The first thing she does when she gets the morning paper is snatch the entertainment supplement and devour all its content, with occasional remarks and rebukes. In her favourites tab of Google Chrome you will only find entertainment websites, filled with celebrity news and gossip. So it made me wonder what do people look for in these celebrities, they follow them on Twitter and drool over their photos on Instagram.
Recently I came across (accidentally) photos Rihaana has uploaded on her Instagram, I mean why anyone would like to see your naked butt, when you are known for your singing. It’s hideous and even pornographic at times when celebrities would entice their fans with their nude photos when they should be doing the same with their talent.
Then again it’s not all about nudity or dirty pics, I mean look at the fan following of Miley Cyrus, Man that woman has not given a single hit in months, but managed to stay in the news with her punk look. But you still get that being celebrities this is what they are paid to do, being in the spotlight for oh so wrong reasons.
But my question is what do the readers or more so if I can say viewers as there is hardly anything to read, get from them. I have discovered two types of viewers, one that pathetically wants to be them, follows their fashion-their meals-their yoga style and then there are those who gets a pleasure from looking at their failures, their cracked up life and their break-ups. I mean Taylor Swift’s fans know more about her list of ex-boyfriends than about her singing career, because that’s how they try to connect with them-find something common between them and the celebrity.
The first type will buy cheaper version of their celebrity clothes online, put their perfumes or have what they recommend, in one word mimic them. Now don’t confuse this with their admiration for that celebrity or his/her work-they don’t like Angelina Jolie for her acting or Lady Gaga for her singing, but they like them just because they are the celebrities in news. This type only harbours the dream of leading such a life, but only with clothes- jewellery – food, they are the fake celebrities in their own little world of friends, and that’s what they look forward to.
Now the second type is the one that craves to find some connect with these celebrities on a very humane level, they don’t desire to be fake celebrities instead they desire the celebrities to be like them. They love to see their fallout with drug addiction or their patchy break-up and murmur to themselves, see I knew you were just like us.
But why do we have this urge to connect or follow these twisted up celebrities? What’s up with the growing number of Beyonce fans as compared to Alicia Keys. I mean how many actually follow their celebrities because of their work and not because they have been in some scandal or have flashed in public?
It’s not that this is completely new, our parents too loved Monroe or George Clooney but for their work not for their clandestine life (which they definitely had). But that was not because they didn’t have the inclination to such news, but because they didn’t have the required means. So today given the various means our society has, we are seeing the rise of a generation thriving on such low and shallow thinking. They are glued to their TV or computer screens, just to see who is dating whom, who had an abortion or who ate what for lunch. Even celebrity babies are not spared.
I am appalled at times to see that series like Gossip Girl and Jersey Shore are actually running into fifth or sixth seasons, that is proof enough what our generation is craving for.
And thanks to the growing number of such websites that thinks talking about “How her side boob was peeking through her dress” is a news people should know, the number of takers for such crap is rising. If you check the web, these websites are cropping up like mushrooms, and running to fuel the demand that our generation is generating. So I guess it’s a vicious circle from which at least I would like to keep a safe distance.