BRB Gone Viral, Pop Culture

Our obsession with celebrities might just save society

Sometimes, you just need to see the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

My bewilderment never ceases at the absurdity of celebrity gossip tabloid headlines as they seem to get more, and more ridiculous.

Why are people so obsessed with the personal lives of celebrities?

More questions also arose, like: How did the Kardashians get famous? Let alone make it through natural selection? And why didn’t that one petition to deport Justin Bieber ever work? 

But that’s besides the point of what I’m trying to make here.

All criticisms aside, I have real questions about the purpose behind society’s obsession with these obscenely rich, yet otherwise normal human beings.

I mean, people are obviously tuning in to see the coverage on celebrities lives. Why, though?

This took serious critical thinking from a sociological point of view. In order to do this right, I had to strip away my own biases, take off my judgement hat, and roll up the sleeves of awareness I’d built up over the past few years. 

To examine our pop-culture-obsessed present, I decided to examine our ancestral past. Back then, it was a given that anyone you knew personal details about became socially important to you, and, over time, this notion did not change much.

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The distinction of who actually was socially important to us and who was not blurred. This blurred line wrongfully led us to believe that celebrities were almost like distant family members, in-laws, or neighbors – people we knew personal details about. Kind of weird to think of Rihanna as your cousin twice removed, right?

Fast forward to my present question: how does celebrity infatuation serve purpose in our society?

Society cannot function when people are isolated from one another. People who have nothing in common other than both owning a television now have a familiar topic of conversation: celebrity gossip. Unlikely bonds between strangers are created, as celebrity gossip creates a comfortability in conversation.

Society flourishes when people create bonds with one another.

On top of that, celebrities also provide hope in several different ways to society.

Our fascination with celebrities who actively protest issues remind us of what hard work, great strength, and endurance can achieve. We celebrate when they accomplish, and our hearts break when they try so hard, but fall short. 

Conversely, there is a certain perverse satisfaction that someone feels when they see somebody who had the world at their feet — fame, cars, money, looks — yet it seems they are just as miserable as anyone else who is experiencing hardship.

So we can safely say that the grass isn’t always greener on the other side.

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Human nature and celebrity obsession intertwine – so who knows what the future will hold for society?