Comments: Have you experienced Warhol's iconic '15 minutes' of fame?
The Campbell Soup Company celebrates the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol's soup can series with special edition labels.
September 5th, 2012
04:15 PM ET

Comments: Have you experienced Warhol's iconic '15 minutes' of fame?

Editor's note: We're listening to you. Every day, we spot thought-provoking comments from readers. Here's some comments we noticed today.

Andy Warhol once said that "in the future, everybody will be famous for 15 minutes." He's been dead for 25 years, but he's still got his fame. This week, 1.2 million limited-edition cans of condensed tomato soup with Pop-art-inspired labels go on sale to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Warhol's famed art piece "32 Campbell's Soup Cans."

Readers shared their thoughts on the artist's style and got us thinking about our own fleeting moments in the limelight.

Andy Warhol's '15 minutes' of fame are not up yet

One reader described her Warhol-esque decor.

AndreaMilnes: "I love Warhol, and really pop art in general. You should see my apartment, it's a minor explosion of modernism and it happens to feature the Warhol Wall. Fittingly above my TV I have four tinted photos of him, each with a quote, and I freakin love it. The quotes aren't particularly deep (ex: "everybody must have a fantasy") but then I'm not particularly deep either. It's part of the reason I love his work, you don't have to be 6ft up your own rear and up to your eyeballs in meaning to be interesting and produce great art. Art is awesome when it's done merely for the sake of itself. Add in the pop cultural and fashion aspects of Warhol, and it's a recipe for my adoration. So please believe I'll be eating lots of soup for a while, lol!"

Others took a different view.

norcalmojo: "Warhol was the Sid Vicious of the art world. He knew his art was commercial junk and also knew that people would buy anything if they were told it was cool. It was a joke on his own fans. At least Pistols' fans were in on the joke. Warhol fans are still convinced they're sophisticated."

One commenter described the story of Billy Name, a photographer who knew Warhol at the time the artist survived being shot. He described Name's apartment as a "mini Warhol gallery."

Jabooy: "My friend and tenant worked with Andy at the factory and they were good friends up until he died. In fact he was in the darkroom when he was shot and was the first to come to Andy's aid. I can tell you he will be pleased to see these soup cans and will buy a lot of soup!"

When we replied to him about his comment (and later reached out to him), this conversation was the result:

Jabooy: "Mr. Name has shared so many stories of the factory with me, both in person and watching him do interviews with television and magazines, I feel like I was a there! 🙂 A little too young however ..."

CeltinWood Responder: "Seems Jabooy mined his '15 minutes of fame' directly from the Warhol playbook with his recent entry?!"

So that got us thinking, what about you? Have you ever found yourself suddenly famous, but only for a few minutes? Have you ever been "Internet famous"? Or are you simply famous all the time?

Whatever your degree of celebrity, please share your story in the comments area below or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

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    I was interviewed on CNN by Ben Weedeman at the New Years Eve 2000 concert at The Pyramids in was more like 30 seconds of fame...all good.

    September 5, 2012 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsaidi

      Hm, well that's cool. Maybe the 15 minutes lasts a little bit longer than the actual moment of fame itself.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. raven

    Well, surely you didn't use the name It's pretty hard to gauge how famous you are/ were when you use a screen name.. If you WANT fame to last longer than thirty seconds( or fifteen minutes for that matter) you gotta put yourself out there, my friend!

    September 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. raven

    Hey, I pride myself on being able to spell guage! Dunno how that happened...

    September 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • bobcat (in a hat)©

      Well done raven. I'm proud of you.

      September 5, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    hi @chrissy and all you good folks.
    I did savor the speeches last night and was just savoring Bill Clinton'r charisma. destroying the phony facade of the 'opponents' who have sadly come to rely on propaganda and tactics like voters block etc.
    My faith in this country's future, which was at a low ebb, has had a bump listening to what makes sense, hits where it should, makes us sit up and and gauge (did i spell that right @raven?) the difference between noise and substance.
    I sure hope voters are able to do that.

    September 5, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    When my uncle Jerry came back from 'Nam, he wasn't the same. Before, he was a ladies man. He owned several automobiles, incl. his fav 69 Dodge Charger, and a '72 Ford Bronco 302. And don't go gettin' all huffy. He also owned a '65 Vette, a '64 GTO, and a '55 Nomad.
    But when he came back from 'Nam, he wouldn't even go fishing with me or drink a Olympia Beer with me...his fav beer in spite of his dad, my grandpa.
    They drug our boys. And have been doing so for a long long time. Poor little fellers. I had another uncle fighting in Alaska during WWII, only MJ instead of petrochemical pharmaceutical. Ivan Emil Roper (R'ingIP) If yer ever in Collbran CO, cemetary to the north.

    September 6, 2012 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. raven

    Actually, your body will have regenerated everything in itself over the course of seven years.Even your organs.It's true. Promise.

    September 6, 2012 at 1:23 am | Report abuse |
    • eville11

      I heard five years, but yep its true. If everybody gets 15 mins, and they can't overlap, that's about 200,000 yrs. who wants to be last?

      September 6, 2012 at 2:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil

    Hi @raven. True, but you are considering each cell rather than each organ.
    Every seven years, the human body is an entirely new human body. Each cell is replaced every seven years. (other than our brains and it's vital connections, our neurosystem)
    Our lungs, for example, begin being REPAIRED after 20 minutes of not being damaged. Our VITAL one and only LIVER, is our only organ that REGENERATES (not simply repairs) ITSELF!
    Until 75% of your liver is shot, you will live. Acetomenophen is responsible for over half of all liver damage. (FDA)

    September 6, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil

    Organs are not simply masses of cells, @raven.
    Your heart isn't just a pump, for example.
    The complexities of the human species of animal perplex EVERYONE by an order of MAGNITUDE over other animal speicies and their trivial pursuits.
    That one single species would be the only species' future ever thought of disproves human evolution. How is it that we are the strongest, if we are the obly ones who were allowed to even think of being strong?
    We are in a league of our own. One big team with several coaches pitting us against each other.
    @raven. You know this. Do you not?

    September 6, 2012 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • Calibrae

      How do we know how intelligent animals are when we can't communicate with them? I've seen squids who are more intelligent than some people I know.

      September 6, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  9. raven

    Philip, respectfully disagree. That we are the smartest ( also the dumbest, in my opinion) species does not preclude the intelligence of other species. Or that their survival/future isn't in the grand scheme of things. Otherwise all other species wouldn't even HAVE reproductive organs. We are smart. We have designed weapons that could obliterate all life on the planet. Yeah, we are smart, I'll give you that.

    September 6, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    Psst, there was no fighting in Alaska...

    September 6, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. canadafirstaid

    Hey; Are the guys – who've been steal'n our Maple Syrup??? Don't drink that stuff, man – it's toxic!! cfa

    p.s. It's worst then 'Agent Orange' / / /

    September 7, 2012 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
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