Last week, Virginia couple Tareq and Michaela Salahi allegedly crashed a state dinner in honor of India’s prime minister. The Salahis—who also are said to have invaded the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Awards Dinner—claim they were uncertain whether they were invited to the White House. So they showed up “just in case.” Somehow (without tickets, according to authorities), they made it through security and schmoozed their way into having their pictures taken with the likes of Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel and the President himself. (Secret Service heads are rolling for this, no doubt.)
Here’s the kicker: the Salahis are reportedly being considered for roles in a planned reality TV show series Real Housewives of D.C., and the couple posted their White House pictures on Facebook, seemingly for more exposure. That’s when things got crazy.
Hey, I know Facebook has its positives, and I enjoy them. But lately I just want the entire social networking and grappling for fame thing to disappear. This shenanigan smacks of Balloon Boy 2.0. And who knows what else people will try to pull off in the name of attention later on?
Have you ever considered what kind of people we would become if Facebook and reality TV suddenly went “bye-bye?” If our culture didn’t make people famous for merely being famous?
Personally, I’d probably dance a jig.