when i mentioned spain, on the road again previously, i knew it had the potential of either being a breezy look at food and spain through the eyes of chef, writer, and actresses, focusing primarily on food, or simply another vehicle to promote celebrity. unfortunately i’m thinking it is the latter.
omar and i positioned the rabbit-ears just right last night and managed to watch most of it, though the fuzziness made the subtitles non-existent (no fear, my spanish-speaking husband filled me in).
there was indeed some interesting discussion about food, but i was surprised at how much time was spent talking about totally irrelevant (when it comes to spain and food) aspects of these peoples’ lives. or the time talking about simply how they are famous. odd, to say the least. but the question that kept popping up was, “why do they think that i care about this?”
this afternoon i listened to the first interview on mars hill audio journal volume 92. ken myers interviewed jake halpern on the ecosystem of celebrity. a good discussion and in light of last night’s confusion over what i was watching, the following words of ken myers’ struck a chord:
Some writers have explained our desire either for becoming famous or simply being close to famous people, as an expression of frustration with the anonymity and loneliness brought on by bureaucratized and urbanized life.
Others have suggested that the cult of celebrity…is an important mechanism for social solidarity in a secularized culture. If we don’t all worship and honor the same god at least we can find some sense of unity in our shared ecstasy over the same screen goddess or guitar hero.
or in this case you could add celebrity-status chef and journalist. spain and the food are the side-show here.
too bad. the scenes about food were good, though nothing extraordinary. and i know, i’m probably reading way too much into this and giving cultural commentary when i ought to be laughing all this off. but i’m not sure i can take 10 or so episodes of this.