Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Why Care For Today's Celebrity?

I see these shows on television, like Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight, that are basically on the air to tell us all about celebrities and whats going on in their lives; when in reality, who actually cares about these people and what they do outside of the entertainment they create for the public?

I honestly don't care about Kim Kardashian and what her sisters are doing, nor do I care about their kids or men in their lives.  What is the gain in knowing about these people?  Does Tom Cruises divorce from Katie Holmes really effect my life?  Answer is, no it doesn't!  So I ask, what is it about celebrities that keeps people so interested in order for these so called television shows to stay on they air?  The answer is simple really, we as the general public fantasize about the money and fame they've achieved, some more deserving of it than others.  Do the Kardashian's deserve having a television show, making money just by living their lives and having a platform to basically sell their merchandise or new clothing line that they really didn't help develop?  No, I don't think they do.  I'm not trying to bash just the Kardashian's, but they seem to be at the forefront of celebrities that make a living at just living, not really doing anything of meaning to anyone but themselves.

The definition of a celebrity according to Wikipedia is:  A person who has a prominent profile and commands a great degree of public fascination and influence in day-to-day media. The term is synonymous with wealth (commonly denoted as a person with fame and fortune), implied with great popular appeal, prominence in a particular field, and is easily recognized by the general public.
 Now with most of this definition, the Kardashian's do seem to fit in, and not to pounce on just them, lets throw in Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, and everyone from The Jersey Shore.  The one part of the definition for celebrity that seems to not pertain to any of the people I've listed so far is the part that says, "prominence in a particular field;" now what field would these people be considered prominent?  If your answer is being a complete waste of paper in your local magazine or air time on television, then you have answered correctly.  I'm sure these people have talent but its not why their popular.

A lot of people consider, all who I've listed above, a celebrity in some fashion.  These people dumb down a society that is already in need of better guidance.  Even the local news will have a story or two about these people, which have nothing to do with our everyday lives.  I am in no way writing all these things because I'm jealous of them.  I write this because reality television and celebrity news shows are a waste of time and have no influence on my life and shouldn't have any on yours.

Another show that I just can't stand is The View, the wonderful gabfest that goes on every weekday morning on ABC.  Why exactly do we have these women on television giving us their opinion on world events?  They hardly every state facts, instead they throw their opinions in other peoples faces and we watch from our living rooms, listening to pointless discussions on topics that either have great value to us or have no substance at all.  Twenty years ago, we still had celebrity news, but it wasn't in everyone's face.  Twitter and Facebook weren't even thought of yet, and most celebrities kept their mouth's shut on a good portion of topics, that today isn't considered as taboo anymore.

To me, a celebrity is a person who is in the public eye, but is only their when they have to be.  I can't stand a celebrity that looks for the nearest camera to look at or tries to find the best way to get their names into the next issue of People Magazine.  Now I do understand that some celebrities don't have a choice in the matter due to their status in the world.

What is so fascinating about seeing a famous person on vacation or at the airport?  Are our lives so dull to where paparazzi have to go out and snap shots from the bushes in order to sell to the tabloids so we can view them on tv or on news stands?  We should get up from our couches and go outside to through a football around or play a board game with our kids, friends, or loved ones instead of wasting our time with what other people are doing with their lives, people who we don't even know.  We have better things to do with our lives than to worry about what some celebrity is doing.  Why do you guys think about this article?

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