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Benedetti Versus Reality 2007-09-03

Posted by clype in Articles of Interest, Humanities, Intolerance, Scotland.
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Nicola Benedetti, the Scottish violinist, has made a stinging attack on ‘reality’ celebrities, such as the socialite Paris Hilton, footballers’ wives — and some of her musical colleagues.

The 20-year-old Ayrshire-born musician, one of the richest young women in Scotland, yesterday criticised a new culture that gives rise to WAGs (wives and girlfriends) and ‘talentless’ personalities from reality television shows, who are idolised by children worldwide.

  • She cited fellow classical musicians Myleene Klass and Vanessa Mae for taking advantage of the trend.

Picture of NIcola Benedetti the Scottish violinist‘The whole celebrity culture is grim; we’re taught from the age of ten that to have money and people shouting your name is the best thing,’ she said.

‘I know loads of really smart girls who say they would trade everything for that.

‘But for what?

‘Not popularity, respect or anything grounded in reality.

‘If you’re a celebrity because you have lived on a TV show for two weeks, there is nothing to celebrate about that.

‘I find it pretty gross. It’s disturbing that it is worshipped.

‘People nowadays expect things very quickly.

‘They think the output should always be far greater than the input.

‘There is a lack of understanding of the pleasure and satisfaction of learning, discipline and hard work.’

Pictures of Ms Klass, a trained pianist, taking a jungle shower in a skimpy bikini became a regular sight when she appeared on ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’, last year, while violinist Ms Mae posed in a wet T-shirt to broaden her appeal.

Picture of Myleen Klass showering in Bikini on I'm a Celebrity, Get me out of here! Picture of Vanessa Mae in wet teashirt

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