Why do we glorify celebrities?

This past weekend, my sister and I went out for dinner together. Considering it may be the last time we go for dinner before I’m married, we wanted to make the most of it. We ended up going to East Side Marios, which is always a great choice, and whilst at dinner, we engaged in a variety of interesting topics while conversing. One of the things we chatted about was how we glorify celebrities, and neither I nor my sister can really figure out why.

Celebrities are, for a lack of more concise wording, nothing more than famous people. And they’re famous for a variety of reasons; perhaps they’re an actor or actress, a singer, a musician, or an influencer (don’t even get me started on influencers – I think they’re useless). Regardless of the foundation upon which they have built their fame, celebrities are, in my own opinion, some of the most overly romanticized and glorified folks on this planet, and I find it mind-blowing so many of us look up to them as if they’re heroes.

If we’re going to idolize anyone, I can’t really figure out why we choose celebrities out of all people. What exactly is it that celebrities contribute to society that is genuinely valuable? Granted, some of them are heavily involved in charity work and philanthropy, but let’s not gloss over the fact that it is likely the ones who are active in these realms are only able to do so because of their financial privilege. Does it make much sense that we evaluate the worth of a celebrity to trump that of a farmer? A doctor? A trucker? A social worker? I didn’t think so.

At the end of the day, celebrities are nothing more than people. They’re just like you and me, and in the words of my father, we all shit, shower and shave the same.

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