Heather Mills: Kids Have Never Heard of Some Guy Named Paul McCartney

Remember Heather Mills? Apparently everyone else does! Mills was on Ireland's The Late Late Show last night where she was repeatedly asked about her ex-husband, Paul McCartney. Mills tried to avoid the line of questioning, but a persistent host wouldn't let it go. "I think people are more interested than you allow for," said host Ryan Tubridy.

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"No, they're not," Mills replied. "[...]When I go down the street, I get kids coming up to me..half of them don't even know who he is. That's why he has to do songs with Rihanna and Kanye West, so people remember."

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But if kids in the street don't seem to have any idea who McCartney is, then they certainly know who Mills is. "When I go down the street," Mills said, "It's 'Oh my god! You're a ski-racer' or 'You help the animals.'" She added, "You know, I own the biggest vegan company in the world."

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Content of what Mills said aside (no one likes to be asked about their ex), my biggest concern is that she seems to be constantly followed by a gang of rag-tag children, like she's stuck in a Dickens novel or something.

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I find some of the "kids these days" arguments a bit tiresome. A typical teenager might have been born around 2000. Paul McCartney's biggest hits were 30 or 40 years before they were born. I'd be very surprised if your typical Baby Boomer born in the 50s or 60s knows very much about music from the Roaring 20s or the Great Depression. As great as some of the Boomer-era music is, we've fixed way too many of our cultural reference points on one fairly short period in history, and I think it tends to make it harder to have perspective about all kinds of things from music and art to when kids should move out of their parents' homes.

Uh, yeah, just a bit of a digression there. While I'm sure plenty of teens don't know or care much about Paul McCartney, I'd be shocked if any of them know Heather Mills helps animals.