Sunday, July 25, 2010

Social Climber

I wonder what it would be like to be rich and famous and know that the woman you are talking to is only talking to you for those reasons. Physical attraction is an added plus for her, but she is only concerned about the first two qualifiers. You could be a great looking guy but without the two main ingredients this woman will not take you seriously. You could have a PHD, volunteer several hours to many charitable causes, be the funniest guy on the planet but this particular woman is out for one of two things only: fame and wealth.

You can't blame her. Society says that these things are important. Everyone wants to be wanted, right? I mean, that paparazzi crew that follows those can't be "that" bad. TMZ can make you a star. It can also watch your star flame out into dust on the national stage and become everyone's comedy bitch, but that is the price. You live by the sword, you die by the sword. So these women, let's call them social climbers, these women know they have the looks and enough personality to get involved with these men and there you have it. Of course, it works the other way too now more than ever. In the olden days it would be unheard of for a successful famous woman to marry a less than successful man but that's changed. Women now create their own wealth and social climbers go both directions. There are just as many sugar mommas out there in the world as sugar daddies. Cougars are out in the prowl and a 20-something male is the new older woman's midlife crises sports car.

No one is more at fault then the men or women who are used in this scenario. They are attracted to the pretty box and when they've spent enough time to see that the box is empty you can't sympathize with them because they liked the wrapping paper. Most of these people that are wealthy made several great decisions to get to that point in their lives. That they could blow it all up for matters of the heart shows just how full of themselves they are. They have to know these women (or men) are only after one thing but their arrogance leads them to believe they are different. Or worse they don't care and are prepared to emotionally self-destruct. Maybe they feel guilty for their wealth and success and their desire for the temptress is a way to level the field. Did Mel Gibson seek out Oksana Grigorieva? She is definitely the definition of a climber but did Mel feel guilty for his wealth so he fell for her to destroy it. Maybe that is too deep. Maybe it was just the pretty wrapping paper analogy. I don't know.

I'm certainly not defending Mel Gibson, whose tirades show he is losing his mind anyways. This seems to be another characteristic of the super-wealthy. Howard Hughes, anyone? But, she definitely set her sights out on him and he rolled over. He also ended a long marriage to a wife who supported him throughout his career before he was this rich and famous guy so Mel gets a low score on the sympathy scale.

Reality seems to be the one thing we have lost during this reality television phase. Everyone's lost touch of it. That a guy whose specialty is working out, getting some sun, and hooking up with chicks on the Jersey piers is making $40K an episode or more is insanity. He's probably never taken an acting class, probably never read a book, and now he's an instant success story. That is the new role model. Don't worry about that education little Jimmy, you too can get on MTV if they decide to parody you and you can make yourself into a real-life human caricature. This guy makes Paris Hilton look like Meryl Streep. But, I don't blame them. They are social climbing themselves and we are all the chumps getting taken for a ride. It's gotta be that pretty wrapping paper.

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