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Old 29th Aug 2020, 12:35
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Chadwick Who??

Some actor called Chadwick Boseman died, aged 43 from cancer.

The story is the most read on the BBC News website, but I can honestly say that my first reaction was "Chadwick who?". Then I look down the list of current topics on "Jet Blast and see that there isn't one opened for him, which given his apparent profile and importance you'd think there would be.

It seems to me that we (overwhelmingly the older generation) carry on totally obliviously, ignorant of matters and personalities that, so far as a large chunk of the population are really significant. Are we a bunch of "old [email protected]", or is most of the population emerged in entertainment trivia, and celeb culture. Discuss!
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Old 29th Aug 2020, 12:45
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Some actor called Chadwick Boseman* died, aged 43 from cancer.

Are we a bunch of "old [email protected]", or is most of the population emerged in entertainment trivia, and celeb culture. Discuss!
'Tis the former AT, the former!

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*Big role in the DC Comic fillums, among others.
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Old 29th Aug 2020, 12:56
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I took part in a quiz around 20 years ago, organised by BAA for companies working on the T5 project. Despite being pretty good at GK, I could answer only one or two questions out of, perhaps 80. The questions were all about current films, music,etc. There was also a photo round with pics of about 50 pairs of eyes you had to identify. I got Damon Hill but hadn't even heard of most of the rest. The question setters were all early 20s, a lot of team members were, like me, aged 35+ and rather baffled.
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Any loss to any family is a tragedy, especially so relatively young, but I canít help feeling the PC BBC are trying extra hard to give this actor as much coverage and publicity because of his ancestry as much as his contribution to the world of entertainment.
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Plausible. Not only had I never heard of him, I hadn't heard of any of the films/programmes either. That's what a 50 year age difference makes. Mind you, bet the benighted youngsters have never heard of Steptoe and Son or, say it quietly, Alf Garnett. And they wonder why they are not taken seriously. Happy to leave them in their mental fog.
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Old 29th Aug 2020, 14:08
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I suppose that when most of the contestants on "Pointless Celebrities" may as well be normal members of the public to my eyes, I must be well out of touch as regards who is famous for what. I could pass many of them in the street and not realise they were (allegedly) famous. "Pointless" celebrities they are indeed to me!
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I can never understand why the Americans decided to adopt 'Chadwick' as a Christian name, when it is properly a surname, believed to have originated as such (like the surname 'Saul') in Lancashire. Used as a surname by such people as Edwin Chadwick of Poor Law reform in the 1830s and who worked with Bazalgette on providing London with sewers, Sir James Chadwick, the Cambridge physicist and Roy Chadwick, the famous aircraft designer at A. V. Roe.

I can't say that I had ever heard of this guy before.....
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I once sat next to Joanna Lumley on a plane for a few hours (it was after the New Avengers and before Adfab series so we are talking sometime ago) and did not realise who she was, though the guys on the other side of the A/C did. I had to ask if I should know her She is, as you may have guessed charming. I do have some form with this as have also had a conversation with Pierce Brosnan at a bar in Majorca with out realising, a nice guy as well. I think the key thing is meeting people where you do not expect to see them, that is my defence anyway As for the late Mr Boseman I too had know idea who he was, or indeed seen his films, so I guess I am also an OF too.

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I heard the end of the BBC Radio 2 news, caught only the surname "Boseman" and immediately thought "Oh, no - not our lovely Sally Traffic!"

I'd never heard of the actual deceased though, but sincere condolences to (in the words of the BBC) those affected by this.
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Originally Posted by ATNotts View Post
I suppose that when most of the contestants on "Pointless Celebrities" may as well be normal members of the public to my eyes, I must be well out of touch as regards who is famous for what. I could pass many of them in the street and not realise they were (allegedly) famous. "Pointless" celebrities they are indeed to me!
Not to mention "I'm not a celebrity - get me in there!" which is now going to happen in Wales!
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For those complaining about the status of celebrities - it has been, and likely always will be that way.
The Hollywood stars from the thirties and forties, rock and roll legends from the fifties, pop bands from the sixties /seventies, sports stars and even news readers (!) - each generation has its idols.

And each previous generation looks down on the "new" celebs and their contribution to the world.

I hadn't heard of Chadwick Boseman either, because I haven't seen any of the Marvel films. But clearly a good many others have.
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Not every actor is a major household name (by a long stretch), but many are well known within certain age groups or genres; this chap has a decent pedigree.
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Old 29th Aug 2020, 16:43
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Originally Posted by radeng View Post
I can never understand why the Americans decided to adopt 'Chadwick' as a Christian name, when it is properly a surname, believed to have originated as such (like the surname 'Saul') in Lancashire. Used as a surname by such people as Edwin Chadwick of Poor Law reform in the 1830s and who worked with Bazalgette on providing London with sewers, Sir James Chadwick, the Cambridge physicist and Roy Chadwick, the famous aircraft designer at A. V. Roe.

I can't say that I had ever heard of this guy before.....
I have a friend who carries the forename of "Wilberforce" and just this subject came up in conversation one day. Will's a black bloke from St. Vincent, and he tells me that is common in the Carribean and some states of the US to name children after notable characters from history, even extending to adopting surnames as forenames - you can probably guess where Will got his name from!
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Where's the Carribean ?
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Where's the Carribean ?
Just a rushed keystroke or two away from the place you know fine well that I meant. 🙄
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Originally Posted by Blues&twos View Post
For those complaining about the status of celebrities - it has been, and likely always will be that way.
The Hollywood stars from the thirties and forties, rock and roll legends from the fifties, pop bands from the sixties /seventies, sports stars and even news readers (!) - each generation has its idols.

And each previous generation looks down on the "new" celebs and their contribution to the world.

I hadn't heard of Chadwick Boseman either, because I haven't seen any of the Marvel films. But clearly a good many others have.
The word 'celebrity' must be one of the most over-used in modern media. Either that or I'm even more ignorant than I suspected. Whenever the term is attached to someone on TV or in the press I can almost guarantee that the name is one I've never heard.
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Old 29th Aug 2020, 18:06
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...... or I'm even more ignorant than I suspected. Whenever the term is attached to someone on TV or in the press I can almost guarantee that the name is one I've never heard.
Indeed, my daughters feel I'm even more ill informed sbout popular culture than prooners do about my politics!
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Back in the day when there were 4 tv channles and a dozen or so newspapers to get your "popular culture" information from, we'd have probably all known who he was as it would have been difficult to avoid and blockbuster movies would eventually end up on the telly (probably on a Bank Holiday...)

Now there is so much stuff available to access, never has "I know what I like, and I like what I know" been more true.

Incidentally, I knew who he was as I watched the film on a long haul flight and wanted to know what the fuss was about - only way I get (got!) to see newish films....
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With all due respect to the departed and to his nearest and dearest, I really wonder how many people in the UK had ever heard of him, including younger generations. To make this the lead story must call into question the judgement of somebody in the BBC and his/her motives for promoting such a story.

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