Attention Nia Sanchez and Other Celebs: Seeking Fame Brings Scrutiny

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

Illustration by Cierra Pedro

It kind of goes without saying, but being a celebrity, or achieving celebrity-like status, however fleeting, opens you up to a lot more scrutiny. Brilliant, right? It’s so stupidly obvious it’s basically dumb to even bring it up. Except. It might be obvious to all of the rest of us, but the exact people to whom it’s the least obvious are the ones who seem to seek the spotlight.

Nia Sanchez made state history when she went from Miss Nevada to Miss USA on June 8 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Cool, great story for the Silver State. We finally got one. Except.

About as soon as Sanchez donned her sash and tiara, the whispers started coming out that she wasn’t really a Nevada resident. She’d been working at Disneyland as a princess, and competed in the Miss California pageants in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Sanchez says she moved to Nevada in fall 2012, and the Miss Universe Organization defended her, noting that she was issued a Nevada driver’s license in January 2013, a year before she won Miss Nevada.

Which is probably all technically true. But, come on. She went on New York radio station WPLJ and couldn’t come up with Carson City as the state capital. Then again, she’s a black belt in taekwondo, so maybe we’ll just let this one slide.

Major League Baseball legend/pariah Pete Rose should know what’s up by now, but the frequent Mandalay Place autograph maker told he’s still hoping to have his lifetime ban lifted, whether by an on-his-way-out-the-door Commissioner Bud Selig, or whoever happens to come in after him. Except.

Rose is also helping an IndieGoGo campaign for SportsBeep, a fantasy sports wagering app (just $499,705 short of its $500,000 goal as of June 16). Which seems like it’s not exactly the gig to endear him to any commissioner who’d like to quietly slide the Hit King into the Hall of Fame and stop clutching his pearls over all the gambling stuff. We still want to see some bookmaker set a line on Rose getting in during his lifetime. For the metatextual social commentary, if nothing else.

Sometimes, all that extra scrutiny works out for the best, though. Richard Dunn set the Internet on fire when he did his “All By Myself” lip-synch video at McCarran International Airport. The viral powerhouse went all the way to the top. The top, in this case, being Celine Dion.

Dion filmed a response video of her own, telling the fellow Canadian and current No. 1 fan that he was welcome to swing by her show any time he was otherwise trapped overnight in the airport. She’s reportedly making good on that on July 4, when Dunn is returning to the scene of the boredom-induced crime. She’s hooking him up with tickets to the show and a stay at Caesars.

So we suppose the lesson is celebrity isn’t all bad if you’re pure of heart and deft of video. We just can’t figure out why Neneh Cherry won’t get us front-row seats to her next gig after that epic “Buffalo Stance” lip-dub we filmed. Is it the dollar-sign necklace and giant hoop earrings we wore in the video? It’s probably that.

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