A recent event in German live-TV where former TV star, Marcel Reich-Ranicki, condemns the industry, the celebrity-indistrial complex, that made him and rich and famous, is amusing (if you understand German):
The old geezer basically says that he can’t accept the prize he is being awarded and had there been money involved he would have given it back. After a few insults the host jumps in…
However, it gets even more funny when Günter Grass puts him in his place:
Grass reckons that Marcel Reich-Ranicki has been instrumental in making German TV what it is today by lowering the tone, trivialising literature as it were, and running a one-man-show with stooges to pick down for many years. This point has been missed by most. So, no news there, the celebrity-industrial complex keeps unfolding all the way to the bottom line.