CBS is going overboard in hawking its exclusive interview of Anna-Nicole Smith on tonight’s Entertainment Tonight. In the promos, we see the stricken star whimpering, crying and sighing in the aftermath of her son’s sudden death. We’re told all sorts of sordid details:
*she’s put newspapers over the windows of her Bahamian house to keep voyeuristic locals and vacationers from catching a glance of her.
*she’ll never speak with her mom again – she adores her newborn babe
*she breaks down when describing her 20-year-old son’s death
This sort of tabloid trash is truly embarrassing. It’s embarrassing for Anna-Nicole. It’s embarrassing that CBS would promote it so heavily. And it speaks volumes about the depths to which our standards of decency have fallen.
I know. I know. This is all about ratings for CBS. And Anna-Nicole made the decision to air her dirty laundry. But, it’s sad and shameful nonetheless. You know society is changing for the worse when TV shows like ET, Access Hollywood and other sleazy tabloid vehicles run in primetime on our major networks.
It’s only a matter of time before the sleaze increases and we see the National Enquirer and other rags produce TV versions of their print pubs.
Sadly, as a nation, we adore trash and titillation. We take great delight in others’ pain and anguish. Seeing others unhappy makes many of us happy.
We also love to make non-entitles like Paris Hilton and Anna-Nicole Smith "stars" and then watch intently as they crash and burn. From an image and reputation standpoint, it’s downright depressing. Is it any wonder we have ethical and moral lapses in every segment of society when we have role models like Anna-Nicole (and no strong national leadership whatsoever)?
Oh well. I can’t wait to see what she has to say tonight!