The basic premise for Fastball Fari came to me from observations about the role of “celebrity” in U.S. culture. Although the U.S. claims not to have royalty, movie stars, rock stars and sports stars seem to occupy a similar position. These are famous personalities that are followed, admired and “loved” by millions. In fact, celebrities often take advantage of their popularity by lending their images to promotional campaigns for consumer products and services.
However, whenever a celebrity purportedly commits a social sin or criminal act they are roundly condemned and denounced by the public, in collusion with the media. In this way, social/cultural heroes are destroyed and torn apart. This is especially evident with today’s multiple sources of electronic outlets, where celebrities (and politicians) are vulnerable to exposure through the many social networking sites. There are many examples; Tiger Woods, Paula Deen, Michael Jackson, and others. Celebrity-bashing has a long cultural tradition in the U.S.
Even more disturbing, the very popularity of celebrities makes them targets for disturbed individuals seeking attention and recognition, and they are sometimes attacked or even killed.