From the eyes of the general public, when one is a celebrity, life is nothing short of perfection. Everything (and everyone) that we ever wanted or needed just appears in our lives. Our problems melt away like ice off a cold beverage that has just been removed from an ice filled cooler.
The truth is that celebrities are human beings just like the rest of u, who by some twist of fate, became famous and earn more money in a year than most of us earn in our entire lifetimes.
Back at the end of May, the YouTube channel Absolute Motivation released a video entitled “Matthew McConaughey – This Is Why You’re Not Happy | One Of The Most Eye Opening Speeches“.
What I love about this video is that Mr. McConaughey speaks to all of us. He challenges the viewer to consider their definition of happiness and joy. It’s not the perfect solution to making our mental health issues disappear. But it’s practical and given the complicated world that we live in, it might be the answer we are looking for.
Among the television spawn of the reality genre, there is none so compelling or mind numbing (depending on your point of view) than the competition program.
Shear Genius aired on Bravo from 2007 to 2010. Hosted during the first season by Jaclyn Smith and by Camila Alves (the other half of Matthew McConaughey) during the final two seasons, the purpose of the competition was to find the best hairdresser among the contestants. Each week, the contestants were challenged to create a unique hairstyle, but were forced to do so under restricted conditions. At the end of the reason, one contestant was named the winner.
Looking back, Shear Genius was not all that great. It was just another reality competition program where the competition was set in the world of hair styling. The only bright was Tabatha Coffey, who was named as fan favorite and had her own spin-off show, Tabatha Takes Over.
There is something almost ruthless about the reality television genre.
In the 1999 movie Edtv, Ed (Matthew McConaughey) is an average joe who is chosen by a new network to be the star of his own reality show. He will be followed by a camera crew all day and all night. Things get interesting when it comes out that Ed has nursed a crush on his brother’s girlfriend, Shari (Jenna Elfman). On top of Ed’s unspoken feeling for Shari, the reveal that Roy (Woody Harrelson) is unfaithful to Shari only adds fuel to the fire.
In 1999 movie, the reality television genre as we know it to be today was in it’s infancy. Even then, it was ripe for satire and the filmmakers knew it.
There are some stories that are so powerful, that they are like a literal punch to the gut. They are a reminder of the evils in this world and the work that needs to be done to right the wrongs that the evil has created.
In 1989, future writing megastar John Grisham published his first novel, A Time To Kill. In a small town in the American South in the 1980’s, a young African-American girl is raped by a group of white men. The girl’s father, Carl Lee Hailey kills two of the men in retaliation for his daughter’s sexual assault. Jake Brigance and Ellen Roark are the white lawyers who take on Carl’s case. While Jake and Ellen are doing everything they can to keep Carl out of jail, the KKK comes out of the shadows and adds their unique blend of chaos and turmoil to the mix.
In 1996, the book was made into a film. Samuel L. Jackson, Matthew McConaughey and Sandra Bullock took on the roles of Carl, Jake and Ellen.
This movie both powerful and uncomfortable. It forces the audience to take a good hard look at the dark side of American life and the issues that we must face head on.