By now, in our download driven culture, pretty much everyone is familiar with the new breed of celebrity who, it is said, is simply “famous for being famous.” It used to be that celebrities needed at least some small semblance of talent or achievement to reach the heights of stardom. For the past decade or so, it seems that the only “talent” required is a talent for drawing attention to oneself.
While Kim Kardashian is the undisputed champion of the “famous for being famous” world, having unseated the previous queen, Kardashian’s former friend Paris Hilton, there are dozens more of these post-postmodern celebs competing for their slice of the national mindspace.
To grab that slice requires an ever-escalating series of outrageous, publicity-grabbing escapades, displaying as little shame as possible. This week, the number one contender in that category is onetime MTV reality “star” Tila Tequila.
Making a sex tape then pretending that you’re surprised when it gets “released” is a typical attention-getting tactic, but the 32-year-old Tequila (pictured) who has been wallowing in obscurity since the 2008 cancellation of her bisexually-themed dating “reality” show, A Shot At Love With Tila Tequila, tried the sex-tape route last year, but that didn’t get her the boost she needed.
This week she may have hit on a winning formula. After first posing as a Nazi and releasing an anti-Semitic song on her Facebook page, Tequila — whose real name is Tila Nguyen — has now declared that the death of Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, in a tragic, high-speed auto wreck last month, was in fact a “ritualistic murder.”
Law enforcement authorities have already ruled Walker’s death accidental.
Tequila, who was born in Singapore to Vietnamese parents, offers no evidence or even argument in support of her theory that Walker’s death was deliberately caused as part of some sort of occult ritual.
While the comment on her Facebook page worked insofar as it attracted media attention to Tequila for the first time in years — except for her Nazi stunt of a few days previous — it also appears to have backfired, as fans besieged her page with angry comments.
“You ridiculous woman. Get some meds for your condition and keep the name of Paul Walker out of your mouth,” went one typical Facebook comment. “He had class and dignity. You post insane crap in an attempt to get attention.”
Another read, “I use to like you, but you hun have gone off the deep end. I can’t watch you train wreck your life anymore.”
SOURCES: Huffington Post, Hollywood Life, Crushable, Wikipedia