Hollywood Walk Of Fame Bans Reality Stars
Though the TV networks are getting rich off of its low budget and high revenue margins, the creatives in Tinseltown still, it seems, refuse to accept reality television as a true contributor to the long-lasting artistic and sociological legacy of entertainment and pop culture.
So, sorry Kim Kardashian: your wedding may be the stuff of celebrity royalty, but you still ain't getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In a recent posting on the Walk of Fame's Facebook page, Ana Martinez, Vice President for Media Relations and Producer for the Hollywood Walk of Fame wrote, "Someone asked if we give reality show characters stars? Hell to the No!"
Later, she told CNN that the Walk of Fame's criteria included: "longevity in their field of entertainment, awards and other honors, and philanthropic work."
This year, Jennifer Aniston, Jennifer Lopez and Kate Winslet lead the list of new inductees.
Of course, they're somewhat flexible about their admissions policy; Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog and Big Bird all have stars, which is appropriate given their impact, but a bit iffy given their fictional existence. There are also stars in place for Magic Johnson -- for his movie theater chain, apparently (certainly not his late night talk show), though his prominence in LA as the Lakers' longtime star probably didn't hurt, either. Perhaps because they've flown amongst the stars (and their moon landing was an iconic part of TV history), the Apollo 11 astronauts have stars, too.
Snooki and co. can be comforted by some of the other celebs who don't have stars; one can only imagine the commiseration that would go down between the little Guidette and Julia Roberts, who famously declined to have her name on the walk.
Meanwhile, honorees David Hasselhoff and Pat Sajak laugh at it all.