The new year has brought my husband a new BFF. You may have heard of him (I honestly had not) – Dan Cortese. They’ve been Tweeting back and forth about something or another, I don’t really know. The important thing is that Brian is super excited about this. Last night he even read the Tweet exchange to his brother over the phone. I found it both adorable and embarrassing at the same time.
I’ve met enough famous people to learn that they’re all pretty much just people. They’re rarely as exciting as their famous persona. And when people tell stories about meeting celebrities, the stories are always embellished… not intentionally, mind you, but still embellished. How many times have you heard someone tell you what a “nice guy” so and so was when they ran into him at a restaurant or on the street? Imagine that same meeting, but with some guy who works in Safeway’s accounting department. Just the fact that the guy wasn’t a huge dick to you when you asked if he knew what time it is doesn’t make him a “nice guy”… and you wouldn’t go around bragging about how you MET and TALKED TO James from Safeway accounts receivable and that he is SOOOOOO nice in person. I’m not saying that it isn’t hugely exciting to meet someone famous, but is it rational to go fangirl/fanboy on them? (I won’t name names, but I even know a few Skepchicks who went completely fangirl when they got to meet a certain skeptical podcaster.)
Do you get fangirlly/fanboy-y when you meet famous people? Are you easily star struck? Do you think celeb-love is unreasonable? Should skeptics know better? Did you know I was in a wedding with Adam Savage from the Mythbusters and I talked to him for like 3 minutes and he was AWESOME?
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