Monday, May 26, 2003
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Clayton News Daily
Celebrity feuds are alive and well. Recently during a broadcast of the Association of Country Music Awards, lead singer Natalie Maines of the demonized girl trio the Dixie Chicks sported a T-shirt that had the letters "FUTK" on it. I don't think I have to point out what the "FU" stands for, but the "TK" stands for country music singer Toby Keith, who recently had a hit with his song "Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American)." With that song, Keith took a very pro-war stance on the Iraq situation, while Maines told a British audience she was ashamed President George W. Bush was from her home state of Texas. Keith criticized the Dixie Chicks, as did most of the country music community, especially the fans. With her T-shirt, Maines began a great tradition in pop culture n the celebrity feud. They've been going on since the beginning of celebritydom. Feuds are practically necessary in the hip-hop world. There's rapper NAS who hates Jay-Z. Eminem hates just about everybody. His mentor Dr. Dre had a feud with once-upon-a-time friend Easy-E. The latter eventually died from AIDS. The East Coast-West Coast feud culminated, as the media has reported, in the deaths of rappers Tupak Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G.
In Hollywood, newly created feuds have emerged. Jennifer Lopez has been saying some nasty things about fellow actress Gwyneth Paltrow, most likely because the two have dated the same actor n Ben Affleck. Directors Quentin Tarantino (Pulp Fiction) and Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing) have had an ongoing feud that started because of Tarantino's excessive use of a derogatory word that begins with "N."
The absurdity of all these feuds is, yep, you guessed it, that all of these people are rich and on top of their game. They should be focusing on doing what they do best, instead of holding grudges against remarks that might have been made in interviews or a song. But they say celebrities are just people too. I've personally never known someone who had or is participating in a feud with another person. Most of my friends are struggling artists so if there is any feuding going on in their lives, it's more than likely occurring internally.
Despite the silliness of celebrity feuds, though, I welcome them. It shows that behind lip gloss, glossy videos or No. 1 songs and films lies the ugliness that dwells within some people. Ugly is ugly and no camera angle in the world can hide the ugliness that comes from feuding.
Trina Trice is the education reporter for the News Daily. Comments should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.