“Celebrity Identification Disorder”
Posted by Ron Coleman on April 7, 2008
David Plotz wrote this about Charlton Heston in 1998:
At 73, Heston does remain an awesome presence—tall, grandfatherly, astonishingly handsome, his voice as magnificent as ever. President Heston has already employed that godly bass to great effect. His NRA speech produced a memorable sound bite thats being played and replayed on newscasts. Hestons ascendance seems to be filling some conservatives with what-if regret. Why didnt he run for office when he was in his prime?
Hestons fans are falling victim to Celebrity Identification Disorder, the same malady that causes people to write letters to soap opera characters. Heston periodically says, “I am not Moses,” but his admirers dont quite believe it. Hes been associated with extraordinary men for so long that they assume he must be one.
Yep. I said the same thing about Fred Thompson. He is also a great actor, tall, stentorian, authoritative, and a very impressive and effective person in real life. But in both cases, the role and the man tended, in some people’s minds, to get confused — not a sign of political maturity.