Well, it’s been a difficult year, but the good news is, we’re almost two-thirds of the way through it.
Sure, it hasn’t been all bad, and hopefully you were able to keep a few of your summer travel plans in spite of all the restrictions and mandates.
Still, there are some who haven’t been affected by the pandemic at all – and they’re making us all sick with their disregard for how the rest of us are forced to deal with it.
“Celebrity” is the state of being well-known, perhaps stemming from the Latin root celber, meaning “to be honored.” And then there’s “celebrate,” which celebrities often do – far more flagrantly than they should while millions are dealing with the pandemic’s effects.
Since my mother always told me never to say “hate,” I’ll just say that I immensely and passionately dislike celebrities – at least the Hollywood and spoiled-rich brat variety.
Sure, there are “celebrities” who have done great things for mankind, for posterity, for history.
But we’re not going to talk about them.
The celebrities of whom I speak are mostly young, nouveaux-riche, entitled – and don’t care much what anyone else thinks.
It’s to this end that they use their status to find every loophole in order to skirt the regulations in terms of travel and state mandates – the pesky rules the rest of us are stuck following – to continue their adventures and escapades as if nothing has changed this year.
…and the Have Nots
Yep, that’s you and me and everyone else who has been impacted by shutdowns, lockdowns, school cancellations, loss of employment and all the things that suck about the current health crisis plaguing the globe.
The U.S. is still struggling with COVID cases and state mandates. We’ve had to cancel our beloved summer vacations and stick close to home.
We suck it up and wear our masks, lest we get kicked off our commercial flights, all while watching these young, uber-wealthy moguls do what the rest of us can’t.
Money may not buy true happiness, but it sure doesn’t hurt when you want to skirt around the rules.
Vanity Fair, who often celebrates such wealth and make the rest of us feel broke and homely, recently shared how these poor little rich guys and gals are living it up while the rest of us continue to slog through this year from hell.
One of the ways they’re continuing to do as they please is to jet-set all over the country in a sort of cat-and-mouse game of playing the numbers when it comes to COVID cases.
They’ll watch the news reports, find out which states have loosened or tightened restrictions according to COVID cases and fly back and forth accordingly.
When New York was in lockdown, they abandoned their luxurious brownstones, hopped on their private jets, and went to their beach houses where they’d continue to host lavish parties.
One billionaire investor started off at his home in Miami, then flew to one of his other homes out west when Florida became a hotspot. Then it was back to New York to enjoy the reopening of favorite restaurants with outdoor dining when cases picked up in western states.
The Entitled are hosting huge parties and events at their million-dollar homes – going so far as to greet guests at the door with a cocktail and a rapid COVID test conducted by a private nurse. Guests can watch the sunset and sip their cocktails for the 15 minutes-or-so it takes to get their results, then join the party when they’re cleared as negative.
Meanwhile, the rest of us lowly souls have to make an appointment to get tested, then self-quarantine while we wait for the results.
No fancy cocktails. No sunsets at the local clinic either. We’re treated as if we have the plague while we wait upwards of ten days for our results – if we live that long.
I sure am glad to see our lack of rapid-test availability is because the uber-rich deserve them more than the rest of us.
And if these elites don’t have a private home in an area with low COVID cases? No problem – they simply rent out compounds that cost more per month than most Americans make in a year and then fly out all their friends.
No private jet? No problem. There are rental agencies for that sort of thing, and jet rental companies are doing a booming business right now – many have seen business double or triple from this time last year.
These wealthy celebs haven’t met a roadblock they can’t cross with a little bit of chump-change.
Of course, they’re still covering their behinds and protecting their “reputations” by having guests sign non-disclosure agreements and banning social media posts. They wouldn’t want the rest of us knowing what they’re up to and think poorly of them, right?
America is boring right now…
And then there’s the next logical step in getting their party on as regulations continue in the U.S. – they simply leave the country.
Some uber-rich are flying under the radar – literally – by high-tailing it to countries where they don’t have to deal with the nasty reminders that our freedoms are being curtailed in the name of safety.
These moguls are shelling out upwards of three million dollars to buy temporary citizenship in other countries where restrictions have been lifted.
That way, they don’t have to follow any quarantine rules or limitations that “visitors” to these countries have to follow because they’re easily buying residency.
And there are no hold-ups or mask mandates at the airport because they’ve got their private (owned or rented) jets where they’ll drink champagne on the way to their temporary home country.
Not a care in the world…
But what about their responsibilities? Celebrities have kids to take care of too, right?
For those uber-wealthy who have to stay close to home like the rest of us because they can’t uproot their kids dozens of times a month, there are plenty of ways to keep the party going.
While the rest of us have to get creative by building pillow forts and buying lots of craft supplies to keep our kids from driving us insane, these wealthy parents don’t have to deal with screaming kids who left the caps off their markers and paints from a brand-new craft kit that we bought while funneling the money from our weekly grocery bill.
They don’t have to hear the constant cries of “I’m bored,” or “I’m sick of coloring,” or the disappointment of their kiddos who lost their long-awaited trip to the Magic Kingdom that ordinary parents spend years saving for.
Nope, they have every good and service at their disposal.
They’ve got an “in” with tech companies and get first-dibs on new toys like flying surfboards that cost well over ten grand (one of which Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg was photographed riding in Hawaii).
There are fancy new bikes and cars and hover-crafts and go-carts, and these celebs have the ability to hire entertainers and private tutors who come to their homes and keep the kids busy so they can party on the beach, margarita in hand.
They can even go out and pay cash on the spot for a luxury RV so they can take the kiddos on a luxury road trip (with their nannies and servants, of course).
They wouldn’t understand the plight of spending two hours making their kids a puppet theater out of a cardboard Amazon box (which is then abandoned in five minutes), because they don’t have to.
But surely now that schools are reopening again, they’ll have to deal with the whining and prodding to get their children to pay attention to their virtual classes right?
Oh, ye of little faith.
The super-rich are luring public school teachers away from their poorly-paying jobs to become private teachers in their homes.
After all, they have new toys to play with and millions of dollars per day to rake-in while someone else deals with their pesky freedom-infringing offspring.
If I smack of bitterness, that’s because I am… bitter, that is.
Not because I would give an arm to have five minutes on a beach away from screaming kids (well…), but because these guys will never know what sacrifice is.
Sure, they may give to charity and love their kids as much as the rest of us, but they have the luxury of never having to deal with the harsh realities of life.
Realities like losing their jobs because restaurants have gone out of business… having to go back to work while their kids are at home as schools delay reopening… or being constantly screened and risk being thrown off a plane to visit sick family because they forgot to pack a mask.
They’re flaunting it at the worst time possible.
I don’t begrudge people spending their hard-earned money doing things that make them happy. After all, that’s the beauty of capitalism and freedom.
But I hope they don’t expect the rest of us to applaud their exploits at a time when they should be toning it down like the rest of us who have no choice in the matter.
They’re out there on social media showing us all their new toys, taking selfies at exotic beaches with their private jets, and ignoring the fact that no one wants to have it all thrown in our faces.
Yeah, they say, “We’re all in this together.” They praise healthcare workers and first responders who can barely pay their bills. They make an appearance at a food drive for the unemployed, discreetly parking their jets behind the tallest building so we think good of them.
If there’s one thing that drives me crazy (there are several, but I’m trying to wrap it up here), it’s giving lip-service to the public and acting like they care when they don’t have to walk in the shoes of ordinary Americans who see no end to the craziness of this pandemic in sight.
Vanity Fair reported on the comments of Elon Musk when he recently bumped Warren Buffet off the top of the world’s richest people during a time of economic crisis for our nation. He declared he “really couldn’t care less.”
And that’s what separates the Haves from the Have Nots.
The super-rich don’t live or play by the rules – rules none of us want to have to follow right now.
So, Hang Ten, rich dudes. But don’t expect me to swoon over you thumbing your lifestyle in the noses of ordinary Americans just trying to get through another day stuck at home.