Is Victoria Beckham Ever Going to Happen in America?


Victoria Beckham's had a long-standing desire to conquer American television, one that supersedes her dream to just become America's Next Top Czarina. For her newest network venture, Beckham will replace Elizabeth Hasselbeck on The View for one episode during the regular co-host's maternity leave -- a notable gig for Beckham, who's previously relied on former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller for her big breaks (he produced her U.S. reality special for NBC and landed Beckham her recent guest judging gig on his own American Idol). Still, none of this news addresses a salient issue: Do stateside couch-dwellers really care about Victoria Beckham?

Beckham's quest for American prominence has turned out some respectable appearances (a guest-judging spot on the fourth-season finale of Project Runway) and, well, "vapid, orgiastic, self-indulgent" endeavors too. A central kink in Beckham's springboard to prominence is confusion over who she is -- for all of her tabloid omnipresence, you'd be hard-pressed to find a Yankee who has actually seen the woman speak. Even for those who consider Beckham a relevant fashion icon, she still represents an aloof, aristocratic form of celebrity, one with little reason to dabble in plebeian matters like The Views' Hot Topics. In order for her fame to work, she needs to reorient and reinvent her image, since thus far her intrigue extends as far as smirks at LAX.

Her self-effacing 2007 appearance on Ugly Betty was a step in the right direction, but ultimately, America likes to debunk the mystique of patrician celebrities via TMZ, not through a celebrity's own machinations. If Vicky plans to reclaim her persona, she needs to find a way to seem less like a Simon Fuller-helmed cipher and more like an actual person. With her September appearance on The View fast approaching, Beckham should discard her Marchesa column dress and don J-Crew attire, simply to prove she can. If she starts the episode admitting her secret love of Crocs and her addiction to Diddy's Twitter feed, we may have a daytime contender on our hands.

Victoria Beckham: 'The View?' [PopCrunch]


  • stolidog says:

    I think she probably needs to leak a sex tape with her husband. People would figure out who she was then.

  • The Pope says:

    Beckham's main problem is she does not smile. She is 2000% nickel edged ambition.
    When Simon Fuller called Vicky to come join the Spice Girls, she put down the phone and turned to her mother and said...
    "With this money I can get away from you. From you and your chickens and your pies and your kitchens and everything that smells of grease. I can get away from this shack with its cheap furniture. And this town and its dollar days, and its women that wear uniforms and its men that wear overalls. You think just because you made a little money you can get a new hairdo and some expensive clothes and turn yourself into a lady. But you can't, because you'll never be anything but a common frump whose father lived over a grocery store and whose mother took in washing. With this money I can get away from everything that reminds me of you!"

  • Observer says:

    I'm glad that even while Hollywood and the media are tripping over each other to worship this zero's every little step, the public showed a little common sense and decided not to buy into the hype (for once). She is a true dud. She's not nearly as attractive or appealing as she believes herself to be, and probably 1000 times more arrogant than her talents/contributions entitle her to be. Oh well, one down, hundreds to go ...

  • cvguy says:

    1. She seems a real bitch...Americans don't like bitches unless it is to make sport of them (Paris Hilton).
    2. Nobody remembers the friggin Spice Girls...especially in the States..they simply were never that big here..and once their 1.5 minutes were over they became nothing more than a question on trivial pursuit.
    3. She is not a classic beauty, but rather porn star hot..without the niceness or honesty of a porn star. Surprisingly porn stars when interviewed or featured in the mainstream...often come off as fairly normal, polite and level headed considering the career they choose; Beckham come of like a wax figure come to life, cold, not charming, normal or funny...but rather so in love with herself she is unable to see that nobody else is.

  • Neelyo says:

    She doesn't smile because she knows that she doesn't look good when she smiles.
    Observer, you're exactly right.

  • Lowbrow says:

    I was thinking the same thing. The headliner would of course be David Beckham's junk, but Victoria would hopefully get a supporting actress nod.

  • Old No.7 says:

    Who would want to see video of David Beckham screwing a 6-foot Fleshlight?. Wait, don't answer that.