Why Are These Celebrities Actually Idolized?
June 20, 2011 9:06am CST
Of late, I am sure we've heard a lot about these questionable celebrities like the deceased Pete Docherty, Kate Moss, Amy Winehouse and others who have literally a long history of alcohol and drug abuse. I just find this sad and yet annoying where there are millions out there idolizing and even supporting their abusive lifestyle by buying their albums and attending their live concerts. This is really sad when there are children involved here who will actually copy them and think nothing of the consequences of these abuses. Take the recent Amy Winehouse live concert in Belgrade where she was literally over the moon while performing under heavy influence of either substance or alcohol abuse. Shouldn't record companies sack these singers under their reputed labels? Shouldn't sponsors be quick to dissociate from such negative and abusive celebrities? I say, until the media refuse to promote these abusers lifestyles and any products or companies they are involved in with; there will be scores of vulnerable youngsters who will become abusers just like their "heroes/heroines" (more like villains to me). I think we all know that at the end of the day it will not be a celebrity rehab but prison cells or more fatally a coffin with nails for these vulnerable youngsters.
• Southend-On-Sea, England
20 Jun 11
To me it's an indicator of the mood of society, who people choose for their "heroes". I've noticed through my life that the more healthy and positive society is, particularly the young, the more positive heroes/heroines they will latch onto, and the more negative society is, they will then latch onto negative heroes/heroines. I don't know much about Kate Moss and Pete Docherty, but as far as Amy Winehouse is concerned, I do think she's talented but I wish she'd get herself into a proper, functional rehab programme. At the end of the day though and bearing her recent Belgrade concert disaster in mind, I think she'll be the one who will fall from grace as people eventually will get tired of her drunken ramblings and abusive behaviour - plus, the young people who have idolised her are now growing older and quite likely will move onto other things.
21 Jun 11
CelticSoulSister, IMHO, as far as the entertainment world is concern it does not matter whether the society is positive or negative to pick negative influential celebrities. It really does not have any relevance because media outreach is not restrictive in the first place. A sound family of good parents may not mean that the children within will not be fans of Amy Winehouse and likewise retrospectively. I believe it is about time we start looking into who we are supporting seriously and turn our backs on these questionable and bad influencing celebrities for they really do not deserve our love and certainly not our hard earned monies.
20 Jun 11
I think it's because we see celebrities in TV. They are made popular in TV and perhaps because everyone watches TV or the movies. It's just the same as in the song repeating the Chorus over and over again until the audience learns to like the song. Same with the celebrities we see them all the time in TV and the movies over and over again and so the audience will consequently learn to like them.
20 Jun 11
karagala, Sometimes, I just wish that we should start with ourselves in stopping our support to these questionable celebrities which would eventually let their companies see a decline in figures and consider renewing any continuance in working with them. We need to realize that the royalties they received are not actually used to benefit anyone especially them. I feel that we are driving them faster to their graves which is really doing likewise to our vulnerable youngsters.
• United States
20 Jun 11
they are idolized because they are in the spot lite all the time....plus, they represent wealth and fame, which majority of society wishes to have. Which is not the route to happiness..... i think its a waste of time to idolize them
20 Jun 11
zayasalyssa, My exact sentiments especially for the young and innocent who would be on the worst of the receiving end. These celebrities just do not deserve their fans who are literally supporting their abusive and fatal lifestyle. So it is really right for organizers and record companies to pull out than let these people carry out fatal influences all round.
20 Jun 11
i feel so sad for Amy Winehouse. such a waste of talent. you could see how producers or record companies are just after the money. they know that mere mention of her name will interest a lot of people and they just let her, without checking on her and ensuring that she must be sober on the stage, to perform. she can truly be a bad influence to many youngsters. my daughter and son are fans and they are so sorry for that talented woman.
21 Jun 11
I believe there are many factors - some are idolized beaus of their talent or skill, some are idolized by their contributions to society and some are idolized becuase they are plain popular. All of these are magnified by the media, which in turn, is consumed by people who are very impressionable and easy to conform to what is the latest trend. Give the fans a little slack. Some fans are actually boycotting or trying to help their idols from their blatant attitude or lifestyle. Fans are drawn to the the first thing that that they saw in their idols - whether it is the talent or the beauty. I think many of fans do think and do not condone some irresponsible acts of their idols. Perhaps it is the celebrities' fault that they are quite not in the right direction of their lives but they still certainly have the talent that the people admire. As for the media and the record companies, I would agree to a precious responder that they don't give a damn unless they are losing money or have no new story to air. They see celebrities as their cash cow and if the celebrities don't remain interesting, it's like they didn't exist at all. Remember that you are dealing with business who have no interest unless making profits and making sure that the cash flow is steady raking in. They hardly have the character to impose obligations to their talents and to themselves They probably would do it if they were given cash for doing it.