I found this article on Dr. A's blog, and I think you all would find it interesting and thought-provoking. I am a huge fan of following celebrities. I debated throughout the entire Bachelor season whether Brad would pick Chantal or Emily, and my roommates and I would weigh the pros and cons of each bachelorette. We would constantly critique each of them ("Chantal is down to earth, but not as cute as Emily") ("Emily is beautiful but so boring. Does she even like Brad?"). Besides the Bachelor, I am always picking up the latest US weekly, judging for myself who looked the best at the Oscars and catching up on who is in rehab this week and whether Charlie Sheen is #winning this week or not.
This article really got me thinking about the moral issue of celebrity gossip. I do believe that celebrities should accept their fame with great responsibility. They need to realize that they are in the public eye and are constantly influencing people around the world. However, it is easy to lose sight sometime that they are human beings, just like the rest of us, and they face the same problems that we do. I agree with the article when it says we should separate their music from the man or woman that they are. We need to simply realize that they are here to entertain us with their songs, lyrics, movies and television shows- not their latest plastic surgery, divorce or drug overdose. Most of them became celebrities because of their talents- they never promised us they would be flawless under the camera. It is too easy to judge them in the public eye, and this article really made me aware at how often I do critique and judge famous celebrities.