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Society And The Media Build Up Of Celebrities To Tear Them Down

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Much of today’s society seems obsessed on what actors/actress, athletes, and music artist are wearing, eating, who they are marrying, dating, where they are vacationing, what affairs they are having or have had, and how they live their everyday lives. What’s so interesting about this obsession is as a society we build them up only to tear them down. Media outlets are swift to report when celebrities are in trouble; accomplishments are hardly reported unless they have passed away or an awards show is being telecast. It’s as if we want them to be perfect but once they are associated with a scandal we begin to destroy their reputation, character, only to overlook their accomplishment, if any. Should society hold them to higher standards just because they are paid millions for endorsements and a craft they work hard to perfect? Do we as a society have to right to castigate celebrities when they misbehave? Do celebrities have the right to get upset when they are focused on for the immoral things they carry out and not the right ones? Do they love the media attention only when it benefits them? Do the paparazzi have the right to harass celebrities when they are asked not to?
Wouldn’t we exchange our lives with a celebrity if given the opportunity? Some of us would say “No”, but the majority of us would leap on the prospect of living the life of a celebrity. Who doesn’t want the perks of vacationing all over the world, having someone wait on you hand and foot, receiving freebies from designers and all the other perks that come with being a celebrity? The question is do we want the downfalls that come with fame? Can we handle vicious tabloid scrutiny, fabrications, and assumptions? Being a celebrity has its perks, but at what cost? Fame and money can be the root of all evil. Never the less, we are contributing to the madness when we purchase tabloid magazines, watch entertainment shows that follow celebrity activities and judge them for their actions.
How do we as a society play a part in the demise of an actor, athletes, and musical artist? We alienate them when they are a part of...

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