One of the things most disturbing in the society we live in today is the constant obsession with the celebrities.It has been this obsession that grips our attention more than the more important things in life.Events that shape the world are often rarely taken as seriously as what an international or local celebrity does.It is this insane obsession that reflects the sad state of the world today.
It was not more than 10 years or so ago when Princess Diana died.She was one of the most photographed people in the world and often a favourite for the tabloids.Yet she was never given the privacy that she needed even on the day of her death.The wonderful thing was that she was someone who knew how to use the press coverage to do good things.She tried her very best to be a good role model despite the pressures she faced constantly.Even in the very last moments leading to her death,the paparazzi never left her side.
The recent death of Michael Jackson was a sad end to man who had become an image of ridicule in the last years of his life.The press had hounded him for years and followed him everywhere.In his initial years,Jackson had used the press to his advantage to hype or promote the myth behind the man.It was the hyperbaric chambers and the elephant man bones story that had started the fascination with the icon.Unfortunately Jackson had also unleashed a monster that eventually hounded him throughout his career.The bad press during the two child molestation trial eventually destroyed his reputation and his career.Even in death,Jackson is a popular celebrity that the media and society cannot get enough of.Unfortunately the man was greatly flawed and hardly a role model for anyone.Yet the world glorifies him to the point of ridiculousness.The press that once scorned this icon now glorifies him.
In recent years, the pop princess Britney Spears is another example of someone who is loved by many yet scorned for her actions.Her bizarre behaviour during a period of time has ranged from reckless driving to shaving her head bald.The pressures of being a celebrity took its toll when her marriage to Kevin Federline ended in divorce.Many people had critised her behaviour for failing to act like a role model.She was even seen attacking a paparazzi vehicle with an umbrella.It only demonstrated that Spears was fallible and simply human.
The legendary Michael Jordan who was himself one of the most idol worshiped people on the planet was no stranger to the pressures of the media.He has been accused of compulsive gambling in 1993.The truth is that Jordan was simply a compulsive competitor.The media had attacked him shamelessly even though Jordan had admitted his flaw and apologized.
The truth is the constant pressure on our pop icons and sports stars have often shown that these people themselves are far from perfect.Despite their obvious brilliance in their chosen field,they are simply human beings capable of failure in the eyes of their adoring fans.