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“Celebrityism, stated simply, is the worship of celebrities as some sort of demigods, watching their every move and looking up to them as if they are something more than humans.” (source)
Celebrityism really irks me. Turn on the TV, and you’re bombarded with celebrities in commercials, on EXTRA, Entertainment Tonight, Leno/Letterman, or reality TV (barf). Our society has become consumed with an interest in and worship of these hollywood actors.
People monitor their daily activities, where they go, who they hang out with. Tabloids make a fortune off of slandering them. Paparazzi make a living off of stalking them and taking pictures of them doing normal, every day things. Who cares who kissed whom? Who cares who said what to whom? Who cares who ate at some normal restaurant? They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like the rest of us. Why don’t people come watch my every move? Perhaps somebody can make a fortune by reporting that I use Charmin 2-ply.
I just don’t understand what is so special about “celebrities” that give them an elevated status in society, to the point where it becomes an obsession with “normal” people everywhere. They’re just people, for heaven’s sake!!!
I think that those who idolize these celebrities are naive, incompetent, and bored. Get a life, people. Create lasting, meaning relationships with those around you, not some distant actor who would never give you the time of day. Pop your bubble, stop your fantasy, and get on with life.