Thursday, December 10, 2009

Paparazzi


    Okay, time to talk about something that bothers me. I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and the whole Tiger Woods scandal has come just in time to help me prove my point.
     I hate how people think that celebrities have the right to privacy. They don’t. By becoming a celebrity, they are automatically subjecting themselves to whatever amount of attention the paparazzi gives them. I have heard so many things from people saying how the details of the Tiger Woods story is none of anyone’s business and, to a certain extent, that’s true. But when a huge celebrity hits a fire hydrant and a tree on his own street, he’s just asking for trouble.
                Celebrities aren’t normal people. They’re things. They’re empty vessels in which we store all of our impressions, thoughts, and (usually) incorrect assumptions about them. So when that thing that we have created does something unusual or out of the ordinary, it is our business to know all of the details about what they did so that we can create more incorrect assumptions about them.  It’s sad, I know.
                These people aren’t real—they’ve sold themselves to the world—to us. And because of that, they don’t have the same rights that we have. No, I don’t think that people should make such a fuss about it but I can’t help but think that these celebrities are basically asking for it. They can’t say that they have a right to privacy—the publicity and rumors and gossip are all in the contract.
                The life of a celebrity isn’t easy, although many of us think that it is. It might look glamorous but you’re put under a microscope and are constantly being judged for what you do. When you’re a celebrity, you’re no longer a person, just an idea of a person. So what’s the point? What’s the point to have everything but not have yourself?
                I wish we could put this “need” to know exactly what happened behind us but that seems impossible. People will continue to read tabloids and make judgments about celebrities. We live in a fallen world, a world where people are more interested in famous golf player’s lives than their friends and family. I don’t know what went down between Tiger Woods and his wife and, to be honest, I don’t care at all and I can’t wait for this story to finally be laid to rest.

But enough from me--what do you think about it? :)
“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses or forfeits himself?” Luke 9:25


3 comments:

Lizzy said...

I agree that the reality of being a celebrity our fallen world only demands constant attention and what you said, however I disagree that behind all of the stories and pictures we are bombarded with, they are real people. What's on the magazine and website sure isn't, but they have souls, they are real. Since God is in complete control, I even believe He appoints certain celebrities to this day and age, for all kinds of reasons. And I think that sometimes there are things we don't have a right to know, but I do agree that in Tiger Wood's situation I'd like some more info, but there can be times when no body should know, at least not until whatever's going on has passed. That's my comment.

Lyssa said...

all right, i see what you're saying so let me clarify. i fully understand that these people are physically 'real' but as far as we're concerned, they're not. to us, they are images and reflections of things we've made up about them. to us, they're just pictures, videos, and new reports of them.

Lizzy said...

Yeah that's definitely true, but it's not right. At least I don't think so.