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Thoughtless Speech Toward a Celebrity

Once Kathryn Grayson, a most accomplished singer and actress visited Charlottesville, Virginia. She appeared on a downtown festival devoted to the arts.

Now there are all sorts of famous movies and other productions Ms. Grayson appeared in. There was a wealth of questions that might have been asked about her lifetime of endeavors to entertain the public.

So what was one question that was asked, and that had to be an insult, even if the actress did not let on that it was?

Someone asked her how it felt to act alongside Mario Lanza. How would you have felt if you were Kathryn Grayson and someone asked a question such as that?

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LeaPea2417 wrote on December 19, 2015, 9:03 PM

I have no idea how I would react because I do not know who Mario Lanza is.

DWDavisRSL wrote on December 19, 2015, 9:31 PM

First, was the person who asked the question male or female? If it was a female I could almost understand why she would ask what it was like to work with Mario Lanza. Still, does that does not mean the questions was any less insulting.

VinceSummers wrote on December 19, 2015, 10:17 PM

As I understand it, it was uttered as if Ms. Grayson was nothing compared to Lanza. Nothing could be further from the truth. They were both exceptionally talented.

morilla wrote on December 20, 2015, 1:21 AM

Would you have preferred them asking what it was like to worked alongside Van Johnson, Howard Keel, Frank Sinatra, or Gene Kelly? Maureen O'Hara was constantly asked which was her favorite, male co-star. ("John Wayne - of course.") Likewise, there are many, many actors who are asked what it was like to work with this or that actress. It's not necessarily 'insulting' so much as predictable and expected. They usually just put on their 'face' and address the question; usually with a 'canned' answer.

When you get an opportunity to meet someone like that, it's not always possible to come up with a 'brilliant' question that might appeal to the individual more personally. After all, you generally only 'know' them via whatever success they've had in movies or politics or some other genre; i.e., you have little, if any, personal insight into them. That's without going into the idea that, most often, you don't have much time to ask questions. It's why many don't like promotional tours or book signings or conventions as the questions tend to be repetitive. In fact, most will tell you that they truly appreciate the rare, insightful, or 'interesting' question as it tends to break up the hum drum.

VinceSummers wrote on December 20, 2015, 7:41 AM

A very thoughtful comment, . A nice addition at the end of my article. Much appreciated.