I’m going to preface this by saying I’m no expert on the inner workings of celebrity life. I write this from experiences I’ve lived and observations from my time working in entertainment as an assistant and in public relations.
Pop culture has always been something that fascinated me. How does one define celebrity? Who is worthy of fame? Are celebrities really like normal people? Spoiler alert: yes, they are. I’m still trying to figure out how society became so obsessed with celebrity. Is selfie culture to blame? Does the world suck so much that the only thing cool is meeting a famous person? Hell, there’s a celebrity in the running to be our next President. When I was younger, seeing a celebrity in person was like being in the presence of some God-like figure. I’m not ashamed to admit I used to go a little crazy in their presence, but as I grew up and entered the entertainment field, I also grew a maturity that many people have yet to discover.
Every day at my office, celebrities come in for press appearances. They are doing their job while I am doing mine. My job does not have ruthless idolization and stalking these people in the description. Sure, there’s a bonus of greeting them, asking them a question and if I’m lucky at an appropriate time, a quick selfie to commemorate the experience. Of course, if the proper permission is given.
There are fans who like to come in and be prepared with several pieces of memorabilia to be signed in addition to their cameras for a photo op. However, they are not there to appreciate someone’s work or learn something new. They are there to garner attention and exploit the people they meet for a quick buck. I know people need to pay their bills, but there are moral and more respectable ways to do so. These “fans” clearly don’t see celebrities as human beings with feelings, but as objects of affection. I’ve been able to easily identify people who spend their days doing nothing but follow celebrities around the city, demand attention on social media, and whine when they don’t get their way.
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