”In the end, only kindness matters,” sang Jewel in her 1998 single, ”Hands.” I’ve got to admit that normally, I’d disagree with the pop singer and sometime poet’s mawkish sentimentality — I mean, what about jealousy? And shame? And white-hot rage? Don’t they count for anything? But according to the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, it’s World Kindness Week, so I’m going to try embracing the light by saying something nice about five frequently targeted-for-ridicule celebrities. And I want all of you to do the same. Watch, I’ll go first.
-Everybody likes to dismiss Lindsay Lohan as an out-of-control party girl, but if you look at her body of work — from Freaky Friday, to Mean Girls, to the upcoming Altman film A Prairie Home Companion and Bobby — she’s actually got better taste in projects than most young actors.
-I will be forever grateful to Tom Cruise for wisely using his power as a producer of Mission: Impossible III to cast my longtime pal Felicity.
-I heard Britney Spears’ ”Toxic” at the airport on my way home from vacation last week, and I’ll be darned if that isn’t one tasty pop confection.
(Hang on. Just need a second to wipe the sweat off my brow and rub a little Ben Gay into my ‘kindness muscles.’ It’s been a while, y’know?)
-Okay, where were we? Aside from Madonna, nobody makes videos as consistently great as Michael Jackson.
-And finally, I like (and occasionally use) the catchphrase made famous by Paris Hilton (above): ”That’s hot.”
Alrighty, PopWatchers. That wasn’t so hard, was it? Now make me (and Jewel) proud. Pick an oft-maligned entertainer and share something other than your mockery and scorn. Go!
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