You know... I was never a big fan of Anna Nicole Smith. Indeed, hearing her voice always made me cringe. I always thought of Anna Nicole Smith as some sort of circus performer... you know, the lady in the freak show that you would ooh and ahh over, and then go back to the suburbs and feel good about because you aren't her.
To be honest, I know a lot more about that woman than I really want to, but because I am a consumer of pop culture, it has been hard to avoid. I know of her poor origins, her days as a stripper, her first child and his tragic demise, her tattoos, her marriage, her posing for Playboy (and you men are lying if you didn't think she was way hot... you women, too), etc...
I will say this about Anna Nicole Smith: Whatever her life story is, she doesn't deserve the treatment that her death has caused her to suffer in the media. Various media outlets, including the Washington Post have practically called the woman a whore. The circus-like attitude of both the print and television media has been shameful.
No one would dare criticize Tony Randall or Donald Trump, or even Larry King for marrying women that are literally half their age. Why? because they are men. Not only men, but wealthy men... and therefore worthy of respect. I'm not saying anything about this woman's marriage to that ultra-rich guy... but to call this woman a whore because she might have done something that many people have done since money was invented is just wrong.
This, my friends, is classism at it's worst. None of this would be happening if Anna Nicole Smith had been born in a middle class brick house, and she had gone to college and then discovered acting as a young woman.... blah, blah, blah! Even if she was a crappy actress.
I suppose that leaving yourself open to this kind of treatment in life or death is the price of fame, but it doesn't make it any better.