[quote author=bowieluva link=topic=7606.msg380984#msg380984 date=1180197005]
There are two things I judge celebrities on when I see them: how they act to sales people (as a sales/waitress person) and how much attention they're trying to attract.
For example, Rosie O'donnell is a huge bitch. She used to shop at my friend's record store all the time and he actually asked the boss if he was allowed to ban her, because she was so rude to him repeatedly. Basically, she thinks everyone owes her. Likewise, my friend worked at a record store in Atlanta where Beck's credit card was declined, and he pulled one of those 'DO YOU KNOW WHO I AM?'
On the other hand, the kids on That 70s show used to come into my work daily, were incredibly nice, polite, big tippers. Not cool: Fiona Apple.
Another example: Ben Stilller goes out, he's wearing a hat, sunglasses, a hunting jacket INSIDE on a summer day in L.A. This is not the way to travel incognito. I probably won't recognize you in line at Ralphs if you aren't wearing the 'don't look at me' t-shirt.
My friend was an extra on Sex and The City and she said Sarah Jessica Parker was the rudest person in the world. She refused to eat with everyone else and freaked out if people LOOKED at her. On set.
I hate when famous people bitch about the price of fame i.e being recognized in public. It's really, really easy to not be famous. If those people didn't recognize them, they wouldn't have anything. Paparazzi suck, and while I think it's something celebs should expect, I also feel it should be legal for them to fight back.
But when people like Lindsey Lohan complain about the paps, I want to scream. The bitch makes a huge deal wherever she goes so she can get attention. She eats at Ivy, the biggest pap trap in L.A. There are a million places I go where I'll see famous people and no paparazzi to be found.
I agree with pretty much everything you said here. I know Tom Cruise was here and he was a royal ass.
As for the public persona and attention. I don't they should be hounded the way they are, but, as you said, know it will happen. I don't think their private homes and lives should be invaded though. The paps have no respect as a rule, but I know there are those who aren't as bloodthirsty as others. I don't think they should be approached in restaurants, games, family time. They may have asked for the fame and be totally enjoying it, but they still deserve to have a private life. I don't think they should get special favors, i.e., less jail time, no tickets, all that free shit...etc.
I agree whole-heartedly with the Lohan observation. She would just die if they didn't pay attention to her.
And I definitely agree that some act like the fans owe them not the other way around as it should be.