A very important post about…. Jennifer Lopez
jlo2.gif I have no doubt that hundreds of tabloid writers and millions of Americans are salivating over Jennifer Lopez’s third marriage — this time to Latin crooner Marc Anthony. [There are other reasons millions of Americans might salivate over J. Lo–ed. You know my preferences when it comes to Latino film stars.] Far be it ...
I have no doubt that hundreds of tabloid writers and millions of Americans are salivating over Jennifer Lopez’s third marriage — this time to Latin crooner Marc Anthony. [There are other reasons millions of Americans might salivate over J. Lo–ed. You know my preferences when it comes to Latino film stars.] Far be it for danieldrezner.com to deny Americans their God-given right to mock celebrities. However, since I’ve been defending American celebrities as of late, let me stick up for J. Lo’s recent nuptials. Consider the following: 1)
J. Lo’s moving up the talent chain
. This Bill Zwecker column in the Chicago Sun Times nicely encapsulates J Lo’s romantic history:
first marriage — waiter Ojani Noa post-first marriage — rapper Sean “P. Diddy” Combs second marriage — dancer/choreographer Cris Judd post-second marriage — actor Ben Affleck third marriage — actor/singer Marc Anthony
There is an encouraging trend here. With each successive relationship, J. Lo’s beau seems to have an increasing amount of talent — which presumably raises the level of mutual respect between Miss Lopez and her significant other. One can easily make the claim that Anthony is the best singer of the lot, but one could also say he’s the best actor of the lot — Anthony’s
one many film appearances include a lovely turn as the mute waiter in Big Night. Plus, it’s not like Marc is going to be swept away only by J. Lo’s beauty — his previous marriage was to former Miss Universe Dayanara Torres 2) “Marcifer” have a lot in common. Turns out J. Lo and Anthony have known each other and been friends for more than a decade. Furthermore, as the Sun-Times story notes:
[T]he superstar’s sister, WCBS-TV entertainment reporter Lynda Lopez… has said, “Jennifer and Marc’s similar background, Puerto Rican culture and heritage, professional interests and approach to life” will bode well for a long-term “Marc-ifer” marriage. Lopez grew up in a poor, working-class neighborhood in the Bronx, and Anthony was raised in a similar New York neighborhood in East Harlem. Both stars share similar musical and film interests.
Maybe these two crazy kids have a future together. 3) Compare J. Lo with some of her peers. Consider the recent statements of some other women who aspire to achieve celebrity status in more than one artistic realm. The Associated Press reports the following about singer/actor/dancer Janet Jackson:
Long before she exposed her right breast to the world during the Super Bowl halftime show, Janet Jackson says she had thoughts about sex. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve come to realize that I had a very active sexual mind at a very young age. I hope that doesn’t sound bad,” Jackson tells Blender magazine for its June/July issue…. “My first crush was on Barry Manilow. He performed on television, and I remember taping it. When no one was around, I used to kiss the screen.”…. Now, Jackson says she expresses more grown-up urges through one of her alter egos, named Strawberry: “She’s the most sexual of them all, the wildest.” The other character living inside her is Damita Jo, which is her middle name and the title of her latest album. Damita Jo, she says, is “a lot harsher, and quick to put you in your place.”
Okaaaaayyyyyy……. Meanwhile, here’s the latest on fashion designer/model/actress Paris Hilton, according to MSNBC’s Kat Giantis:
Is there anything more demanding than being rich and famous? Not according to Paris Hilton, who complains to Entertainment Tonight (via the New York Post) that she’s, like, suffered for her art. “We’re in the middle of nowhere, like 45 minutes away from, like, civilization and it’s, like, all real,” the eloquent heiress says of filming “House of Wax” in Australia. “It’s, like, really cold and last night we were shooting at this sugar mill and it really smelled bad. And I didn’t wear shoes, like, I don’t know.” Continues the beleaguered Paris, “We’re in the middle of nowhere and there’s bugs everywhere. Everything’s real. I’m actually running through a forest with bare feet — it hurts. I’ve done my own stunts, like falling. I hurt my knee — it was bleeding. But it looks good, so it’s worth it.”
4) J. Lo’s marriage has already lasted longer than Britney Spears’. By celebrity standards, Miss Lopez seems to have her head screwed on reasonably straight. We here at danieldrezner.com wish the newlywed couple the best of luck! UPDATE: Kat Giantis has further details on the wedding itself, plus the following:
Optimistic British bookies are giving 3-1 odds that Jenthony will split by the end of the year, reports Reuters. They are also offering 10-1 odds that the star will eventually wed more times than Elizabeth Taylor, who tied the knot eight times with seven husbands. But while Jen may seem fickle in her affections, she still has a long way to go before she joins Liz in Hollywood’s elite club of serial committers. In fact, her three aisle walks can’t compare to the likes of Zsa Zsa Gabor (married nine times, including one union that lasted just a day); Mickey Rooney (married eight times, once to statuesque beauty Ava Gardner); Lana Turner, Larry King, and Martha Raye (all married seven times); Gloria Swanson and Hedy Lamarr (married six times); Billy Bob Thornton and Martin Scorsese (married five times and counting); and Lorenzo Lamas, Melanie Griffith, and Christie Brinkley (all married four times and counting, though in Melanie’s defense, she did marry Don Johnson twice).
Daniel W. Drezner is a professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and co-host of the Space the Nation podcast. Twitter: @dandrezner
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