I hate, I absolutely despise modern celebrity culture. Here are the bullet points explaining why:
1. People don't even pretend to be role models any more. Until the 1980's and maybe even early 90's, a part of an athlete or movie star's job was to have a public persona which children and young people could admire and attempt to emulate. I know there were bad boys/girls then, too, but at least some of them tried. These days, that concept doesn't exist. What parent wants their children growing up and behaving like Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan or Michael Vick (who is back playing football again after killing numerous dogs and spending a short spell in jail for it)? And yet, we let our children watch and idolize these Cretans. Celebs don't feel it's part of their mandate any more to have a wholesome public persona, so they don't even try. In fact, they make more money by behaving badly and don't care if it is sending the wrong message to children
2. People can make themselves a brand and make millions despite having NO TALENT. PERIOD. How and why is Snooki a rich celebrity with her own show and countless appearances on talk shows and the like under her belt? She's just a whiny, short woman from New Jersey. Same with the Kardashians and Paris Hilton. They are from famous families and some consider them to be mildly attractive, but they don't act, sing or dance or play a sport well. So why does everyone want to be like them and look like them? They are showing the world that if you make a sex tape and do outrageous things in public, that you can be a super celebrity, too. Well, guess what? They are leading empty, meaningless, useless lives and anyone who follows their lead is just a whore to money and fame, too.
3. We tune in every day to see what JLo tweeted or what Ashton's Facebook status is, or who broke up with who in Hollywood. We also throw millions of dollars at these people through tuning into their shows or buying their sex tapes or their line of clothing/perfume. Why are we worshipping these talentless patrons of the worst kind of escapism and not devoting our time and money to people who are actually changing the world, like: politicians, doctors, researchers, scientists, environmentalists, philosophers, teachers etc. These are the people that deserve the big bucks because they are actually making a positive difference in society.
Ok, rant over. Discuss.