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Poem: Hollywood Is Dead

Anne is a writer with a passion for self-expression and publishing.

A Place Where Dreams Come True?

Most people have a skewed view of Hollywood and exactly what this place means and what it represents. We all put it up on this pedestal, but really, there is a lot we don't know.

Most people have a skewed view of Hollywood and exactly what this place means and what it represents. We all put it up on this pedestal, but really, there is a lot we don't know.

Preface

This poem was written from an experience I recently had. Maybe it's an epiphany, maybe it's something more, I'm not sure exactly. When you think about everything that's happened lately, from the Free Britney movement to now people moving on to supporting Amanda Bynes in her recovery journey, things start to take hold of you. As an adult, I can really see that this place that I once thought was a magical place where dreams come true is more of a distant memory now. Everything is not always what it seems. You can either believe the headlines and tabloids, or you can do your own research and make up your own mind. No one will truly know the truth, except for those living the story every single day. Since Britney has spoken up about her struggles, many people have begun to see the underbelly of the beast that is Hollywood. I'm not saying that everyone's experience out there is bad. There are countless success stories and people who really enjoy working out there.

From the time I was a teen, I always dreamed of acting and becoming someone successful, but for most people, that is just a pipe dream. It has taken me years to finally realize that. Even with the birth of social media and people becoming TikTok or Youtube famous, it's still not an everyday thing. They would all like you to believe you can make something for yourself even being an average person, but it is few and far between when you really look at it.

Anyway, the point is, not to be negative but to tell you from personal experience, from actually talking to some people on the inside of Hollywood, I have learned things I wish I didn't know. It makes me somewhat happy that I am not famous; that I don't have to worry about all of the things celebrities constantly have to worry about. I'm thankful that I am just an average person, living my life, not having to deal with gossip, and rumours, and paparazzi. For once, I feel comfortable exactly where I am, right here, in this place. And that's the most important lesson one could ever learn.

Hollywood Is Dead

She thought she wanted Hollywood

The bright lights, the fame

The crimson carpet

Calling her name.

She thought she wanted Hollywood.

The adoration, popularity

No more living in obscurity

She thought she wanted Hollywood.

A summer beach house

A marvelous mansion

Just beyond the city lights.

She thought she wanted Hollywood

But then she found out the truth;

Hollywood is dead.

Everything you think you know

The media, the news, the tabloids

The gossip and rumors traveling around

Suffocating every last breath

Every last hopeful childhood memory

Is now forgotten in the past.

Hollywood is now out of her grasp.

Once you know, once you learn

This place is no longer something she yearns

But a distant memory; a forgotten American Dream

Hollywood is dead.

Hollywood is dead.

Gossip and Rumors

One of the worst things to happen to Hollywood is probably tabloids. There is so much we don't know, can't know. It's ridiculous to speculate and assume things about other's lives.

One of the worst things to happen to Hollywood is probably tabloids. There is so much we don't know, can't know. It's ridiculous to speculate and assume things about other's lives.

Conclusion

I hope you enjoyed this poem and maybe it shed some light and your thoughts about celebrities, fame, and Hollywood. Maybe this will inspire you to do some research, or maybe you disagree with everything I said. Either way, I hope the idea of it, the idea of this poem, stimulated you to think and question what you know. Oftentimes we assume things about other people's lives before we really know or understand what's going on. We make baseless judgements based on things we hear; we put the idea of fame and fortune up on a pedestal as if people in this industry have everything. We were all brought up with a certain view of this place, some good, some bad, but the reality is, none of use can know the truth unless we have lived through the experience of being there ourselves.

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