Best Reader Comment for January 2014

I continue to be awed and humbled by all the feedback I continue to receive about my online journal, City of Kik.  Thank you all!  I'll continue to give a shout out to the "best of comment of the month," and this time, for January 2014, the praise goes to Bill Beck for his insightful thoughts on my blog post "No Such Thing as Bad Publicity."  (Past "winners" have included LibbyLiberalNYC, Margaret Feike, MalcolmXY, Bob Skye, Jan Sand, and Matt McMillan.)  Here's what Bill wrote about celebrities and the bad press some of them generate:

"It is part of a formula. Acting and singing talents, and I use that term loosely here, who make it big as children, have to erase their successful childhood or teen profile and become adults. It has sidetracked lots of successful child actors. I was watching "The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer" recently with Cary Grant and Shirley Temple. The film was done in 1947. Temple was about 17. The whole point was to turn her into an adult romantic lead possibility. We all know it didn't take. She stayed on the Good Ship Lollipop forever. Bob Denver never moved past Dobie Gillis and Gilligan. Ralph Macchio never got passed The Karate Kid. McCaulay Culkin is forever the kid from Home Alone. Brooke Shields barely escaped her childhood. Jodie Foster did sexually charged roles to announce her adulthood. It has become very predictable. Actors are commodities, and they have to develope into the marketable adult roles or their careers end. The girls have to be sold as heterosexual adult prospects, and the boys have to be violent, lethal, and borderline criminal. All that cuteness becomes useless. Bieber is just following the career plan path...Elizabeth Taylor might be the best example (of a child star who transitioned successfully to adult superstardom). The crossover successes are few and far between...My division in the LAPD was Hollywood Div. From my vantage point, drug and alcohol abuse was as common as lint. The lifestyles of the regular journeyman actors was brutal and irregular. I quite frequently got calls to scenes where fights went down between actors, or a couple where one or both were actors, high speed car chases in BMW's and Mercedes, ending in T/A's in the center of intersections, with the journeymen actors coming out and fighting like Godzilla on PCP. The studios are (or were) factories of social dysfunction. It is a difficult enough environment for adults to ply their trade. For children it is wholly inappropriate. For every Lilo or Britney, or Bieber, there are 30 or 40 has beens and never was-es acting out their slow motion suicides on the streets and in the holding cells and courtrooms of Los Angeles. Charlie Sheen had the number 1 show on television, and he was living with a porn actress, an exotic dancer, and high on every controlled substance known to man. That was what success looked like. The regular guy unknowns are much worse off."

Thanks to everyone else who commented or liked my posts this month on all channels. Here they are in alphabetical order.

Tal Aviezer
Sandy Brook
Nick Byrne
Damian Carparelli
Victor Chu
OldCootCork Corcoran
Timothy J. Cox
Lyle Elmgren
Margaret Feike
Andrew Gecaj
Chesyre Grin
James Hart
Beth Ingalls
Joe Laureiro
Dean Leggiero
L in the Southeast
Lucille Loiselle
Pam Malone
Matt McMillan
Chiller Pop
Holland Renton
Daniel Rigney
Valerian Root
David Ryan
Henry J. Sbrocco
Joisey Shore
Tr ig
Debbie Vega
Hann Virtanen
Simon Vukelj
Poor Woman

Thanks also to everyone who shared my posts on Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, and who posted a review of my blog on  As always, I truly appreciate it. Keep on commenting! Who will have the best reader comment this month? Share your thoughts and it might be you!