Friday, October 21, 2011

Celebrity groundbait (1) - Katie Price and Alex Reid

Katie Price and her crossdressed cortejo

Generations of theatrical performers have found themselves confronted with the problem of how best to portray the ghost in Hamlet; that is, how best to convey insubstantiality with substantial means. In the absence of a codified symbolism, such as exists in the Chinese Theatre, our actors have to date managed with stiff legged shuffling, talc, woos, etc.

But perhaps Katie Price has further enriched our culture by elegantly solving a similar problem: how to show symbolically that a lover is haunted and rendered insubstantial by the withdrawal of the sunlight of her attention, and she has achieved this by the simple expedient of marrying a transvestite boxer.