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George Who?: Spotlight on a Fabulously Talented Celebrity Spouse

For those who are not celeb-obsessed like me, there is big news in the field of celebrity marriages: George Clooney finally settled down! The actor married girlfriend Amal Alamuddin over the weekend. Most tabloids’ coverage of the marriage contained phrases such as “Mr. and Mrs. George Clooney,” and “Clooney’s beautiful bride” . However, Amal Alamuddin has a few additional credentials other than being the one who finally tamed George Clooney…and this article lists ‘em all in satirical, hilarious detail.AmalGeorge-660x400

Posted on The Business Woman Media, the article is meant to mimic the tabloid coverage of the marriage, which focuses on George Clooney and his illustrious dating history and movie career. Alamuddin is most often mentioned as an addition to Clooney, and the only mention of her career is that she is a human rights lawyer. This article is an  exaggerated opposite reaction to the marriage, framing Alamuddin as “a London-based dual-qualified English barrister and New York litigation attorney who has long been a high-profile figure in international refugee and human rights law” and Clooney as “an actor, whose name is George Clooney, we’re told.”

While meant to be a satire, the article provides a solid introduction to Amal Alamuddin’s illustrious career as a human rights activist and lawyer. Alamuddin attended Oxford University for her undergraduate degree and New York University for her Masters in Law. Her list of achievements is roughly a mile long, from  representing Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange to serving as an appointed advisor during the Syria conflict to being on the “expert panel” for the Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative. For more details on Alamuddin’s many accomplishments, check out this article.

The article also critiques the media’s obsession with celebrities in the entertainment industry, stating:

He’s probably a nice man, but seems to be a bit clingy, as since she met him it’s hard to find a photo or footage of Amal without him hanging around in the background.

This quote highlights the idea that the majority of press that Alamuddin gets relates to George Clooney and their relationship, as opposed to her numerous other accomplishments.

Now I’m not naïve. I understand that the majority of the population knows who George Clooney is and has seen his movies, so I understand  why he receives more press than Amal Alamuddin. But wouldn’t it  be awesome if it truly was reversed? If Alamuddin was the famous one, and George Clooney was just an actor? I like the Business Woman Media article because it points out a larger societal trend that is bigger than Alamuddin and Clooney’s relationship: “celebrities” consist of mostly movie stars and singers, while activists are much lesser known. When comes down to it, I would much rather  learn about an awesome activist like Amal Alamuddin, and I hope to see more of her in the media (without George Clooney attached to her hip).

2 Responses to “George Who?: Spotlight on a Fabulously Talented Celebrity Spouse”

  1. bestlittlelion92

    I really like this post, normally when we talk about the women that Clooney is involved they are more like props and less like people. You gave this woman a voice beyond George and I appreciate that and love the approach.

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    • talkinboutmygenderation

      Thank you! Yeah, it definitely makes me wonder what interesting voices other celebrity wives have that we’re missing because of the media’s surface-level coverage.

      Reply

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