finger. You take one ‘A’ off of that and you’ve got gag.”
Lady Gaga, in this man’s opinion, you are no lady at all. Stay home.