October 12, 2006, - 10:29 am
By Debbie Schlussel
If you’re like me, you’re tired of the hype–both political and otherwise–coming out of Hollywood.
That includes this annoying obsession that Tinseltown operatives have successfully implanted in many of America’s brain-addled women that the banal, silly ABC TV “Grey’s Anatomy” and its star, Patrick Dempsey, are worthy of the national conversation. Sorry, they aren’t. It’s all forced marketing inculcated into the American psyche, instead of fighting Islamic terrorists and facing down Kim Jong Il.
And guys, here’s a tip for your girlfriends, wives, and daughters who are so hot for Dempsey. He doesn’t merit the media nickname he’s been crowned with: “McDreamy.” More like “McShleppy.” I should know. In July 2003, he and actor Ryan Phillippe sat at my table at my cousin David’s wedding. I didn’t recognize either of them because they looked like regular, kind-of-shleppy people. It was one of those Hollywood-style weddings on a mountain ranch in Malibu, overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
This was before “Grey’s Anatomy” hit the airwaves. I said, “You know, you look a lot like that guy in the movie, ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ Patrick Dempsey.” He said, “Yeah, I get that all the time.” My friend next to me, actor Justin Walker from the movie, “Clueless,” said “That is the guy. And that’s Ryan Phillippe.” I thought he was putting me on. I looked closer and it was them. But, these guys looked pretty plain to me, not like movie stars.
And that’s the point of this post. Hollywood–whether it’s showbiz or their unwanted political prognostications–is all smoke and mirrors. Fake, trumped-up, glamorized, plastic. McShleppy is all of the sudden “McDreamy”? I don’t think so.
Don’t believe the hype.
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