Idolizing Stars

Posted: April 27, 2011 in Rants
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Despite the typical North American’s frenzied schedule, a majority of us always seem to find time to gaze at the stars.  Sadly, I’m not talking about our solar system.  We’ve become a society –for as long as I can remember– obsessed and invested in the lives of people that have no significance to us – celebrities.

The media –the culprit behind it all– is known for sensationalizing the lifestyles of the rich and famous, as well as the pitfalls of stardom.  The latter usually being more “news-worthy”, for no reasons other than the pure fascination of watching someone crash and crumble.

Really, why do we find ourselves caring so much about what’s happening in the tabloids?  Being guilty of it myself at one point or another, it truly does intrigue me.  Do we, the archetypal working class, use it as some form of pleasurable escape from our chaotic daily affairs?  Perhaps living vicariously with notions of a lavish and prodigal existence thanks to these seemingly larger than life individuals?  Are we just naturally hard-wired to admire, adore and ultimately worship?  Or on the opposite end of the spectrum, maybe we enjoy seeing them humanized in the gossip magazines and entertainment shows? 

I’m sure countless reasons can be argued, but I believe the constant interest in celebrity figures is an unhealthy fixation. 

It is even harder to deviate from the circus when the media does an exemplary job at spreading it to the masses and distracting from the real issues (I sound like a conspiracy theorist now).  I find myself being up-to-date and almost always informed of the celebrity mania, even if I don’t intend to.  I hear it on the radio when I’m out for a drive; I see it on the news when trying to keep up with current events around the world; similarly, I read it in the newspaper, even though I’m only looking for information on the latest elections in Canada.  It’s EVERYWHERE!

In recent “news”, the downward spiral of Charlie Sheen has ironically raised his popularity and exposure.  So much that he has gone on tour and sold out shows – as if he has anything worthwhile to say.  He really doesn’t, but people are eating it up!  I can’t even count how many times I’ve heard the word “winning” –a term popularized and coined by the troubled star himself—by my peers.  Sorry Mr. Sheen, but I fail to see how losing your job, struggling with drug addictions, and fighting for custody of your children exemplifies any form of “winning”. 

What is more troubling is the fact that children –although I don’t have any myself— wrongfully look up to many of these stars.  Sure, there are some celebrities that represent a wholesome persona and have a positive attitude that might make them suitable role models, but in a time where even Disney channel personalities are getting caught in scandals, examples are scarce.  Prime parenting is a must, especially at such a young age when they are easily influenced by everything. 

Of course one can look at a celeb and see a great success story; someone who grew up with hardships, but never gave up on their dreams and ultimately made it with their drive and talent.  It sounds fantastic and works well for an aspiring individual.  But why the media focus on instilling worship for famous people, who are grossly overpaid, when real heroes –that don’t get enough recognition– can be found in our own backyard?   Teachers, firefighters, policemen and scientists are great, realistic examples of this.  It’s just a shame that the current generation –and future generations to come— know more about Lady Gaga and the cast of Jersey Shore, instead of Einstein, Newton and Galileo.  Youngsters and adults alike (yes, even grown-ups) nowadays can’t tell you about legitimate news and real global issues that can have some effect on them, but they can tell you Kobe Bryant’s shoe size and which celebrity just got caught cheating.  There is just something fundamentally wrong about all of it  

Look, I’m not pretending to come off as some uptight, pretentious snob that doesn’t enjoy the various forms of entertainment out there.  Of course I do!  I love to watch good movies, exceptional dramas on television, sports when I can, and enjoy music from some of my favourite artists.  I even “follow” a couple celebs on Twitter, although I’m not really sure why (told you I was guilty of it as well).  I guess celebrity gossip is the equivalent of junk food; it tastes good from time to time, but ultimately it just isn’t healthy for you.  You can definitely enjoy it moderately, but one needs to stay away from the overblown hype and stick to the real world – and I don’t mean the MTV show.

Unrelated note: I’ve been busy and haven’t had a chance to blog in almost a week.  I apologize if my first post back is somewhat of a downer rant, but this topic was heavy on my mind and I needed to let some of it loose.  Thanks for stopping by!

  1. momfog says:

    I try not to get too wrapped up in it. I am guilty of reading the tabloids while in the grocery store line. I can’t help it. If my kids are in bed, I will occasionally watch TMZ. It’s just so hilarious! *blush*

  2. midaevalmaiden says:

    What I learned from this post: Celebrities are like junk food. Excellent analogy.

  3. Kymlee says:

    I completely agree with this post. I think it’s ridiculous that snookie gets paid millions of dollars for being an over tanned blithering drunken idiot than those who serve our public and our country. We have it all backwards. 😦 I’m personally chasing my music aspirations, but that’s because I know with money and notoriety you can actually accomplish something worthwhile, and not enough people who are in the position to do something actually do anything. Great post, you have a new reader!

  4. Hi Kymlee,

    I love your attitude, it’s what plenty of these celebrities are lacking nowadays. Too self-involved and wrapped up with the negative sides of show-business.

    “More money, more problems” is not a true saying if you approach the fame with a mature head.

    I’m glad you enjoyed the post and thank you for the subs!

    P.S. I’ve subscribed to yours as well 🙂

    • Kymlee says:

      aww thanks! Ya, it’s always been a pet peeve of mine to see someone get famous because of… nothing, and get paid money that should be used in helping our country get back on its feet, and helping the hardworking men and women who are protecting us on a daily basis but I will get off my soapbox and head over to my blog because I feel a new idea brewing 🙂 thanks for the subscription as well!!!

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