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Opinion: Humanize Celebrities, Don’t Worship Celebrities – Student Life

(Emily Jaw • Student Life)

When it comes to music, I’m a Generation Z corny. I’ll prove it to you: The two most listened-to artists are Harry Styles and Taylor Swift. Naturally, I know, as a fan and observer, that some of their fans are embracing obsession and abandoning the zone of more healthy love and appreciation.

I’m obsessed with “folklore”. I honestly say I’m obsessed with patterns. But I ask myself the important questions: Are the actions and actions of the artists excused because of their fame? Does what they’re referring to personally mean they don’t make mistakes?

I find myself interested in this generation’s unwavering dedication to celebrities. We actively promote celebrities to the point where there are no limits. Worship is therefore to exist without consequences – and this is a dangerous phenomenon to which one must participate.

The problem I see is that many of us see celebrities as untouchable. Artists are ordinary people who have got a platform. Despite their overwhelming power over their fans, they are still human. They can make serious mistakes, mislead others, and be guilty of the same things as normal people. Their flaws are easily hidden by the perks they have that we don’t have. So why excuse their mistakes?

Another sense I’m well aware of is that fans have the ability to depend on celebrities – depending on a constant flow of updates, on where they are and their well-being – so much so that their fans are closely related to them. idols. Worship It becomes so instinctive that self-sufficiency is sometimes compromised. We lose our sense of identity to simulate the life of a stranger.

I can confidently say that celebrity worship is not healthy because we admire a fictionalized version of our idols. Putting someone on a pedestal means worshiping someone who is supposed to be perfect. We should only love an imperfect person.

Some Swift fans have noted that the pop star used her documentary “Miss Americana” to highlight related issues, but she remained silent after the Roe v. Wade earlier this year. To me, this is what supporting an artist should look like: the friendly coexistence of productive criticism and appreciation.

reddit one user We shared their hot experience, which Swift had to sign for Planned Parenthood’s “Bans Off Our Bodies” campaign, and received nearly 2,000 votes. At the end of their short opinion, they wrote, “I am not taking this from a hateful point of view [point-of-view] Because I love Taylor and her work regardless. Personally, I want to see more of this: fans who love their idols by seeing them as real human beings.

This could also happen with Harry Styles, whose words about gay sex in his upcoming movie “My Policeeman” sparked controversy among his fan base. When he talks about what I love about the movie, Styles He said“A lot of gay sex in the movie is two men doing it, and it kind of takes away the tenderness from it,” noting that “cop” represents more “sensitive” sex between two men.

One Article – Commodity Styles’ comment approached skeptically: “It was the suggestion that cinemas suffer from an abundance of ‘two men go to it’ which provoked a backlash, which is understandable – the claim bears absolutely no scrutiny… I’ve seen a lot of queer films over the ten years. past, and with a few exceptions, I would not say that there is a preponderance of explicit sex.”

Both Swift and Styles prove flawed in the eyes of their fans, in their inaction and in their words. Love your favorite artists, but try not to love them unconditionally. They could be flawed, and they should be held accountable. It happens to be really powerful when the in charge of celebrities are their fans. Appreciating idols means allowing them to be misled while also guiding them to improve themselves.

Shay Suresh CM ’24 from San Jose, California. She loves literary fiction, indie music, and surfs Pinterest.



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