Just in Case You Were Ever Tempted to Envy Michelle Malkin
posted at 5:13 pm on October 12, 2009 by The Other McCain
On Twitter this morning, one of my friends was suggesting to Andy Levy that I should be booked on the Fox News late-night program “Red Eye.” Fortunately, as I explained, my “face for radio” prevents me from becoming TV famous.
In the 21st-century 24/7 cable-TV era, it sometimes seems there are two kinds of people: People who are TV-famous and people desperately trying to become TV-famous. Back when I was a young man with rock-star dreams, losers who wanted to impress you would drop the names of famous record producers who were supposedly interested in their latest demo tape. Nowadays, the same type of people are bragging about how their agent is this close to getting them a “development” deal for a reality-TV show. But enough about Levi Johnston . . .
The confusion between fame and success causes people to ignore the real hazards of fame. I remember how Michelle Malkin was nearly attacked by a mob last summer during the Democratic National Convention. She’s both successful and famous, but being a famous conservative exposes her to all kinds of hateful attacks — and not just from The Washington Post:
date Sun, Oct 11, 2009 at 1:40 PM
I feel bad for your kids; to be raised in such a hate-filled household must be devastating.
I wish somebody could call CPS on your Asian ass before your children develop the same hatred running through your Filipino veins.
What causes people to feel the urge to send e-mails like that? Surely, it is not merely politics. Without very much effort, I could grab a stack of business cards out of my desk drawer and give you the names of two dozen influential people in Washington as conservative as Michelle Malkin. But they’re not TV-famous, you see, and so they’re spared that kind of venom.
People who are TV-famous are attacked because, in the minds of the more idiotic viewers, they are not human beings, but rather symbols. Hollywood movie stars have their stalkers; Fox News personalities have their “progressive, tolerant” senders of hateful e-mail. And as bizarre as such hate-filled messages must seem to the average Hot Air reader, imagine how it appears to people who actually know Michelle personally.
Part of this, honestly, can only be understood as envy or sour grapes: “She’s famous. I’m not. I hate her.” This bothers me because, really, the main reason I ever wanted to be a rock star was so I could be cool enough to hang out with John Lennon.
Has anyone gotten hate-mail from Mark David Chapman lately?
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