Perspectives: Is celebrity worship over the line?

Over-glorification, or is it inspiration?

By Kelly Winters, multimedia reporter.

In the past century, humans have made it common to over-glorify celebrities. In the ‘70s, teenage girls were trying to recreate that signature Farrah Fawcett swoosh. In the ‘80s, women everywhere were trying to adopt Madonna’s unorthodox, edgy look. In the ‘90s, wannabe gangsters everywhere were trying to recreate that Vanilla Ice swag. And now, kids, teens and young adults alike are trying to get that perfect Bieber flip, or lips as full as Kylie’s, or a butt as big as Kim’s.

Celebrities have always been a picture of inspiration for those who look up to them; whether it’s the clothes they wear, the type of content they put out or the products they sell. Despite all of the role-model-esque things that some public figures do, some fans still decide to base their obsessions off of looks and other superficial qualities.

Whatever the reason behind someone’s fandoms may be, What’s the big deal about it?

So what if someone wants to adopt Kesha’s pastel-colored style? So what if some girls want to buy all of Kylie Jenner’s new eyeshadow palettes? So what if some people only follow Zac Efron because they find him attractive? This should not be something that people get flack for.

It’s human nature to look toward others for leadership, inspiration, entertainment, and so much more.

Yes, there are a few people in the public eye that have very aggressive fan bases. But as long as the other fans aren’t doing any harm, why can’t everyone else just let them be?

Over-glorifying celebrities is something that everyone does! For every teenage girl that is out there swooning over Harry Styles, there is a middle-aged man blowing off one of his responsibilities to watch Aaron Rodgers rein it in for the Green Bay Packers. And this is all perfectly fine!

Fan culture is more prominent today than it has ever been! And it should not be something that we’re ashamed of or actively trying to stop.

As long as everyone is admiring celebrities without losing themselves, then we should just let them be!

Over-glorification is overdone

By Ryan Reichard, reporter.

Throughout the history of mankind, people have always looked to others for guidance the same way they look at the stars. Not the stars in the sky, of course, but celebrities. Celebrities have been the voice of unrealistic reason for many people showing them the latest diets, trends and various other fads. However, sometimes people, both fanatics and celebrities, take this guidance a bit too far.

Beyoncé, Queen B, leader of the Beehive, is a person. She lives and breathes the same as everyone else; yet she has a whole religion devoted to her. This may be surprising to some of you, but she does indeed have an actual religion. Beyism is the church of Beyoncé. Many flock to worship her as if she is an all-powerful deity. But — big surprise — Beyoncé is human. She has emotions and mortality, just like any other. I’m not going to argue that she isn’t a great performer — because she is — but it is a bit extreme to have a whole religion devoted towards her.

Kanye West is another story. West has always been a controversial figure, saying whatever comes to his mind. So, when West said that he thinks of himself as this deity, and that he is the greatest of all time he over-glorified himself. Sorry, Kanye you are a person, the same as everyone else. Yes, you used to have some decent albums and songs, but that does not make you a deity. Nor does overconfidence. In fact, that overconfidence is a fatal human flaw proving that you are even more human than you would care to believe. Arrogance is not an excuse for deification. Your heart beats just like ours and you experience the same trials and tribulations that many of us also face.

While Eminem might be able to spit some of the slickest, fastest rhymes he is not immune to over-glorification. Eminem sees himself as a “Rap God”. While this man certainly has talent, and is arguably one of the best wordsmiths in the game, he is certainly not a deity.

People flock to the malls to buy their merchandise, pay insane amounts for a meet-and-greet, only to realize that the aura of being a celebrity is nothing more than a guise given to these individuals by the public. This over-glorification of celebrities needs to be over with.

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