Friday, 22 October 2010
The Age of Celebrity
Just look at shows like the X Factor, where for months on end, thousands upon thousands of people join massive queues, for a chance to audition and hopefully get a place on the show. When they get there, and are interviewed, they all repeat the same mantra. "It's my dream, it's all I ever wanted". And they are devastated when they don't make it through to the finals. Although even those that go on to win, are often never heard of again.
And take Big Brother...oh thank goodness that's finished now. It had certainly well over-run it's course. Ordinary people, sitting around, and doing nothing, in a house full of cameras, for weeks and weeks...just for the chance to become a "celebrity".
What about Katie Price (formerly known as Jordan)...now here is someone who has turned "celebrity" into an art form. You have to admire the woman for managing to make a career out of doing...well what is it that she does? Oh yes...she has cameras following her and then it's called a TV programme. She is surely the queen of celebrities.
The public seem to thrive on their daily dose of celebrity news. Don't worry about inflation, wars, famine or whatever else is going on in the world...as long as we have someone like Cheryl Cole on the front page then we're happy.
And talking of Cheryl Cole, brings me to the fickleness of Joe or Jane Public. Let's build these celebrities up...put them on a pedestal..just so we can enjoy knocking them off.
What prompted me to write this post was reading the latest "news" report on Cheryl Cole...but mostly I was intrigued by the comments on the article in question. It's hard to understand what makes people so hateful. They make the nastiest comments about someone they don't know...have never met. Why motivates them to show such vitriol? I think it's simply jealousy. It's what so many aspire to, but know they will never achieve. So instead of saying "good luck to him/her"...they show their resentment by posting their comments on newspapers. Although to be fair, the public are very much encouraged by the sort of stuff written by journalists about celebrities...almost like they are encouraging people to knock them down.
And I posted a photo of Cheryl deliberately because I'm wondering if I am one of the few who actually thinks she's a nice person. Of course I don't know her, but she comes across as being a nice girl. And she's proof that celebrity status doesn't necessarily give you the perfect life.
Maybe it's because I'm older and maybe wiser that I have no feelings of envy or jealousy towards celebrities. I'll admit to thinking that they shouldn't really earn the huge amounts of money that some of them do when they have little or no talent. But generally, I just think...good luck to them because they are living in an age where "celebrity" seems more important than anything else so they are just taking advantage of the opportunity.
I'd just like to see more younger people adopt a slightly different attitude though, to strive for more than this need to become famous. To realise that ambition in other areas, and hard work will bring their own, more worthwhile, rewards.