One American’s view of a British attitude from an American who watches British programing and reads British authors.

Some writer wrote an article criticizing the journalist that was saved from walking in front of  oncoming traffic by a Hollywood star.  She had a moment of, “Wow, I was just saved by someone famous”, and then she was over it.

What the writer seems to be missing is that the person involved is a Brit.  That is far more important to this woman’s attitude than the fact that she is a feminist journalist.

The Brits have a different attitude towards actors in general.  British actors are not idolized and put on a pedestal by the British public in the same way that it happens in the United States.  They don’t really get all the hupla about them that happens over on this side of the pond. 

I have some friends who attribute the American attitude towards ‘stars’ to the fact that we don’t have royalty.  Because of this, people in the early days of Hollywood started raising popular or handsome/beautiful stars to iconic levels. 

I’m not really sure if I agree with the theory or not.  I think it is more likely the way the film industry developed differently in the U.S. and in Britain.  In this country, Hollywood became more important than Broadway.  But in Britain, live theatre still seems to be a higher calling.  T.V. is more like what stage actors do between productions.  The last season where David Tennant was the Doctor was changed from a full season to a series of specials to accommodate some work theatre he wanted to do.  (If I remember the articles I read back then correctly.)

While they still have teenagers (and sometimes adults) going all dreamy over stars, they don’t elevate them in the same manner.  The woman is pointing out the fact that if the person who stopped her wasn’t a star, he wouldn’t have gotten all this attention. 

Why is the fact that a star stopped a woman from walking in front of a car so much more important that if anyone else performed the same action?  This really is a good question we should be asking ourselves.

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