Thursday, August 6, 2009

RANTalicious

Get ready for a rant, because nothing pisses me off more than wasted real estate in my morning paper.

That there's Daphne Zuniga, of "Melrose Place" fame with her 8 year-old niece, who is serving up ice cream right here in my very home town. Seems she is family of the owners of Cedar Hill Dairy Joy where I live and stopped bye yesterday to work at the Dairy Joy, as it's known here by the locals.

Now I ask you, WHO CARES???

Who is this woman and what has she done since the mid-90's in the world? Yet she still gets credited with the of "Melrose Place" fame tag. She gets a headline story in the local papers and a mention and photo in the Boston papers in the gossip column. WHAT GIVES??

Why is this crap important?? It's not like she donated her day's earnings to a local food shelter or handed out free cones to underprivileged kiddies. Does her presence at the Dairy Joy make the world a better place? Does this use her pseudo-"celebrity" to bring attention to worthy cause or equate with some fun community service?

NO.

The only service she is doing here is for herself and her family, which is fine by me, but does it have to be in my news paper? The thing is, The Dairy Joy does not NEED any charity from "pseudo-celebs" because everything there is RIDICULOUSLY priced, even if it is ridiculously good. They have some seriously good fried clams, and ouch, at $15 bucks for a small box, you somehow justify the price for the deliciousness. For around $20 bucks you can get a lobster roll and cones run from about $4 bucks to $6 bucks, depending on the size. The big joke in town is that you had better bring your wallet if you are eating at Dairy Joy.

Couldn't Ms. Zuniga's "photo-op" have been better served if she partnered with Dairy Joy to bring some charity to the community. Lord knows this town does not need it, but a large, neighboring city, which has lots of shelters and agencies for less fortunate people, could have been better served by a little press and a feel good ice cream-op to bring it's issue into the spotlight. In all fairness, Zuniga did talk about her involvement with Communities for a Better Environment which is an organization committed to "environmental health and justice by building grassroots power in and with communities of color and working-class communities." But where is the action I speak about? It would seem this was more about Zuniga promoting her return to CW's new Melrose Place and her reprising of her role of Jo Reynolds on said show, which premiers Sept 8.

I don't get why this is newsworthy. Does one or two Lifetime movies in the past ten years get the public all lathered up to go out and spend AT LEAST $30 bucks at the local ice cream joint for a peek at fame?

Rant over.

Now I got a hankering for some fried clams.

Seriously.

17 comments:

The Dental Maven said...

Hey! They had to fill the vacant space left by Henry Louis Gates with SOMETHING!

Sass said...

What bothers me is that I saw the picture and instantly asked, "Is that Daphne Zuniga serving ice cream?"

It bothers me that I instantly knew who she was.

I don't know why, but it does.

And I think it's interesting that you're Rantalicious today, and I'm Funkalicious.

We are sharing a brain. ;)

Bill Stankus said...

Seems she has a good agent - someone who gives free food to your local reporters and media editors.

Entertainment fame, even if it is fleeting, seems to be important to local news outlets.

I've noticed that many towns do the same thing - a movie is filmed locally or a local person leaves and makes it in Hollywood and the local papers or TV will drag the hometown connection up forever.

We spent some time in Milwaukee WI and it was funny how the media kept stories going about Liberace being from the area - as if there had been any modern connection.

The Cult of Celebrity - yuk.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Melrose Place? Dare I ask what a Melrose Place is?

Lestat de Lioncourt said...

I will come up there and buy you your favorite flavor, don't let it drip on you.

TROLL Y2K said...

Never heard of her and the search phrase "Daphne Zuniga Nekkid" produced disappointing results.

MommaKiss said...

I'll take a vanilla with crunch sprinkles, please.

Wait - we're not here for ice cream? What?

B.E. Earl said...

I never watched Melrose Place, but I remember her from the John Cusack film, The Sure Thing. Great flick.

Cora said...

Oh, the Space Balls chick!!

(Sorry, never watched Melrose Place.)

Bobby the Blue Baxojayz said...

I didn't even recognize her from the pic. Wasn't she also in Spaceballs? If so, then you know why this is a big deal...

Soda and Candy said...

well said Candy. It's like once you're mildly famous for something - anything - we're supposed to continue caring about what you're up to. Although this does reek of publicity stunt if indeed MP is returning.

Chris@Maugeritaville said...

I've said it before, and I'll say it again...

BOSTON SUCKS!

Seems like every other blog post today is about ice cream. Damn. Gotta go get some Ben and Jerry's.

Lestat de Lioncourt said...

Ya know, that makes me wanna burn. I haven't done that in a while. It is time to.

Anonymous said...

Candy, oh, Candy,
Lighten up! It's summer time...and it's sunny! Nothin' wrong with a little celeb sighting here in Weston. Let us have some fun. That's all it was about. Miss D was just having fun while on vacation. And what's wrong with that? After all, the girl has done more than her fair share of saving the planet (from the rainforest trees in Brazil, Environmental Justice in inner city LA, Waterkeepers, NRDC, and even helping to save Walden Pond awhile back, to name just a few). But of course ya don't hear about that! No one cares about that! Boring! That doesn't sell papers--unless you're Bono or Brad & Anglelina!

BTW, her documentary, TED:The Future We Will Create is a must see if you want to be inspired to make positive changes on our planet--or simply check out what some of the worlds most brilliant minds are scheming up.

Soakin' up the sun while it's here...
L'il miss sunshine

Prunella Jones said...

Well, but she was in Spaceballs so I'll give her a pass.

Jules said...

I've got an award for you at my place, when you've finished cleaning the sand out of your suitcase!!

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