By Nahuel Ribke
Exploring the transition of celebrities into institutional-electoral politics, the publication argues that many insights constructed through style theorists can be hugely instrumental to appreciate the fame politics phenomenon. It analyzes the historic and cultural specificity of famous person politics because it advanced via varied international locations and cultures.
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Extra info for A Genre Approach to Celebrity Politics: Global Patterns of Passage from Media to Politics
He can write a popular weekly column for a leading newspaper, as well as detective stories, psychological thrillers, children’s books, and his own autobiography, all at the same time. His mellifluous baritone induces immediate intimacy and confidence among his radio listeners. Of course he is also remarkably telegenic, equipped with the physique of The Terminator mixed with traces of Clark Kent’s shyness and discretion. Endowed with a handsome face and sweet smile, he never offends the guests on his popular TV talk show.
Distancing itself from the popular derogatory approaches towards the participation of celebrities in politics, this chapter proposes to examine the passage of the former 19 20 A Genre Approach to Celebrity Politics models into the political sphere in a serious manner, incorporating a cultural and historical perspective with an analysis of the dynamics of ethnic and gender relations in Israeli politics. Although she served as an MK (Member of the Knesset) for a mere four months, Pnina Rosenblum, a media celebrity and businesswoman, can be considered a pioneer among the former fashion models who tried to start a new career as professional politicians.
In this sense, we can understand some of the scandals and controversies surrounding their parliamentary work as attempts to maintain or increase their media capital by keeping the media’s attention firmly focused upon them. The huge numbers of Russian-speaking immigrants absorbed into Israel since the 1990s have changed the Israeli electoral map significantly, creating an acute clash between new and old political parties in their scramble to gain the immigrants’ support. It seems that within this particular political environment, the former models became highly attractive assets with which to seduce voters from the FSU.
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