Saturday 18 November 2017

Spare us your 'celebrity' lists

Madam – For as long as I recall the Sunday Independent has been a cherished part of my Sunday morning grill. A cup of coffee, the paper spread out across the flat table, reading in reverse Eamonn Sweeney and the sports, finally firing up the engines with Gene Kerrigan.

So it's with a heavy heart that I tap the keyboard this Sunday morning. What were you at putting Twink on the cover of your magazine? Sorry, I know the answer, it's your paper, you're the editor and it's your call. Accepted, but wording the colour piece with the line: "Twink and your other favourite people of the year blah de blah" might be a bridge too far.

Many of those "celebrities" are no favourites of mine. What most of them have in common is a desire to be in the public eye – but without much substance to justify their status. Are we that desperate for "celebrity" and if we are, is this the best we can come up with?

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