Celebrity Syndrome

I usually don’t find myself looking up celebrity photos on Google or reading all about the “biggest” insights of Hollywood stars on People Magazine or Teen Magazine. In fact, I cringe every time I hear about some teen celebrity getting pregnant or seeing Justin Bieber’s photo flash before my Yahoo homepage in the featured news videos.

Just what is it that has regular everyday people obsessed over these “stars” who really do not care for anyone but their fame? Sometimes, I ask myself what makes a celebrity; which is why I deemed it appropriate to bring this subject up.

It once used to be that people became celebrities due to the admiration for their accomplishing something unusual. By this I mean unusually brave and noble, not unusual as in eating a record number of maggots or singing horrendously on the American Idol auditions.

People used to admire those who made the first flight across the Atlantic, broke the color barrier in baseball and found cures for dreadful diseases. They also used to honor competitors like Gretel Bergmann, a Jewish athlete who, after not being allowed to compete in the German team at the 1936 Olympic games, pushed her way through and became one of the greatest high jumpers of her time (I found out about this on the history channel).

Brave men and women who stood, against all odds, for courage of their convictions were once truly honored.

Today, people become celebrities simply because they receive attention. People are now well-known merely for being well-known. Fame no longer contributes to worth or character or achievement. Fame is all about being in a magazine or being stalked by the paparazzi.

During the mid 1990’s, Princess Diana received much more attention than Mother Teresa. We constantly see celebrated adulterers and drug addicts taking the spotlight, while scientists who discover life-saving medicines are put aside.

Images are elevated over ideas; appearance over substance. You gain fame if you are on television, which leads to the TV screen conferring status. Celebrities, like Amy Winehouse, Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger become heroic figures even though their lifestyles killed them. Please, Do NOT get yourself caught up in the CELEBRITY SYNDROME!!!!!!

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