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My Rant Regarding the Blog; ARE WE HYPOCRITES?

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

This is sickening! We are a society of hippocrates with such skewed values that it is "expected" that when one becomes a celebrity.....they have to make the transformation from civilian to celebrity LITERALLY! "Celebrity" is no longer just a reference to notariety & lifestyle, but an actual physicality! Every now & then there is an "up & comer" who's always been comfortable, confident, possibly vows to be a champion for the "Real Person"! The public/media cheer, support, & idolize their "Bravery" for willing to be themself. No sooner than they make it big, it's a near certainty that BOTH the public & media turn! It's like a game. The weight starts to drop, haircolor changes, a new nose, and/or cup size magically increases! Uh-oh...now it's open season! The support turns to degradation, criticism, malicious name-calling & finger pointing.
How is anyone supposed to be able to handle that kind of blatant cruelty? I can't imagine being in that position. I don't doubt that many of these people begin with good intentions, but how is it possible to stay true to oneself while surrounded by, (& competing for work etc. with) a population of "perfection", as well as the ENTIRE WORLD picking apart, tearing you down for the slightest mistake/bad day/unflattering angle/etc.!!!
I feel for them, yet at the same time....I am guilty myself! I've participated in the collective gasping as a photo/video is released depicting "some"(by "some", I mean almost non-existent on a normal person!), bulge, cellulite, or an entirely visible skeleton! Instantly, I feel awful & remember how one bad camera angle/shadow/etc. could potentially endager someone's life! Think about the worldwide tidal wave of backlash, catty/passive-aggressive "helpful hints" from agents, "friends", industry professonals, only concerned with the celeb target's personal & professional well-being..."Hollywood Syndrome". The next week, has the formerly "chubby" star, emaciated & beaming while soaking up the compliments from every photographer, reporter, fan, friend & media outlet. That is, of course until there's a shortage of scandal, a health emergency, rehab, or perhaps another backlash from the public alleging poor role model/celebrity influence on the downfall of civilization!
It's such a sad, horrible cycle that we perpetuate by buying into the idolization of celebrity, as a way to escape reality, but ultimately the line has become so blurred! Today's children are under so much pressure to look, act, & dress to follow the extreme celebrity culture we're all so obsessed with! We have many more important ways to utilize our collective energy, & perhaps point the fingers where they ought to be....right at ourselves! Let's focus on OUR OWN health/well-being, & the hundreds of other immediate problems we face everyday! Sure there's nothing wrong with "escaping" for a little bit & imagining life as one of the rich & famous, but we need to break this obsession! It's unhealthy for EVERYONE!
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    Incredibly apt rant! Couldn't agree more and I too am just as guilty. All we can do is aspire to shove aside the values and wicked thinking we're indoctrinated with from birth and try and rise above.

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    3241 days ago
    great rant! we do need to focus on healthy not skeletal
    3442 days ago
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