It really bothered me, that weird ‘ick’ feeling.
Why did images of Brooklyn Beckham and Nicola Peltz – ‘Bricola’, if we stick to the tradition of celebrity suitcase names – appeal to me so much? Was it jealousy? No, my own wedding cost €10,000 and was a smash hit.
What really bothered me when this young couple who are proven to be very much in love tied the knot? What do I care how billionaires spend their money – in the case of this wedding, according to some outlets, it’s worth €3.5 million (although one newspaper put it closer to €18 million)?
What if Victoria Beckham, the groom’s mother, wore a necklace worth 2.3 million euros? Or when the groom’s father, David Beckham, gives his son a €450,000 electric Jaguar?
As the Bricola wedding coverage just kept rolling in (and still rolling in), I realized I wasn’t the only one feeling these waves of irritation. Grown-in woman author Elizabeth Day tweeted, “I usually soak up celebrity gossip but I’ve found my limit and it turns out it’s Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding.”
There are many reasons for this, I realize that. First, the sheer volume of breathless, dewy coverage was excessive, even by celebrity wedding standards. what has Fashion Magazine write about it before this week?
Second, this wasn’t a celebrity wedding in the traditional sense of the word. It was a celebrity children’s wedding and one of the first we really got to see up close. Brooklyn Beckham belongs to the first generation of Celebuspawns, who are simply famous for being born into a specific womb. All the less talked about his attempts at being a celebrity chef (“I love cheese, it’s like butter”) or a photographer (“I’m something of a photographer who goes around taking pictures and I hope people don’t recognize me”), the more better.
The blushing bride was similarly born into untold privilege — her father Nelson’s billion-dollar management fund empire dwarfs that of the Beckhams. Still, we’ve seen Brooklyn grow since he was a pretty baby bump on a Spice Girl, and we probably have a hard time seeing him as anything other than an ultra-spoiled toddler.
A prototypical magazine deal baby, he’s part of the first generation of celebrities to be considered the ultimate “celebrity accessory.” No wonder we have a hard time seeing this 23-year-old as a mature being with a life of his own.
Maybe it’s those stunning, swanky wedding figures that get most people thinking. I hate whataboutery as much as the next person but still. We live in a time when economic uncertainty is rampant and cost-of-living crises, not to mention the horrors of war, are rarely far away.
We hear of more and more children, both in Ireland and the UK, falling below the poverty line every week. Bricola’s wedding could have been an uplifting distraction for celebrity fans: instead, it was a lurid, hyper-excessive moment that brought his own parents’ tasteless orgy of excess to Ha’penny Place. The gap between the haves and have-nots has never been so pronounced.
Worse, we’ve been stuffed down our throats with near-universal media coverage (and yes, I understand the irony of contributing to the cacophony here). How billionaires spend their money has almost nothing to do with me. Yet even the most dedicated celebrity followers found this OTT tone-deaf event in the crowd.
And if you think it shows us everything that’s wrong with celebrity culture, wait until celebrity kids start having kids of their own.
Ireland Baldwin’s facelift highlights the ugly truth of society
One could almost set the clock to the outrage that followed reports that 26-year-old Ireland Baldwin had undergone a mini-facelift.
The model/celebrity daughter wanted to get rid of a “stubborn love handle under her chin” after years of insecurity.
This comes weeks after another model, Bella Hadid, expressed regret over having a nose job when she was 14. It also comes some time after Kylie Jenner admitted to having lip fillers when she was 14.
Wring your hands all you want about how this generation is undergoing unnecessarily invasive treatments at an age when they almost certainly don’t need it, but consider this quote from Baldwin himself.
“Since I was a kid, I’ve been called a version of fat, ugly, worthless and irrelevant by grown adults on the internet. This is nothing new,” the 26-year-old model recently wrote.
The celebrity industry and wider society make such ridiculous physical demands on young women. When they don’t fit this very narrow version of beauty (and in Baldwin’s case, they don’t), they are criticized. Imagine being a grown adult and having the audacity to call that woman fat or ugly?
And then, when forced to take action, is there another wave of shame?
For today’s beautiful famous women, it seems to be a no-win situation: to be beautiful, certainly, but that beauty must somehow be achieved naturally and effortlessly.
Why are celebs like Al Pacino obsessed with a young woman’s scent?
When Al Pacino, 81, stepped out with his new alleged girlfriend, Noor Afallah, 28, it doesn’t make me wonder for the first time why so many Hollywood men date so much younger than themselves?
Is it the reflected sparkle in these young women’s eyes? What are they even talking about?
How many times do you say, “The ’70s… ah, that’s where you had to be”? Men choosing younger women at their gravitational/aesthetic peak is understandable, as is the opposite.
Do you think women your age are too old to love? That’s the big question.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/brooklyn-beckhams-ott-wedding-shows-us-everything-thats-wrong-with-celebrity-culture-41551959.html Brooklyn Beckham’s OTT wedding shows us everything that’s wrong with celebrity culture