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willbrawn's avatar

Why does the media and majority of people place celebrities on a pedestal?

Asked by willbrawn (6609points) August 25th, 2008 from iPhone

celebrities are just human. Why do we worship them and care when they wear pajamas to go shopping? Why do we do it?

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Spargett's avatar

Simple put, because they embody the traits we wish we had.

When we know all the details about their lives, only then can we truly live out the fantasy of their lives in our heads.

joeysefika's avatar

It makes us feel better that we are not them.

JackAdams's avatar

We want to have their looks or their bank balances, or perhaps the people they are dating.

August 26, 2008, 3:25 AM EDT

osullivanbr's avatar

I’ve never understood this. I really haven’t. Celebrities are just like you and me, just with different jobs. I attended a mates mother’s funeral a while back, he happens to be the brother of Jonathan Rhys Meyers, as such some of Jonathon’s celebrity mates also showed up. I can tell you when it comes to hard real life stuff like that there is no difference between celebrities and us lowly peasants.

Surely if we want to put someone on a pedestal, shouldn’t it be the person trying to find a cure for Cancer, or saving starving children? It is a embarrassing commentary on our world when people who really contribute nothing to better the world get global fame, while people dedicating their lives to a good and a noble cause live their lives in relative anonymity.

crunchaweezy's avatar

I would have to guess that it’s because they live the life and you see them on TV all the time, and having interactions with them is live meeting a long lost brother – because you always see them, but never meet them.

That’s my two cents.

scamp's avatar

watch me suck up here, ha ha! The only celebrity I fawn over is Andrew.

marinelife's avatar

Whose we, kemosabe? I don’t.

osullivanbr said it beautifully: “Celebrities are just like you and me.”

It is the same thing as venerating people with power or people with money.

evelyns_pet_zebra's avatar

it’s not the being put up on a pedestal part that is disturbing, the part that disturbs me is when they are ripped down for being what we all are; human.

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