Jessica Simpson Needs to Be Loved
I have never bought into the idea performers do their jobs because they want to be loved. I imagine a lot of them just look at singing or acting and think it would be a cool job to have. Most are in it for the money. Some, like Paris Hilton, make you wonder how they can use a fork properly without hurting themselves and you are just glad they have found some way of gainful employment as long as their DUI incidents do not kill anyone. All that to say, just like any other job, entertainers should what they want to do with their lives for myriad reasons.
But Jessica Simpson blatantly does it because she wants to be loved. You can feel her desperation. I am tempted to chalk it up to daddy issues, since Poppa Joe is famous for having shoved her out on stage at an early age to make a buck or million. He has not quit yet even though Simpson is at the age one should have long since cut the apron strings under nortmal circumstances, much less when said child is independently wealthy.
Take for instance this new embrace of country music. I have been following it for a while because quite a few musicians have made the switch over time hoping to purge past genre association. Mike Nesmith did a blink and you will miss it run at country in the early ‘70’s to shed his Pre-Fab four Monkees image. Thank heavens his grandmother invented white out, because it did not go so well for him. Amy Grant wanted to shed much of her contemporary Christian reputation by moving over to country in the early ‘90’s. she met with better success. Country has always been willing to embrace a superficial form of Christianity without trying to scare anyone off. She even hooked star Vince Gill in marriage just to seal the deal.
So it does not surprise me Texan Simpson wants to give it a shot. The difference between her and Nesmith and Grant is the latter wre successful at something else they no longer wanted to be a part of. Simpson is turning country because there is no where else to go after having no real impact on the pop world and flopping in her movie career.
Her effort thus far to relate to country fans has been pitiful. Take her recent appearance in Ontario, Canada as a for instance. She wore the dress pictured above. It looks like something Minnie Pearl would have refused to werar because it would make her look old and frumpy. Simpson spent almost as much time talking about herself in between sets as she did singing, including at one point discussing her—I kid you not—flatulence. Rednecks love fart jokes, I assume.
She has not gotten over her reality show mindset. She still believes people are more fascinated with hearing about her personal life than hearing her sing. Truth be told, they do not seem too keen on hearing either. I am not sure if she does not know that or if she believes if she chugs along enough, everyone will eventually come around regardless. Hope springs eternal for the desperate.
Desperate she is, too. Recently, Simpson told reporters Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo was the love of her life. I do not question whether he reciprocates, either. But it is telling when you hear a starry eyed girl announce that publicly then a short time later say in another interview how she was suicidal when ex husband Nick Lachey left. When a guy hears those two statements back to back, he feels like he is being trapped by a clingy girl with abandonment issues. Going public with it shows a desire to be emotionally manipulative towards the object of her affection as well as generate sympathy with the public she he eventually leave.
I have often wondered if such people can separate the concepts of sympathy and love. They are not the same , Such a mindset appears to reveals a lack of love in one’s life. Simpson is an obvious train wreck in progress. It is sad to watch it play out in the public eye.