Hence my blog, devoted to said dating (quite frivolous).
I’ve dated all kinds of boys…and once, I dated a rockstar. I won’t name him, (I’m all about anonymity), but he is a famous and extremely talented musician, who became a worldwide, household name, in the 90s. And while I’m not really a fan of his music, he still tours the globe, and we still hang out when he comes to town.
Also, he’s an Amerrrrcan — and has told me, many times, how much he LOVES Canada.
Derek* and I met on a dating site. He’s a traffic announcer on the radio and he had been texting me, non-stop, in anticipation of our first date. Since we both work in media, the question came up:
D – Have you dated anybody famous?
M – Yes.
D – Were they an actual celebrity or a Canadian celebrity?
This question offended me, because I know the difference…even though there really shouldn’t be one...
But back when I was dating the rockstar, he asked:
R – Do you ever get star-struck?
M – No, I’ve met and interviewed several famous people in my life.
R – Such as?
M – Dolores O’Riordan, Billy Bob Thornton, David Suzuki…
R – Who’s David Suzuki?
How could this (environmentally conscious) rockstar NOT know David Suzuki? He was only the most famous nature and science broadcaster/activist in…
And, while Canada grew many well-known celebrities (Jim Carey, Mike Myers…etc), if they don’t make the jump to the States, then, they seem to remain Canadian celebrities.
The rockstar was very familiar with/idolized Neil Young (Canadian), but that’s because Neil crossed over. Rockstar is not, however, familiar with a rock band called The Tragically Hip – but if you asked ANY Canadian, they’d probably have an opinion on the Hip‘s music.
I know this holds true with a lot of celebrities in other countries who don’t “break out” into the “mainstream” (aka. America).
For example, I work in television, and one of my editors is actually a FAMOUS ROCKSTAR –from Serbia. There, he’s the equivalent of Slash. But here, I wouldn’t have had any idea about that, (luckily, a colleague showed me this Serbian band’s very expensive music video, produced in the mid-90s — highly entertaining).
But when you’re a celebrity in America, you automatically seem to be a celebrity EVERYWHERE.
Better PR machine? More exposure? Hungrier die-hard fanatics?
I don’t know why. It just is.
[UN-PAUSE] Back to Derek.
M – He’s an actual celebrity and thanks for insinuating that I don’t know the ‘difference‘.
D – Oh, I just meant that like, some people think I’m a celebrity, since I’m on the radio…I guess it depends on your definition.
Really, dude? People think you’re a celebrity?!?!
You read the traffic report on an AM station, every 20 minutes.
NOBODY THINKS YOU’RE A CELEBRITY!!
That’s like saying the weatherman on the local news is “famous.”
But believe me, the paparazzi aren’t going to be following him around, any time soon.
It’s a shame that Canada’s stars don’t burn as brightly (apparently) outside of the country…
But in the end, they’re all just people, anyway, right?
Rockstar puts his pants on, one leg at a time (I watched him do it, on a few occasions).
But when he does it, it’s in his fancy NYC flat, his house in the Hollywood Hills, or backstage.