Friday, June 27, 2008

Starlets and groupies (by Suzie)

      I was reading a story about women dropping out of science careers on the ABC News site, when I saw a slide show titled "Jen: Starlet turned groupie?" and a photo of Jennifer Aniston. I clicked on it, and it had two different headlines for each photo and blurb: "Star by day, groupie by night" and "H'wood starlets, rock groupies." OMFG, this is ABC News. 
      The slide show includes Nicole Kidman, Drew Barrymore, Kate Hudson and Kirsten Dunst; other well-paid, well-known women; plus the required Paris Hilton mention. I guess "starlet" now applies to any female celebrity, even ones who make millions or win Academy Awards. "Groupie" used to mean female fans who had sex with musicians. ABC has now extended it to any famous woman who has a relationship, whether one date or marriage, with a musician. For example, singer Ashlee Simpson married rocker Pete Wentz. They're both in the music world, but she's tagged as the groupie. Apparently, men who have relationships with female musicians are not groupies, and there's no male equivalent of "starlet."