October 12, 2006, - 10:29 am

“McDreamy”? More Like McShleppy

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.

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McShleppy is Emblem of Hollywood Fakery

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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4 Responses

Good point, Deb. I live in an area in San Diego where numerous Hollywood half-wits take up residence as their “alternate address”, but still can get to Hollywood in a 2+ hour drive. I often run into some of these “celebrities” (famous and infamous) at places like my gym, or the healthfood mega-store, or at the beach and many appear rather underwhelming when you see them without all that “Hollywood Magic” airbrushed all over them.

Yiddish Steel on October 12, 2006 at 12:02 pm

Eh, if you watched the show, you’d actually realize that it’s thoughtful, funny, and at some times, decently suspenseful. It’s a well written dramedy. This along with Lost, and now Heroes, complete my weekly tv viewing.
Also, again, if you’d seen it, you’d know that the media didn’t coin McDreamy, the show did, it was part of the plot in the first couple episodes, as a joke between the main characters, that the media then picked up.

Descent on October 12, 2006 at 12:28 pm

I watch this show, and I like it a lot. It brings out a lot of difficult issues both behind the scenes at the hospital and with medical care in general. Descent is correct about the women of the show dubbing the scrubby Neurosurgeon as McDreamy. I am putting my money on the kindly veterinarian to win Meredith’s heart!

Sioux on October 12, 2006 at 1:55 pm

This may be why I don’t date.

shleppy on October 12, 2006 at 9:42 pm

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