It's a thankless job, being famous. The non-famous person, reading the gossip blogs over coffee, or tabloids in the check out line, or magazines in a waiting room, can be excused for thinking, "wow. It would be so cool to be famous. All that money, all that attention...I want me some!"
But there is a dark side to the fame game. And it is time you knew.
Sure, starlets may make millions of dollars per movie, and useless heirs of fortunes may spend more on bottled water in a year than you will make in ten; but is that money theirs to keep? The answer is, shockingly, no. All those millions go to buying blow, buying paparazzi coverage (do you think anyone would follow Paris Hilton around at all hours if they weren't getting paid a lot of money?), paying taxes on "gift" bags, buying friends, and buying highly placed positions in trendy religions. When it all comes down to it, the dark secret of Hollywood is that your basic Bright Young Thing takes home as much as a burger flipper, at the end of the day. They just look better doing it.
Oh, you don't believe me? Well then. Consider the following:
They can't afford to eat. Or buy shoes. They can't afford good tattoos, birth control or proper childcare.
They can't afford lipstick. Or antiperspirant. They can't afford good plastic surgeons, or decent clothing, or even shampoo.
Poor Lindsay Lohan. It's not that she doesn't want to wear underwear...she just can't afford any!