I don’t know about you, but I find it incredibly patronising to hear an actor – someone who literally just pretends to be someone else for a living – telling me how I should be more responsible about the environment or switch to veganism.
The worst is the likes of James Corden – who the other week uttered the completely banal and tone-deaf statement that he was feeling ‘anxious’ about coronavirus.
Is he having a laugh – has fame really hit him that hard in the head?
Honestly, the lack of self-awareness among these celebs is staggering, and they will do absolutely anything in their powers to get their face or name in the news, no matter how desperate the situation.
I saw Kate Winslet giving medical advice on the news the other day just because she played a played an Epidemic Officer in the film Contagion.
Ricky Gervais – thankfully – is one of the few famous people to recognise this shameless hubris, often calling out other celebs for their bullsh*t, like when he roasted everyone at the Golden Globes.
And now he’s gone at them again by slamming celebrities for moaning about having to adhere to lockdown rules from their “mansions”, while key workers risk their lives on the frontline against COVID-19.
In an exclusive interview with The Sun, Ricky said: “After this is over I never want to hear people moaning about the welfare state again, I never want to hear people moaning about nurses again. Or porters.
“These people are doing 14-hour shifts and not complaining. Wearing masks, and being left with sores, after risking their own health and their families’ health selflessly. But then I see someone complaining about being in a mansion with a swimming pool. And, you know, honestly, I just don’t want to hear it.”
One of these such celebs is Sam Smith, who for some reason – like many other singers and entertainers these days – thinks we give a sh*t about his opinion on literally anything.
The man’s become an absolute pain in the arse lately and I recoil in horror every time I see him in the headlines – which, most of the time now, is very rarely to do with anything about his music.
Last month, he took to social media to share what they described as the “stages of a quarantine meltdown”.
In a post that has since been deleted, Smith uploaded three photos in which they seem to get progressively more distraught as they contend with self-isolation, which of course, must be tough for him, living in a £12 million home and all.
They captioned the shots, “Thinking of you all x.”
The 27-year-old has also posted several videos, explaining how they were coping amid the pandemic.
Smith says in the video: “Hello everyone! This is a weird, weird, weird time, oh my gosh, very, very strange. I’m currently in my house. I have got a bit of a headache and allergies but I think I’m alright. But I wanted to stay in just to be safe.
They added: “I hope you’re mentally alright. It’s going to be challenging for anyone who gets in here a little bit, like me.
In his interview, Ricky also mentioned his humble upbringing, and the lessons that were instilled in him from coming from a working-class background.
He said: “Men worked hard, but women worked miracles. Because when my dad finished his work that was his own time.
“But my mum didn’t stop working, women didn’t stop working. Carers didn’t stop working, all the women in my family were carers in some respect.”
As I say, I hope one of the positives to come out of this virus is that we refocus our world perspective and stop deifying these famous individuals.
If we’re going to hold anyone in high regard, it should be the everyday heroes in our society – like doctors and nurses – not the ones who play them in front of a camera.
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Charismatic, witty, charming, engaging - four things Joshua Rogers will never be. Thankfully, he’s a semi-competent editor, who, after graduating university with two mostly pointless degrees, joined The Hook two years ago. He subsequently honed his writing skills over several features and investigative pieces, arguably letting The Hook audience in on way too much of his personal life.