Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Gestating While Celebritizing

Jennifer Lopez.

Jessica Alba.

Christina Aguilera.

Angelina Jolie.

Britney Spears.

Katie Holmes.

Marcia Cross.

Those are just a few of the names of celebs who’ve become mothers recently or are currently with child.

Starting from the early first weeks when most people try to keep a pregnancy under wraps for fear of miscarrying, paparazzi and celeb/Hollywood dirt diggers try to get the skinny on a potential baby bump that may or may not be growing on a celeb’s mid-section. This has become a virtual obsession that even makes it way from blogs and Hollywood gossip items to newspapers.

For several weeks this fall, for example, the media hounded Lopez – who’s pregnant with twins – about when she was going to announce that she was gestating. Why did we have to know about her pregnancy before she was was ready to announce it? Why have the media become so obsessed with the breeding habits of celebrities? Isn’t there something more compelling to cover?

The latest installment in the national obsession with pregnant celebs features two stories, one involving rumors that a TV star may (or may not) be growing a baby in her womb, and the other is about the 16-year-old sister of a troubled young celeb mother who is pregnant.

Oy to the vey.

For the love of Pete, can’t we just avert our eyes from these celebrity parenting train wrecks and simply leave other star moms and moms-to-be alone and simply worry about our own lives?

(Image from the Associated Press.)

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