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Have your celebrity run-ins lived up to your expectations?
Have your celebrity run-ins lived up to your expectations?

Fantasy or reality in the celebrity world

Earlier this week, hip-hop artist and Minneapolis native Brother Ali was highlighted in an OnMilwaukee.com brief for his recent Barrymore Theatre performance followed by an appearance on "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon."

In 2005, I met Brother Ali at The Great Dane in Madison; he’d released two albums but was relatively unknown on the national scene and drew only a show crowd of maybe a couple hundred. He, in person, was exactly as I’d hoped and predicted—intelligent, interesting and humble.

But, obviously, that isn’t always the case.

To lots of people, the world of celebrity musicians, athletes and actors is more than a big deal; it’s a fantasy world full of expectations. It’s like knowing someone you’ve never met.

Whether you sit down for coffee with them, gawk as they pass by on the street or stare onstage through binoculars, there’s something undeniably fascinating about the celebrity run-in.

But, when reality rarely lives up to fantasy, would you rather meet your favorite celeb and risk tainting the image or continue to view from afar and maintain your ideal perception?

It’s a tough choice to make. Hypothetically that is.

I’ve met celebrities, particularly musicians, and loved some and hated others. And with those, who I saw in a completely different light than I expected or hoped, would I opt to take the introduction back? There’s no question, yes, indeed. The world of celebrity is always a world of fantasy and no doubt, I’m happy to leave it there when necessary.

Talkbacks

brewcitypaul | Dec. 22, 2009 at 12:23 p.m. (report)

I met Jack Johnson in Cali in 2003 when he played a parking lot show to 100 people. Very down, chill, down to earth guy.

I met Ray Lamontagne at Mos Steak House after his show at the Riverside. He bought a bottle, yes a bottle, of bourbon and said a few words to me "Thank you for coming to the show, please don't take a picture of me". Nice guy, quiet and weird, just like I expected.

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bayviewerM | Dec. 22, 2009 at 12:08 p.m. (report)

I can only imagine many "celebrities" have hated you, Maureen Post, as well.

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mrjohn08 | Dec. 21, 2009 at 7:55 a.m. (report)

I met Rob Thomas in passing - after the Matchbox explosion back in 2002. He couldn't have been nicer. Wasn't a Matchbox fan at that point but I gave him a better listen after that exchange.

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