Celebrity Fascination

Personally, I’m getting tired of hearing about the financial, marital and addiction problems of the celebrities. Everyone has problems and I don’t understand the fascination with the downfall of successful people. Yes, every day problems make these pedestal sitting humans, well more human. However, the constant bombardment of the news channels and gossip magazines with their “failures” is tiresome. Isn’t there something more pressing than who is sleeping with who, or who has fallen back on their mortgage payments and certainly more urgent than who slugged a whole bottle of vodka at what event?

I have to admit that I’m guilty of reading some of these stories. But I do feel that some of these news worthy stories can be damaging to others, such as the spouses, children, or other family members. No one likes to see their loved ones dragged through the mud, much less have to answer the questions of inquiring minds.

And yes, the argument that they brought celebrity status upon themselves can be used. But there still should be some modicum of privacy.

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2 Responses to “Celebrity Fascination”

  1. Lemuel Says:

    Part of my take on it all is two fold. One, I see this fascination with such things to the exclusion of our attention to important news events as indicative of the sickness of our culture. Secondly, I think that there are those forces that recognize this weakness and exploit our tabloid fascinations in order to run cover for their own deeds that are far more dangerous.

  2. Tim Says:

    JM, you tap into something that’s distressed me for quite some time–the media’s celebrity obsession (mostly brought on by having to fill 24 hours a day) has turned us into voyeurs. Frankly, I don’t know who really is famous any more. I don’t know who the Kardashian twins are and why I should care, or why the divorced mother of eight merits a spot on an amateur dancing hour. Our voyeurism has whetted a taste for failure; it’s certainly more exciting to watch someone screw up than work hard. But it’s turning us into a culture of screw-ups, too. And that’s our failure.

    Thanks for this; it’s something we need to say over and over!

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