The Beckham Effect

So the newest edition to the Beckham family arrived yesterday and whilst Baby Beckham’s name is a little different (Harper Seven, if you hadn’t heard!) I am sure the new addition has made their life complete. I mean there is nothing else that this couple and their children could possibly want in their lives surely?

I heard a story about the Beckham’s recently and although it didn’t surprise me it leaves me a little disappointed. An unsuspecting member of the public had what the Beckham’s wanted. Namely a venue booked for their wedding which the Beckham’s wanted to book for the same day. The Beckham’s literally made an offer Joe Public could not refuse and the Beckham’s got their way.

With this in mind it has made me think about the knock on effect celebrities like the Beckham’s have on society. I am not singling them out, z listers who are famous for doing sod all are also to blame as are Wags and footballers.

When I was a little girl, I wanted to be one of two things when I was a grown up. I either wanted to be a hairdresser or a racing driver! My younger sister wants to be a footballer’s wife like Coleen Rooney or to win the X factor! Basically, she wants an extravagant life with no real hard work. It disappoints me as she is a bright girl and I hope she changes her mind and has bigger aspirations.

Little J has more aspirations and wants to be in the army but he is very materialistic and we try to tell him how lucky he is but when his classmates have blackberry’s and iPhones (I should add these children are 9 years old) he feels hard done by.

I went to a VIP event this weekend, where there were many celebs (mainly reality stars and tv personalities). I was very lucky as I didn’t have to pay for my ticket. However, I was astounded to see that there were young ladies in their early twenties dressed in couture, tottering about in Christian Laboutins, swinging their designer handbags after arriving in a beaten up old corsa. The same girls were hanging around the bar area saying to their equally glamorous friend that their ticket had cost them so much money that they couldn’t afford to buy a drink! Just to be there and to be seen, seem to validate their existence. (More on this, later this week!)

It seems to be that these celebrities, wags and reality stars make fame and fortune so appealing and so obtainable that my generation, the teens and even younger children want what they have.

No one seems to want to work hard to obtain a nice life anymore. I probably shouldn’t say want, no one wants to work, but I think you know what I mean. Everything is so much more lavish than ever before. Weddings are getting bigger and more expensive. It is the norm to get married in a castle. Don’t get me wrong, I love beautiful things, but I work hard for a new handbag or a gorgeous item of clothing. We had a small but beautiful wedding in a gorgeous venue. We knew our limits with our budget and were adamant that we wouldn’t be borrowing any money to do it.

The worst programme on TV is My super sweet 16 on MTV. I simply cannot watch it as it makes me so so angry. Obnoxious 16 year olds having parties which are so obscene it makes me feel sick. These teenagers have the latest chart topping artists singing to them and their closest 800 friends. Then, the parents present the most lavish birthday gift. This usually consists of a car or diamond encrusted watch / jewellery which costs in the region of two teachers salaries. I can’t even face posting a clip of it on here for you to view, because I simply cannot give this programme anymore airplay.

I am sorry to the Beckham’s that this may seem like an attack on you but this craze for fame, extreme extravagance, being famous for just being you seemed to start around the time you two got together. So unfortunately, it seems that you started the ball rolling!

I just hope we have some new role models coming soon. Where they have lovely things but work their arses off to get it!

Bouche x x x

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One response

  1. I So agree with you, people do not want to work anymore, they think that the world owe’s them a living. When I was young my parents had no money and my mum had 3 jobs just to keep the house running, and to which I have the same mentality, I will do what it takes to get by, but it seems most people cannot be bothered to work hard.

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