What is Celebrity?

For a long time, we’d been scouring the net for a good, pithy definition for celebrity.

Eureka, there it is buried in the New York Times, that vade mecum of the thinking classes.

In a cover story on Megan Fox, the New York Times Magazine (p.58) has come up with a peerless definition:

noise plus nudity equals celebrity

Can’t beat that, can you.

Now, we know how you drooling philistines are more interested in celebrity rather than the definition of celebrity, so here is the piece on the object of your erotic fantasies: The Self-Manufacture of Megan Fox.

7 Responses to "What is Celebrity?"

  1. shadowfax_arbit   November 16, 2009 at 3:39 am

    I find this thing funny. What about you?

    Some of the recent ‘news’ I read are these

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Overall not bad but humor quotient is a bit low.

    Hey, looks like you have no news-sense at all…you missed the biggest ‘story’ of ’em all: Cute girl cheering Dhoni in stadium just wanted to be on television 😉

    We have a similar publication (both in print and online) in the U.S.: The Onion.

  2. shadowfax_arbit   November 16, 2009 at 3:41 am

    And yeah, this one too, taking on your favouite Raj Thackeray and his MNS


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: this one too, taking on your favouite Raj Thackeray and his MNS

    The Indian mainstream media too is none too pleased about MNS or its head-goon Raj Thackeray.

  3. medytrance   November 16, 2009 at 6:51 am

    “I would never be _____ in a film.”

    With that statement Megan Fox seems to have permanently taken herself off of SI’s radar, and maybe this is the last time we are going to see her name appear on THIS website.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    It’s hard to ignore Megan Fox if you live here.

    She’s often in the news for some reason or the other.

    BTW, the missing word in medytrance’s quote from the NYT piece is ‘naked’…rest easy now.

  4. the gora   November 16, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    Speaking of celebrities, I thought you’d find this entertaining.


    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: I thought you’d find this entertaining

    Read the piece.

    There are far too many whackos in that country.

    After all, in how many other nations would you find people getting upset if a famous personality declared Rome belonged to all Italians, New York to all American or Berlin to all Germans.

    Only in Incredible India.

  5. guruprasad.s   November 18, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    A mathematical definition of a celebrity is:

    In a party/gathering, a celebrity is one who doesnt know anyone but everyone knows him/her.

    But of course, the above definition lacks soul, unlike the one given by you.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write above: But of course, the above definition lacks soul, unlike the one given by you.

    Hey that was the NYT writer.

  6. guruprasad.s   November 19, 2009 at 5:31 am

    I did not understand your response
    “Hey that was the NYT writer”

    I just browsed through the NYT article.

    A lot of celebrity nonsense happens in India too.
    While many celebrities enjoy their status and dont mind the troubles that come with it, there are some simple souls for whom it is a hassle.

    Sachin Tendulkar drives his Ferrari in the dead of the night on empty Mumbai roads, and has used disguise while going out, to avoid attention.

    Chess maestro Vishwanathan Anand lives in Spain.
    Considering that the game of chess requires intense concentration, and that disturbances/distractions are best avoided, the decision is not unusual.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    Thank God you still don’t have the likes of Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan who are famous merely for being famous.

  7. medytrance   November 20, 2009 at 11:47 am

    If NYT defined celebrity for you, here’s BBC defining cewebrity for us:


    What Megan Fox is to celebrity, SI is to cewebrity.

    SearchIndia.com Responds:

    You write: What Megan Fox is to celebrity, SI is to cewebrity.

    No, sweetie. What Megan Fox is to celebrity, SI is to anonymity. 😉

    SI is an illusion that’ll soon fade away. All Maya.

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