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Volume 68, Wednesday, August 6, 2003


Do not feed the celebrities

Samira Zaidi
Opinion Columnist

I have noticed the people who get the most attention and the most coverage, or time, in the limelight are those who really haven't done anything.

Those who cheat on their spouses, wreak havoc and sleep with presidents fascinate a majority of the population.

After the huge Monicagate scandal, famous Monica Lewinsky was featured on a Barbara Walters' Most Fascinating People TV special.

Monica Lewinsky... fascinating? What is so interesting about a woman who sleeps with the president? What makes her so intriguing?

When Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire aired, Darva Conger was the new hot ticket.

And what great thing did she do? Nothing, except go on national television, boo and hoo in front of Rick Rockwell, accept his ring and then break it all off. What a superstar!

The reason why all these morons make it big in the entertainment world is because lame people give them the support they need to act like idiots.

For example, a menace to society comes in the form of a blonde ultra-conservative loudmouth, Ann Coulter, whose books have enjoyed success atop the New York Times Bestseller list.

I guess her success is due largely in part to the fact that she likes to spout such ridiculous views, and this is the only reason why people read her work.

The human race is supposed to progress from ignorance and racism into a world of global cooperation. We are supposed to be past hating each other because of our religion, ethnicity or social status.

But no in fact the ones who succeed are people like Coulter, who wrote of Muslims, "We should invade their countries, kill their leaders and convert them to Christianity."

Since Islam is the fastest growing religion in the United States (where Muslims are running rampant) she should think about having someone invade America, kill our leaders and convert us all ...

Freedom of speech is a great thing. We all like to harp on it and claim it as our shield against those we disagree with. But when people like Coulter offer their ridiculous opinions, the only thing we can do is take it with a grain of exasperation.

She is doing it for attention. A normal, reasonable person who offered intelligent views would not be as popular as someone who had such extremist views. 

It is time we stop fueling the missions of such destructive personalities. While they may be nice conversation pieces, they offer no grounds for an intellectual debate or even a chance for two opposing sides to put their views on the table.

We are living in a day and age when we embrace the very things that will break up our society.

Society needs to move past division. We have come too far as a nation to start taking steps backward.

Zaidi, a senior communication major, 
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