Then there's the movie star and singer Jennifer Lopez, who at age 35 has married for the third time, now to Latin-music star Marc Anthony. Not only has J-Lo developed a reputation for dumping husbands (after 10 months and 16 months, respectively), Anthony dumped his wife five days before marrying Lopez. His spurned spouse, Dayanara, a former Miss Universe, will be left with sons Cristian, 3, and Ryan, 11 months. The divorce settlement also has a gag order, demanding that the rejected Mrs. Anthony say nothing critical about the new Mrs. Anthony. Oh, and Marc Anthony also has an 11-year-old daughter by another woman.
How does People magazine see all this? It raves in a caption under a picture of Anthony and his daughter that a friend says he "is an amazing dad.?
If this all seems ripe for satire, rest assured it's under way. Deadbrain.com was joking that the Lopez nuptials were already falling apart: "The final straw apparently came when they completed opening their wedding gifts. ?Opening these gifts was such a great experience for them, they knew it could only go downhill from there,' reports Lopez's shoe closet maid." But this Internet comedian takes the next natural satirical step in this marriage-go round. "Lopez might have already set her sights on her next beau ... the ample-bottomed temptress is infatuated with Britney Spears fiance Kevin Federline. ?She's completely taken with his provocative moves, and loves the fact that he's a family man who is ready to make a commitment.'?
Misbehavior from our richest pop stars and movie stars is so predictable a pattern that it ought to be an easy lesson for every parent -- about how fame and fortune can cause people to lose all their moral bearings and act as if they are Hollywood gods, accountable to no one. But you still have to regret how celebrities and celebrity journalism have great potential to mislead the young into anything-but-glittery emptiness, with a trail of abandoned children as the ultimate victims and monuments to their unbelievable selfishness.