Monday, May 12, 2008

Topic 3 :: Celebrity Obsession

First, one must realize that by definition, a celebrity is a person who is famous and well known. Today, many famous 'movie stars' are idolized by their appearance and performances. America's national obsession with celebrities is an enormous problem as it induces deeper malaise and apathy in an already lazy nation.  In the early 40's actors such as Ingrid Bergman, Judy Garland, Humphrey Bogart etc. were defining characters to Acting.  Even then were there celebrities being idolized. Stereotypical roles had begun to be pushed throughout the decades.  Today, there is a problem with our idolization of role models. Celebrities should do what they do best.  Be that singing, be that acting, whatever it is they do.  Be it looking pretty or be it just looking outrageous.  Lets face it, except for a few superstars, most of them have very limited talents and have gotten to the point of where they are by mere luck or the contacts of their well connected parents. I don't care to see them endorsing products of any kind be it that they are wearing a certain kind of athletic shoe, wear a certain kind of watch, fly a plane, or drink a soft-drink that I feel no desire to purchase and consume because of it. Celebrities should never be idolized and when it comes to political or environmental causes, I prefer they just shut the hell up. I don't want to hear Tom Cruise brag about the virtues scientology, and I don't want to hear about Paris Hilton picking up another ridiculous 'pet cause' like the plight of drunken elephants in Indian villages.

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