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Ooh! Pictures of Suri!

The October issue of Vanity Fair features exclusive photos of Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes and their four-month-old daughter Suri. And to this I raise the question: Who cares? OK. Perhaps the better question would be why do people care? It's a baby. Sure her parents are worth millions and make movies or TV shows you might enjoy, but so what? I mean, there are people out there who have probably waited with more eager anticipation to see photos of Suri than they have to see their own child. Celebrity worship is nothing new. But it has simply gone too far. Once upon a time, people were simply obsessed with the celebrity himself. But over time everything associated with famous people has gained value; even their kids. I'm sure royal heirs were always subjects of attention (look at what's going on in Japan right now with the emperor's new-born son). But I'd be pretty interested about any infant that was a heartbeat away from holding dominion over me, too. In America, probably the first kids that garnered gobs of attention like that were Caroline and John-John Kennedy back in the '60s. The Kennedys, after all, are widely considered the closest thing we have to royalty in this country. But nowadays, the offspring of just about any celebrity is the object of media obsession, especially if both Mom and Dad are stars. A few months ago, photos of the spawn of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie fetched a huge donation to charity from one magazine. TomKat apparently told Vanity Fair they wanted the magazine to be their outlet, but only if it brought along photographer Annie Leibovitz. VF had five days to get things together. The staff did not hesitate for the photos millions of people have been waiting for. In the last couple of days, Vanity Fair has shown off its scoop on national news shows. That raises another interesting question: How many people will actually wind up buying the magazine. If you haven't seen the photos by the time the magazine hits newsstands around the country next week (it's already available in media capitals New York and LA), then you probably don't care anyway. I saw more than I needed Wednesday on Good Morning America. As for the photos themselves: Yippee! (please note sarcasm) So Suri's a cute baby. Most are. So she has the thickest head of hair anyone's probably seen on a four-month-old; so much so that after giving her a bath, Mom and Dad have to use a blow dryer to protect her from the cool air of the Colorado mountains! Again I ask: Who cares and why? The sad thing is that Suri, like so many other celebrity children, is already a victim. It's not bad enough that her nutty parents have given her a bizarre name (though not as bad as Gwyneth Paltrow's daughter Apple) or that Mom and Dad are probably just a few months away from being the latest Hollywood break-up that will plunge her deep into a bitter custody battle or endless trips to fancy boarding schools far away from both parents who are too busy to pay her proper attention. Now her parents are using her as a pawn in their personal PR machine. Fame may have its glamour and advantages. But being the child of fame sure isn't easy.

By: Kevin Wuzzardo


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