Celebrity Sells – New York Times Opinion Letters


New York Times – Opinion Letter

Your columnists frequently wonder what keeps Donald Trump afloat in the presidential campaign. The answer is in the air all around us: celebrity. Donald Trump acts like a celebrity. Joe Biden does not act like a celebrity.

And how do you act like a celebrity? You are defiant — just like Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Boy George and Madonna. Defiance draws public attention and gives celebrity and success to the loudest voices in the room.

Landon Y. Jones
Princeton, N.J.
The writer is the author of “Celebrity Nation: How America Evolved Into a Culture of Fans and Followers.”