Saturday 18 November 2017

White smiles and puff interviews – how Tom was in Cruise control

Ryan Tubridy greets Tom Cruise last week
Ryan Tubridy greets Tom Cruise last week

TWO television interviews with Tom Cruise last week reinforced the media's need to reconsider its Faustian pact with celebrities, under which access is granted in return for guaranteed fawning.

Oh, you think maybe fawning is a harsh description? Let me pause, re-play the interviews, and see if anything kinder comes to mind. No, I've just sat through both TV appearances for a second time, and I'm cringing still at the gushing, courting and kowtowing before the Great God Cruise.

One interview was on RTE1 and the other on BBC1, so reverential treatment of stars is not simply an Irish problem. Both Ryan Tubridy and Graham Norton, on their respective chat shows, gave Cruise an open microphone to promote his latest action film (let's not mention its name here because he's had quite enough publicity already).

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