Let me begin by saying I was a fan of Joan Rivers. Let me add that I’m fully aware we live in a celebrity-obsessed media environment. Let me also tack on my knowledge that Ms. Rivers was a role model for women.
But, c’mon people. The media circus that began when the late comedian was first placed on life support continued right into this morning’s major newscasts.
I was watching CBS This Morning, and I can tell you the funeral coverage received more air time than:
– The ongoing ISIS debacle (and I, for one, wouldn’t want to do anything to upset those nut jobs)
– Obama’s latest problems with Congress
– The rapidly-spreading Ebola crisis
– And, even the new Royal embryo.
I know a bit about comedy, and I honestly don’t believe Ms. Rivers will be remembered as one of the all-time greats. Those spots are reserved for such true pioneers as Richard Pryor, George Carlin and Bill Cosby.
I believe our obsession with celebrities also reveals one of America’s biggest weaknesses: We have no clue what’s going on in the rest of the world.
ISIS beheadings of U.S. journalists aside, the average American has no interest in overseas events (i.e. the Ebola plague in Africa, Europe’s continuing economic woes, Putin’s hijinks in Ukraine, etc.).
Our myopia has already caught up to us as far more nimble global economies steal market share from American companies here, and abroad.
And, alas, I don’t see any quick fix either. Sure, our best colleges and universities are becoming more and more international, but will that be enough to offset our national self-absorption with Hollywood and Vine? I doubt it.
And, now, wait, Repman is receiving a breaking news report: Tonight’s NFL Monday Night Football Game will be postponed for a special retrospective ON all of the previous retrospectives on Joan Rivers. Be sure to tune into ESPN at 7:10pm!
Joan’s demise is indeed the death that keeps on giving (a line I believe Ms. Rivers would appreciate).