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Motley Crue Drummer Tommy Lee Debates Usage of the Term ‘Celebrity’

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There’s no denying it. We live in a celebrity-obsessed culture, but Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee thinks things have gone a bit overboard when it comes to usage of the term “celebrity.”

In a new online posting, Lee goes on a rant over the use of the term as he feels that what defines a celebrity these days is a completely watered down version of what the term initially signified. His full argument on the subject matter, in which he even questions calling himself a celebrity, is spelled out in the Twitter posting below:

I’m a celebrity … really?

I think that means being famous, having pissed on the world’s fire hydrant, leaving your mark for years to come and making a dent in the globe the size of the hole in the ozone?
 The world’s view of a celeb today is the most f—ed up, watered down bulls–t I’ve ever seen. I’ve been in this game for many years now and the abundance of lame TV shows really sets a gruesome standard. Stupid shows about finding love on national TV? Partying in Jersey? Trapped on some island? Celebrity REHAB? The B-C crew that weren’t celebs in the 1st place!! … Celebrity apprentice? If you are a celeb why are you looking for an internship?

People wonder “where the hell did the rock star go”? The Bowie’s, Prince’s, Mick Jagger’s, They’re STILL here people! There’s nobody to blame but our own silly ass! We watch the s— like fans at an Indianapolis 500 race where folks only go just to wait for a fiery crash and burn! Ok I admit I do it too … but for the love of Jesus, I know it’s not right. Do you? Really? And these people who have their few episodes of airtime go on to host parties, sell perfumes, wonder why they’re not bigger than they are? They wonder why their “stars” don’t continue to “rise.” WOW!

Do you guys remember the days of talent? Something God gave you, or YOU crafted it into something special that people wanted to go see again and again! And if you were lucky and you made it, you found a way to showcase what you could do? And get paid? Getting paid for your God-given talent … that rules. I am lucky.

Celeb DJ’s? Ok! … don’t even get me started!! … how is that some (and I use the word super-loosely) celebrities show up and plug in their iPod or slam their “killer mix tape CD” and pretend to have created or dance behind the turntables to some s— that they have no idea how it was recorded or what machines or people created these yummy beats/songs!!! … Celebrity! … The most misused word EVER! Getting beaten up more every day!

Here’s an example for you … CELEB CHEATERS? Yep, they’re out there. We all know that. And so does everybody else. But please … a TV SHOW?? … Enter that tattooed Jesse James chick and Tigers Ping-fling! Nailed that putt, didn’t he? Here’s how I see Christmas going down at those girls’ houses: Hey mom n dad! I’ve got a job this year! Look, I’ve got a show, with a cool girl I met in L.A. We’re into the same stuff — like f—ing rich guys for the sake of entrapment. It’s great. It comes with a 401K plan. Aren’t you guys proud of me?

The last thing these home wreckers need is more attention! They are nothing but fame whores and giving them a show is only rewarding them for their disgusting behavior. They should be forgotten! What were their names again? All I’ll remember is that one of them looked like Marilyn Manson.

Lee didn’t just open up about “celebrity” over the weekend. He also took another shot at the Calgary Stampede. Earlier this year, Lee reached out to Alberta’s premier in the hopes that he could appeal to her to put an end to the long-running Calgary Stampede chuckwagon races that he viewed as cruelty toward animals. Though the open letter brought public attention to the subject, the races went on as scheduled.

However at this year’s event a steer was euthanized after suffering severe neck injuries and trauma, something that Lee also brought to light via his Facebook page.

Next: Tommy Lee Asks Alberta's Premier to Cancel Calgary Stampede Chuckwagon Races

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