As I first approached my topic I had no idea that it would end up like this. I began in my mind that I would talk about how celebrities are above the law and pretty much worshipped by the regular population. But after we were assigned the girls next door piece, my view on my topic completely changed. I realized that some people tagged “celebrities” are not really celebrities. For instance, the girls in the show “girls next door” have done nothing with their lives but be in a relationship with playboy’s founder Hugh Hefner, and now when they are seen in public they are considered “celebrities”. Why is that? What have they done? What have they accomplished in life that allows them to be tagged a “celebrity”?
In my life I was always taught that if you work hard and you accomplish great things, you would be praised by your peers and considered special. My problem with these people is not that I dislike them but that I am in a disagreement of their title and how they received it. Paris Hilton is daughter of a multi million dollar family. Do you think if she was not a part of that family and was the same person that she would even be watched? Her social status helped her be watched by the public and now she has developed into a phenomenon among the media and the rest of the population. But what has she done to be considered so special and be tagged a “celebrity”? She made an album that did pretty bad with sales, she was in a movie that did pretty bad with sales, and she was on a television show that did pretty good with ratings but was overall pointless watching. All this together has created this super Hilton person that everyone wants to see and everyone loves, but why?
In a world that has so many fake people and false information one must always ask why. There is a saying that if you ask why 3 times in any situation that you will end up at the source of the problem. That is why I try and ask why to everything in my life and everything that I analyze. Why I thought about this topic I knew that this would fit in perfectly. I did a blog post earlier in the semester about wrestlers and how they are considered in many people’s views as “celebrities”. Now I would have agreed with that when I was like 9 years old. I use to watch my favorite wrestlers fight in the ring and cheer them on and I always thought to myself that one day I could be the person and I could do those things and everyone would love me. But now every asking why to everything and looking at wrestling closer than I did when I was 9 I figured that these men are not “celebrities”. All they are doing is promoting violence amongst children which then develops and carries with them when their older. Wrestling has always carried this stereotype that men have to look a certain why and have to act a certain way and have to be this alpha-male to be respected and feared. The wrestlers even in some cases slam women through tables and hit them with their fist or slam them on the ground. I understand that it is a show, but what is it showing? That it is ok to be violent against women, that is alright to abuse women and show them that men are stronger than women. And after all this the media and the majority of the adult population consider these people as “celebrities”.
It is hard for me to figure out why this is occurring. I understand that my definition of a celebrity is different than the norm. But the norm is not always correct. My definition of a celebrity is a person who has worked hard to become rich and famous in with becomes popular helping others and the society around them to make it better for everyone else. A person fortunate to have a lot of money for the skills they possess but yet still humble and not flashy, helpful and not arrogant is what a celebrity should be. And this is the kind of person that should be idealized by the rest of the population. In reality we get people admiring Kevin Federline, Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie, Ashley Stewart, and John Cena.
This leads to my last blog post about motherhood and Angelina Jolie. I had gotten different response from my friends about this post, some in agreement and others against it. I consider Angelina Jolie to be a good celebrity. She used her fame and fortune to help three children from different parts of the world and give them a shot at a good life. You see my mother died at a very early age in my life and I was always told that I would probably never have a shot at a good life because of that. I admire Angeline for giving these children a shot at a great life and saving them from what could have been death. Now no one knows for sure whether she is adopting these children because she genuinely cares (lets hope) or she is just doing this to get attention from others and wanting people to consider her as a great humanitarian.
The perception I had when I started this blog and now is the same. I still believe that many people in