Pop-Culture | Posted by Brianne L on 07/15/2009
We have fostered a society where talentless celebrities have come to rule our culture. This is our own fault. The false relationships that we have created with these beautiful and famous people have become obsessive to the point of megalomania. Living through their lives and investing interest into their love lives, rehab stints, and other serious “problems” has proved to be a successful distraction from the difficult reality of our world.
Drastic changes in the hairstyles of strung-out pop-stars have seeped into the headlines of the national news and CNN alongside news about a continuous war of which some remain completely misinformed and unaware its existence. These “stars” have become more influential on our society than our government and on our government itself. Any mindless couch potato or gossip rag reader has no better reason to vote for a presidential candidate than an endorsement from their favorite celeb.
The most famous people today have become so for the most prestigious reasons such as: poorly acting out lines written by someone else, possessing a trademark body part/s, singing along to highly censored and produced music written and composed by someone else, having a trademark style of clothes designed by someone else, posting a popular youtube video, being married to famous athletes, mindlessly endorsing products, and/or acting like complete fools on low budget reality television. Celebrities are granted enormous amounts of power and attention for such inspiring reasons. The amount of unearned entitlement is astounding.
These are our role models, our idols. We unapologetically indulge in every aspect of their lives. We always crave for more vital details such as guessing the name of which fruit they will give to their children, drug scandals, exciting secrets regarding sexual orientation, “what they are totally into this week?!”, and of course, love lives!
The point of interest has become increasingly invasively disgusting. The constant harsh criticism of their bodies is not only accepted but in demand. The headlines “Best and Worst Beach Bodies” are sprawled across tabloids seemingly every other week. Extreme close-ups point out miniscule amounts of pimples, bruises, and cellulite accompanied with ridiculous captions remarking on the atrocities. Because we don’t put these people on the same level as “normal people” we expect them to be manifestations of everything that we consider to be beautiful and perfect. This obviously creates insecurities and unrealistic expectations of beauty for both women and men.
The amount of available mindless television has become absolutely mind numbing and deceptively brainwashing. The perpetual famed faux searches for love, obviously scripted reality series portraying rich cosmopolitan lifestyles–in addition to an endless list of plastic surgical programming are un-ending. These shows promote the same, predictable, coveted lives of the usually young, white, heterosexual, abnormally beautiful, rich and famous people. They are utterly boring and demeaning; these are clearly false representations of what is living American/Western culture.
It is time for us, as “the people” to challenge the worthiness and power these celebrities are given. Protest tabloids reality television, and star-struck-ness, refuse to give these people the entitlement they have come to expect. Stop watching Rock of Love Twenty Seven, put down the tabloid, ex out of Perezhilton.com and get a reality check.
Post Your Comment