I Hate Celebrities (Except for Me)
Shmuley Boteach’s biography on his website makes for interesting reading. Grammatical errors aside, it speaks of a man who has just written a book criticizing the culture of celebrities…but then goes to great pains to show how famous Boteach is!
Rabbi Shmuleyís best-selling books include Kosher Sex, Kosher Adultery, Dating Secrets of the Ten Commandments, and the critically-acclaimed Judaism for Everyone. His book, Why Canít I Fall in Love was a finalist for the 2002 Books for a Better Life Award and has just published The Private Adam: Becoming a Hero in a Selfish Age which critiques the American celebrity culture. Many of his books have been serialized in major international publications and have been translated into seventeen languages, including Japanese, Czech, Chinese, Dutch, German, Russian, and French.
Rabbi Shmuley is one of Americaís most sought after television and radio guests, having appeared on shows ranging from The Today Show to The View to Hannity and Colmes to Good Morning America, and nearly everything in between. He was also the subject of a BBC documentary, Moses of Oxford. He has been profiled in many of the worldís leading publications, including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The London Times, the L.A. Times, and The Washington Post. He also writes a weekly column which is published in Israel in the Jerusalem Post, and around the United States in various publications and websites including WorldNetDaily.com and Beliefnet. In 2001, Jewsweek.com placed Rabbi Shmuley at number 17 on their annual list of the 50 most influential Jews in America.
If this wasn’t bad enough, he namedrops the one celebrity whom he enjoys criticizing the most.
In 2000-2001 he ran a one-year initiative with the singer Michael Jackson promoting parents spending more time with their children.
Um, is this something you want to be bragging about?