A year even war heroes couldn’t keep their pants on
The most commonly asked question about celebrity culture is probably the easiest to answer. “What is the point,” everyone loves to despair, “of all these ridiculous people?” But isn’t it obvious? To make us feel better about our own dysfunctional relationships, of course.
Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown became the star of her own reality show, The Houstons: On Our Own, within months of losing her mother — but that looked like a good idea compared with the one she announced in the first trailer. The 19-year-old was getting engaged — to her adopted brother!
Then there was the love pentagon stretching from Washington to Kabul. General Petraeus was forced to resign as director of the CIA after his affair with Paula Broadwell, his biographer, was discovered by FBI agents when they identified her as the source of anonymous emails warning a glamorous military liaison officer, Jill Kelley, to keep her hands off Petraeus.
Then it turned out that one of the FBI agents had been emailing Kelley topless photos of himself, but her inbox was already filled with thousands of emails from the head of US military command in Afghanistan considered so “inappropriate” his nomination to head Nato was suspended.
If only they’d all been French, the generals would almost certainly still be in their posts. This year we learned that first lady Valerie Trierweiler had been simultaneously conducting an affair with a senior rightwing minister when she began her affair with the now president Francois Hollande.
At the time she was still on her second marriage, while Hollande was living with the senior leftwing politician and mother of his four children, Segolene Royal.