The love of celebrity

In Lessons, Life, Media on April 17, 2011 by kiltforhire Tagged: , , , , , ,

There are many things I don’t understand and and I’m happy to admit this but something I really don’t get is the obsession with celebrity that has taken over the world in the last x number of years.

Maybe many people have always been obsessed but with the proliferation of modern forms of media this, for me, has become seriously unhealthy.

But what freaks me out the most is the fact that people continue to follow and like people they know full well have done bad things.

Take Chris Brown for instance. Now before he beat up some singer called Rhianna I hadn’t heard of him. Then he beat her up showed little sign of remorse and moved on with his his life. I just saw an advert on television saying he is playing shows in Australia.

Yup, people are paying to go see someone who beat up a defenseless woman.

What should happen, in a sane world, is that he would turn up on stage and the only people in the crowd are victims of spousal abuse who throw eggs and rotten fruit at him. What actually happens is that thousands of teenagers and younger all head along and watch him sing and dance and look up to him.

What kind of an example is that for youngsters today that men who beat up women are still idolized simply because they can sing or dance or play sports or something.

These people should be vilified.

They should be hounded out of their industry.

But they don’t they continue to make money and keep doing what they are doing. Why, as a species, do we not all turn our back on these people? Until they actually feel remorse for what they have done.

It’s weird I feel like the examples being set by a lot of adults these days are sending some crazy messages to the next generation. Even looking at Lady Gaga’s shows and many others. They are highly sexualised but filled with kids under 10.

Anyone under the public eye needs to realize that kids look up to them and that the things they do will get reported and be seen my millions.

It’s a sad state of affairs when those in positions of power don’t realize the power they wield.

3 Responses to “The love of celebrity”

  1. I completely agree with you, and would like to add how sports’ athletes are treated like celebrities and have money showered on them, while teachers and police/firemen/etc are underpaid and have little benefits.
    Pretty damn amazing.

    However, at the same time, just to play Devil’s advocate: Chris Brown is an artist by profession, most people know him because of his job, and because of the media and society in general that even his personal life has become public because of the job he does.

    I’m not defending Chris Brown’s actions. But even when you say he showed ‘little sign of remorse’, that’s based on what you’ve heard/seen in the media. If he shows up during an interview, gives a great fake performance with a few glycerine tears, apologizing, would that be enough considering that’s all that we the public got to see?

    Now imagine if you were judged at your workplace because of things that happened at home, in your personal life. Imagine if your boss suspended you until you smoothed over things with the significant other. Would it be right for someone to treat you a certain way because of an incident they heard about in your personal life that’s been resolved for years, which they have no way of knowing because they’re not that close to you?

    My point is: for these guys who are public figures, sure some of them asked for it sure, others treat it like a job, regardless of being an actor, musician, etc… they deserve their privacy. If the only reason we hear about their personal life is because of the work they do, we should limit our judgment and critique of them to their body of work, not anything personal that’s been aired in public.

    Obviously Chris Brown’s action were horrible, but who are we to say that he hasn’t moved on or isn’t regretful? Because the media portrayed it that way? Or because someone close to Brown told someone who told someone who told TMZ? And how does that make him undeserving of doing his job?

  2. While I tend to agree…are we not supposed to encourage remorse and improved behaviour? I’m not familiar with this person (I’m sure he is not the Chris I know – currently road-tripping around Australia) but I’d like to think, until proven otherwise everyone is capable of that.
    Am I naive, perhaps? Sounds like you know more about him than me – but I’ll give the guy the benefit of the doubt until such time as he shows my trust is misplaced.

  3. Agree with you on this one.

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