What constitutes a 'sleb' nowadays?

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What constitutes a 'sleb' nowadays?

Post by tocyvi on Mon Jul 28, 2014 9:04 am

A couple of my nieces are with us at the moment, which means I'm forced to watch programmes that normally wouldn't get airtime, but I'm glad I did. It has provided me with one or two moments of disbelief, of which the following is the pick of the bunch. This comes from a programme in which slebs answer (actually, usually do not answer) questions and the resultant prize money is donated to a charity of their choice. The first contestant (of three) was knocked out because he was unable to answer a particularly demanding question. I can't remember exactly what the question was, but if you imagine a General Knowledge exam for a 5 year old, you won't be far out.

There remained 2 women, one of whom, my well-informed nieces explained to me with an air of exasperation at the ignorance of adults, was something off Coronation Street. I can't bring to mind what the other lady was famous for but I'm sure it was something equally impressive.

And so to the question:

Q. Which monarch was on the throne at the turn of the 20th century?

1st Contestant: Oooh; that's a tricky one. I think I'm going to have to pass.

2nd contestant (the one from Corrie): Mmmmmm! I'm not sure, myself......was it Margaret Thatcher?

Now, my knowledge of history, isn't what you'd call encyclopaedic, but this is ignorance on an epic scale. Just how little time do you need to spend in the real world, not to know that a) Thatcher wasn't royalty (although she did refer to herself as "we" at one point, I believe) and b) that Thatcher wasn't even alive at the turn of the previous century.

The title of the programme was "Celebrity something or other" and apparently this is what constitutes a sleb these days. It's hardly any wonder that, when children are asked what they want to be when they grow up, they answer "A Celebrity". How sad it is that you are feted as somebody of note simply on the grounds that you have a walk-on part in a soap (of very questionable quality). There are so many other positive and achieving people around that are good role models that I despair that these (above) are the ones that the media choose to highlight.
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Post by Inkflo on Tue Jul 29, 2014 3:45 pm

Sad isn't it. Crying or Very sad 
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Post by peirol on Tue Jul 29, 2014 7:22 pm

If you really want to see how out of touch you are, try the sleb news down the right side of the page of the Daily Mail online. I don't even recognise the names of most of them. I think it all started with Katie Price who, when she gave up glamour modelling, seemed to take up a new career of getting married (repeatedly).

I think there is a bloke called Joey from "The Only Way is Essex" (no, I've never watched that either) who is actually famous for his stupidity - it's part of his celebrity persona. So he has to pretend to be thick even on the odd accsion when he might feel tempted to show a glimmer of intelligence. On second thoughts, maybe he's not so stupid, if his image has even got through to me, he must be doing pretty nicely for himself!

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Post by tocyvi on Tue Jul 29, 2014 8:30 pm

peirol wrote:If you really want to see how out of touch you are, try the sleb news down the right side of the page of the Daily Mail online.

Hi peirol
I'm delighted to say that I'm really, really out of touch!
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Post by Amber on Wed Jul 30, 2014 12:31 pm

lol! 

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