Point of View
UNITED STATES—The world of ”˜celebrity’ is something that I believe many Americans are more absorbed in than we’d like to admit. Watching the Golden Globes ceremony this past week was a ”˜revelatory’ moment in my opinion. There is something about the lifestyles of the rich and famous that force us to become obsessed to a degree.
To see the lavishness, the luxurious items, the caliber of people in the room, etc. The life of celebrity is something that brings a smile to my face more than anything, and I have the slightest reason as to why. Could it be the fact that it’s a lifestyle I’m hoping to have one day perhaps or is it something else deeper that I have yet to acknowledge. It’s a world that only so many of us can imagine being apart of.
Seeing stars like Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jennifer Lawrence, Bryan Cranston, Ben Affleck, Cate Blanchett and so many others converse and party like rock stars was quite fun to say the least. Yet, it has me asking the larger question all that is shown is not the real story. What is presented on the small screen, the big screen, the Internet and the media glitz we live in, is a false story. Perhaps, we are made to think it’s a life that is so unreachable that it’s actually reachable.
Even scarier is the fact that a camera still exists in the room. I tell this to people all the time, are we truly getting celebrities unfiltered at these awards events. Not likely, why not? Hello, a camera is in the room, when you know you’re being watched you’re less likely to deliver your ”˜true self’ to the audience.
Some would argue that the Golden Globes allows the viewers to get a bigger slice of the celebs behind the camera with the service of alcoholic beverages at the event. There were a few moments where celebrities truly let lose like nominee Emma Thompson, or perhaps the awkward speech with Jacqueline Bisset. It was obvious that some may have had too much to drink and let down the veil a bit.
In all do honestly I have thought of fame as this glorious thing, but I’m discovering fame is short-lived; popular today and nobody the next. For me it’s more of living in the life of a big-time celeb for just one day. I think the over-the-top fame, persistent paparazzi and those catering to one’s every need would destroy my mental state in my opinion.
How in the world do you cope with such ”˜power?’ Oh yeah, it’s a minor thing called money. Money drives a large chunk of many Americans behavior, not all, but a vast majority, as so many need it, but more importantly there are those who only want more of it. Take a look at “the Wolf of Wall Street” for those not in the know. Greed can drive us to do unthinkable things to stay on the top, and while we’re there we still fail to realize, its not forever.
Money is a form of power; power is a form of celebrity. While the media presents everything so perfect, the lifestyles of the rich and the famous is now what we ”˜see’ time and time again. It may be something we envy, but the more I think about, life is great where it is. The more you have the more problems you tend to attract.
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