Hello everyone. This subject matter is something that has been in my mind for a while and I feel it’s time to talk. It’s something that I am going to be blunt so people may disagree. In life, we seek someone to inspire us, to motivate us and to help us be a better person. This can be from our families, or someone we know. However, there are people that we adore, look up to and want to be like them and those people are celebrities. It’s a growing trend that’s has been increasing for many years and it’s a trend that’s not going to decline. They come from a range of people musicians, movie stars, journalists, models and athletes.
Celebrities Are Dreamy
So why do we admire them? By listening to their music, seeing them in films, TV and watching sports but when we see them, we see them in a different light. We think they are super talented and for that moment, we want to know more about them. We want to know who they are and what makes them tick. We feel we have a connection towards them. For example you are listening to a musician’s song and you are drawn with their lyrics but also their singing ability. You find it incredible and memorising.
As the media shows these celebrities on a regular basis we are more fascinated by them and we feel they are different to any kind of human being. We portray them as perfect celebrities as they have received more recognition and with that they are more famous. We idolised them and we are very impressed of their achievements and we regard them as role models. We follow their style, their body image and believe in what they say. Celebrities these days can be very influential.
We Love celebrities So Much That We worshipped Them
An example of a celebrity who is influential is Beyoncé Knowles. She is admired by many people in the world especially young women. Last month she was listed on Time Magazine as one of 100 influential people in the world. Sheryl Sandberg a Facebook Executive comments how she makes an impact on women. She says “She raises her voice both on and off stage to urge women to be independent and lead.” She also says “Her secret: hard work, honesty and authenticity.“ Beyoncé’s performances in shows come with work ethic which is outstanding and young women want to follow her attributes, be like her and follow her lifestyle. People see her as an idol yet people have taken this to extreme measures. According to reports in America, organisers have created a church in Atlanta called The National Church Of Bey in where people can practice the religion “Beysim.” It is to believe they gather every Sunday to sing her songs just like sermons coming from the bible. They even have plans to build a temple in honour of Beyoncé. This could be false but I find this absolutely ridiculous that people want to worship Beyoncé. Yes she’s a very talented person but does she deserved to be worshipped absolutely not!
Another example is Justin Bieber a singer but because he has strong fan base from young females they worship him. This is one of the reasons why the name beliebers was formed so they can follow him in social networking websites such as Twitter in where he was the most followed person in June last year with 40m. They love him so they will do anything to help him. In January last year #cutforbieber was a twitter trend in where fans self-harm themselves to stop Bieber from smoking weed. It was utterly disturbing as fans did this for him.
The media should be blamed for this as they promote celebs like they should be treated like royalty because of how great they are. And with that, the more we like celebs, the more we want follow the trend of that particularly celebrity.
Expectations Within Relationships
Well live in a world in where we are looking for a superman/superwoman. They don’t exist but thanks to celebs we think they do exist and as a result, relationships fall apart because of high expectations. We are easily influenced by the media and what we see from celebrities’ relationships, we feel it’s normal for us to have it in our relationships. We also intrigued by celebrities many talents and we find them more attractive. Whatever we like from the celebrity, we want a potential partner to have those qualities. Although it can be difficult to find that in a person, some people are willing to wait for it. They are willing to find someone who looks like and dance like Chris Brown, sing like Adele or have the body of Trey Songz. They won’t even consider someone who doesn’t have those attributes as they’re obsessed with their favourite celebrities and that is appalling. They are going to be single for years if they look for someone that is unrealistic.
As I mentioned earlier, Beyoncé is a person who has many admirers who want to follow her lifestyle. She is married to rapper Jay-Z since 2008 and their marriage has been in the spotlight. They are listed as a power couple based on their music activity and as they are a power couple, people view their relationship and believe it’s perfect in the way they show their love for one another. Kim Kardashian, a popular celebrity is engaged to rapper Kanye West. Recently they done a photo shoot for Vogue in where they were photos of them and their child. The pictures look great but for people will look at this and say “This is lovely. They look so prefect together. I wish I can have a relationship like this.”
And then you get the trend “Relationships Like this”. When I see this trend, it makes me think what they have seen, they view it as a perfect relationship and those celebrity couples I’ve mention are examples. When a young woman sees this, they would feel a guy should treat them like royalty and I feel it puts us guys’ much pressure in relationships. Some women would be comparing their favourite celebrities relationships to their own. They will set high standards and if they feel their boyfriend is not fulfilling to their standards of their ideal celebrity relationship, then they will tell them to either step up or you’re dumped. You may think that’s not the case but I see in social media in where girls upload a picture after picture of Beyoncé and Jay- Z’s performance at the Grammys and talked about how this is real love and they wished a guy can show all this affection.
It’s alarming for guys as what we do may not be enough for the ladies. However, girls come in for tremendous pressure from guys as they want a girl not only to have a good figure but to have big boobs, be supportive, be good in bed and to be attractive 24/7.
Michelle Keegan is someone who’s very beautiful but girls will feel self-conscious because of how she looks and as she’s an ideal woman for some guys, they feel pressured to look like her in order to receive attention from guys. The magazines don’t help either as you see celebs looking glamorous. Young girls today are in close scrutiny thanks to the media as to be socially accepted you have to look perfect. I remember years back when Rihanna dyed her hair red and it became a phenomenal as loads of girls were following her trend but now she’s a dresses up like a slut but as she liked by young girls they follow her dress sense too and it’s a shame.
Celebrities Are Normal Just Like Us
To round off, we love celebrities because of what do they do and we find it impressive. We follow them so they can part of our lives and to be associated with them in terms in how we live our lifestyle. We are inspired to be like them but also we drawn to them which can be obsessive as it’s like a fashion trend. We analyse celebs relationships in where it influences ours as we desire the perfect relationship but we shouldn’t compare our relationships to theirs as they have complete different lifestyles than ours. We should make our expectations realistic when meeting a potential partner.
What really annoys me is when people look at a celebrity and say that he/she is perfect. THEY ARE NOT PERFECT!! I see people saying this on social media and I am thinking why are you saying this? I believe they are saying this based on looks alone but when you say they are perfect, you are implying that everything about them is perfect in terms of their personality and the way they carried themselves. It’s like they have no faults whatsoever but they all have faults. They haven’t been to a surgeon in where they have been injected to have superhuman abilities. Yes they have amazing talents that we would like to have but they are normal human beings just like us who make mistakes. Chris Brown and Justin Bieber are examples who have made mistakes as they have got into trouble with the law yet fans still call them perfect in every way and defend them for their wrongdoing. That is utter nonsense.
If people want to mention someone who’s perfect then there’s one person who love us unconditionally, who died for our sins so we can have a better life and that person name is Jesus Christ. He deserves all the glory and all the praise. However, there are people who are not religious and be thinking there’s no God and if there is a God why is he letting all these bad things happening? Well that’s a debate for another time maybe…..
We shouldn’t brand celebs as royalties as we haven’t met them in real life but as the media can be so influential, we see them in a different light. Will this trend of idolising celebs decrease? Very unlikely. I believe more people are going to idolise celebrities as it’s a fashion trend. I believe the media should stop portraying celebrities as perfect. It would make life a lot of easier and it stop us from trying or looking for something that is non-existent a perfect person.