For all the wealth and bling, the red carpets and regal treatment doled out to celebrities listing A-Z, there is no doubting that such material riches don’t provide much food for the soul. It would appear that the more wealthy and famous they become, the more they feel free to exhibit bad behaviour on all levels. The relentless circus of parasites and sycophants forelock- tugging around these ‘artists’ provide further incentive for these people who (no doubt) once knew how to behave in the public domain.
Last month Madonna proved this beautifully by exhibiting the latest in a particularly long line of bad manners when she publicly dismissed a gift from a fan at the photo call for W.E. in Venice. Having been passed a small gift of hydrangeas across the table at a press conference, she produced an expression of sheer disdain whilst snorting “ I loooathe hydrangeas, he obviously doesn’t know that”. How rude! Clearly, as much of an icon she likes to be, she’s very choosy with her gifts… Kabbalah apparently doesn’t teach moral standing to this Material Girl.
Britney Spears has also been known to throw the odd hissy fit at paparazzi followers; whether she’s going through a plumper phase, had her head shaved, recently divorced again, fought with her pals or ‘accidentally’ taken some drugs – it always appears to be the photographers’ fault.
A similarly bad tempered madam, Naomi Campbell ‘hit’ the headlines again after a New York taxi driver claimed she assaulted him. The tempestuous supermodel allegedly struck the driver in the head, which caused him to hit the steering wheel. Police arrived at the scene but Naomi had disappeared. Luckily for her the taxi driver didn’t want to press criminal charges, but filed a harassment claim against the model. Seems those anger management classes haven’t quite worked yet, Ms Campbell.
Lindsay Lohan’s another kid to frequently grace the badly behaved block. Drunken behaviour in London caught the eye of a reporter earlier this year who said she looked like “a girl on the brink of self- destruction”. The actress said she felt ‘caged’, always had a vodka drink in her hand and ended up in a ball on the floor at the end of the night.
Let’s not forget the “sadly misunderstood” chaps though.
Is Kiefer Sutherland the latest brooding male star to be caught behaving badly? He allegedly head-butted a fashion designer after a celeb-packed New York event. Reports suggest designer Jack McCollough pushed the ’24’ star, after Kiefer came to the rescue of actress Brooke Shields – who the designer had apparently knocked. Kiefer reportedly responded with a head-butt, which landed McCollough in hospital. He’s not the only one to display such ‘expressive’ behaviour. Russell Crowe and Mel Gibson have also been known to lose the proverbially public plot on more than one occasion.
All this aggression and lack of decent restraint begs the question “at which point in a celebrity’s life do they actually forget the normal rules of politeness and control within society?” My guess is that after the first few ignored tantrums or excused apologies from a gibbering PA, it becomes second nature….. now “Waiter! Where’s that grape I wanted you to peel for me…?”.
© Tess Egerton 2011
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