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‘Celebrity chavs’ like Jordan and Kerry Katona reflect the moral delinquency of white working-class girls

January 27, 2011
‘Celebrity chav’: Fame, femininity and social class
 
From European Journal of Cultural Studies
 
Celebrity – ‘the condition of being talked about’ seems an unavoidable part of modern life. In Britain, the media regularly report the bad behavior of celebrities. We have been informed about Jordan’s boozy nights out, Cheryl Cole’s violent attack on a bathroom attendant and Kerry Katona’s drug addiction and destructive second marriage to name just a few examples. Regardless of these negative reports there is still a huge amount of media and public interest in all three women. This article argues that a new category of notoriety or public visibility has emerged and is embodied in the figure of the working-class female celebrity within celebrity culture and wider social life. We are encouraged to respond not with desire, admiration or benign interest, but rather with a pleasurable blend of contempt, envy, scepticism and sexual interest. The article refers to a range of news and entertainment media, including blogs and online discussion, in order to consider how ‘celebrity chavs’ are systematically reproduced as abject, gauche and excessive tragi-comic figures.

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