June 17, 2012
A celebrity is a status that many want to reach. Once this status is reached, the fame is something that many people tend to shy away from, while others embrace. The obsession over this celebrity status has altered some people’s lives and has also changed them as a person. Is the flashing lights and cameras all worth it?
Fans line up and pay their hard-earned money to watch these so-called “celebrities” on television or live at an events. There are all kinds of celebrities ranging from Dick Clark and Donald Trump all the way to Justin Bieber and Mike “The Situation” from the Jersey Shore. When you become a celebrity you take on the responsibility to become a role model. Like it or not, there are young kids and teens who look up to you. They see your name in lights and they want to be in the position that you are in. For some celebrities, they embrace their status and use it as a way to give back, but for others they just live in the moment and don’t care about the impact that they are having on others.
Some celebrities deserve to have the spot light that they do, but there are so many who don’t. There are actors and sports figures who deserve the spotlight because they actually have this one attribute that makes them earn that status, that one attribute is talent. Talent is something that you are either born with or is something that you develop over time. People who have this actually use this ability and can make a difference. Some can make a difference on the baseball diamond and others can make a difference on the big screen and deliver award-winning performances. Those are the kind of celebrities I have respect for.
Many celebrities are just celebrities because of their name or their appearance on television. There are so many people who become famous because they do something that draws attention on television and people become automatically intrigued by them. Reality television stars, and most main stream musicians fall under this category.
Turn on the radio and all you hear is a catchy beat followed by some lyrics. These lyrics have no meaning behind them, no positive message and best of all probably weren’t even written by the music artist. Yet, they are there because they are spoken by an attractive figure who can bring in the money. Reality television stars are the same way. Can someone please tell me where is their talent? What do they do that is different from anyone else? They live life and have a camera follow them around all day. The funny thing is that they live a scripted live, they don’t actually live the life that is portrayed on television, it is mostly just for show.
A celebrity is someone who the media pushes on us and tells us that they are a celebrity. That is my definition of what a celebrity is in our day and age. Way back in the 1970′s and 1980′s, to get in the spotlight is something that was earned. Something that people fought for everyday and dedicated their life goals for. The next time you hear the word celebrity, just be able to separate the people who actually earned that status and the people who were given that status.