Celebs and their fans are probably gonna hate us for writing this one, but well, I did.
Being a celebrity is somewhat amazing. Whether it’s your great talent, your exceptional personality, your insanely hot face and body, or sometimes just because you’re some rich people’s daughter, they definitely make you are one of the most famous people in town (sometimes the entire world). You have people camping outside your home and properties to have the slightest slice of your life, waiting days and nights just to see your shows, or reaching out in rallies only to get a touch your hands. All of a sudden, you feel like you’re some kind of god. Your opinions almost become something so crucial to the survival of the economy and maybe the entire nation.
Alright, maybe I took it a bit too far. But for better or worse, celebrities do have a powerful impact on certain people, especially teenagers, on how they view themselves and how they see the world.
However, when it comes to serious conversations, with serious impact on your life and our society, celebrities’ opinions are the very last things that you should ever consider and the reason is quite simple.
Celebrities = hypocrites
We look up to celebrities as our role models, either for ideal body image or what we aspire to become. Most of the time, they make us feel entirely fulfilled. From creating beautiful musical pieces and movies to setting the best fashion trends, these people possess amazing talents and abilities that some of us don’t. Hence, it’s not unusual for celebrities to also wield the power of influence. After all, that’s how they earn loads of advertising contracts with brands.
But you might be shook to find out the number of celebrities who actually use the product they endorse for at least once in their lives. Kendall Jenner obviously didn’t rely on ProActiv to clear up her acnes. And those pretty hot girls you see on FaceBook or Instagram obviously don’t use the products they actively urge you to check out.
But it takes more than what I just said to call them hypocrites.
When it comes to political and social points of view, it’s the celebrities who trash capitalism–a system that benefits them.
We see a lot of movie makers making big bucks not only from movies but also from the merchandise they sell, yet so many directors such as George Lucas claim that they believe in a democracy but not a capitalist democracy one (um hello, aren’t you getting rich from capitalism?). Russell Brand even told the BBC that he wants “a socialist, egalitarian system based on the massive redistribution of wealth.” Well yeah, only when you are the one who has enough money to do become a ‘socialist’.
While celebrities appear to be advocates for big-government politicians and ideals, they also happen to be those taking advantage of tax breaks every now and then. Bon Jovi pays only $100 in state property tax, because he labels himself as a farmer with his raising honey bees business. And he’s not the only one. Remember when the Panama Papers scandal broke out? Some of your most favourite people on planet Earth got their name on the list. Jackie Chan, Simon Cowell, Emma Watson, Tiger Woods, Lionel Messi… The list goes on. How are they supposed to support big governments who like to collect big taxes, while not even wanting to pay their fair share?
Talking about her infamous performance at VMAs 2013, Miley Cyrus, who now happens to be a feminist and a social activist, recently stated that, “In the beginning, it was kind of like saying, ‘[Screw] you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever.’ But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized.” As if someone else asked her to do that to begin with. She said, “I didn’t want to show up to photo shoots and be the girl who would get my [breasts] out and stick out my tongue.” But girl, isn’t that what you did? How confusing.
If you have ever heard of the Hollywood’s Save The Earth campaign, you’ll see Leonardo DiCaprio proudly announcing how he will “fly around the world doing good for the environment.” Flying around the world. Ahem, that’s already enough goodness for the environment that you did there, Leo. And if you ever hear another word from Harrison Ford about our cut down forests, just remind yourself that the man owns seven airplanes and even once flew his private jet to get a cheeseburger.
Seriously, Hollywood, give us a break.
Celebrities do what they do
Sometimes I just wonder if celebrities ever feel ashamed of what they said.
But as people of public, celebrities are under the pressure of meeting the needs and wants of people who supports them. They want to please the favourable side of the crowd and mainstream media, and the easiest way is to follow social causes and become advocates for social advances. Sometimes, they are usually asked for opinions very quickly, so there’s not really enough time to think about what should be said. On the other hand, for Hollywood reporters, in order to gain access to these celebrities and not getting banned out, the last thing they would want to do is posing difficult and uncomfortable questions.
Some even make public statements under the influence, like when Kanye West infamously interrupted Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV VMAs in 2009 by grabbing her mic and shouting to the confused crowd, “Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!”; or when Mark Wahlberg appeared totally wasted on the Graham Norton Show back in 2013. Luckily they didn’t make any statement as bold as Madonna in Women’s March when she threatened to bomb the White House only because of her disfavour of President Trump.
Other than all of the above, they are simply paid to say nice things.
Reacting to hypocrite and troublesome celebrities
At the end of the day, celebrities don’t care.
They make this extremely compelling statement one day and immediately forget about it the very next day. Just take a guess of how many celebrities who had publicly declared that they would leave the U.S. and move to whatever country if Trump became the President of the United States. Yet, not even one of them has dared to move their arses.
Don’t torture your lips every time Kylie Jenner tells you that her lips are natural and they change as she gets older, or that she did do some lip fillers but they are only ‘temporary’, or if she had it removed, or if she put them in again. Don’t invest your money into some cryptocurrency projects just because your favourite man DJ Khaled and Floyd Mayweather had recently endorse them (they were fined by the court, and those projects were frauds too). And definitely don’t vote for politicians that they tell you to vote for. Not only doing these will make you look dumb, but you also risk ending up losing your time and money for something not worth being taken seriously.
Feel free to enjoy some juicy gossips or reading celeb’s comments whenever you need some entertainment, but when it comes to serious discussions and choices that could affect your life, your best consultant for advice and references are your own head and judgements. Trust them. After all, celebrities are for fun only, and if you can’t even trust politicians, why would you trust them?
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