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Fame Whore

The satisfaction of acceptance and popularity is something that perhaps never escapes us. It is basic human nature to strive for approval, acclaim and recognition. Despite the strength of any opposing argument, no one wants to go unnoticed. People are inherently insecure, and any validation of rhyme or reason is always welcomed. There are instances in everyone’s life wherein a compliment from a stranger can be utterly intoxicating. This feeling is completely natural and eternally justified. As humans, we yearn for acceptance by our peers. However, some of us take this desire to radical extremities.

We live in a world where fame is not only accessible, but attainable. Social media pages act as personal tabloids. Blog feeds take on the role of gossip columns. The Internet has become the ultimate breeding ground for extroverted attention seekers, feeding on the curiosity of friends and family. An overwhelmingly narcissistic plague has infected society with no sign of remission. So, what’s the antidote you ask? Well, there isn’t one, because no one is looking. People are completely content existing in a world short of depth. The fabrication of happiness attained by popularity, is a lie that most will gladly live. The question then becomes, how much is too much? At what point does the attention caused by being a celebrity cross over from welcomed flattery to offensive intrusiveness? How many flashes of a camera during a distressed or private moment will it take before people are sick to death of having the entire world recognize their face?

Far too much emphasis is placed on the rewards of being a celebrity, with almost no depiction of the abundant drawbacks. The ever lingering problem with the perception of Hollywood’s fishbowl lies within the fact that those looking in have little to no perspective on the struggle, torment and pain experienced by those within. Fans see flashy cars, thousand dollar shoes, and the seemingly unattainable status of being an elitist. The truth is, most celebrities shining in the limelight of success, do not want to be there. They achieve a certain amount of success and acclaim, garner significant media attention, make their money, and then it just doesn’t end. They succumb to the inevitable glare of the ever-open public eye. The relentless intrusion of the paparazzi becomes virtually unavoidable, and their sense of security and privacy falls by the wayside. It’s at this point where these people begin to crack. Stories of shaved heads, broken cameras, and assault charges begin to trickle in. Drug addictions and extreme reclusiveness become methods of coping. It’s a vicious, disgusting cycle with an impossibility of escape. Even when the wild ride of relevancy has finally come to a halt, there is no way to live a normal life. They will always be recognized as “that guy” who did “that thing” and dated “that girl”. Whatever life they may have enjoyed before their discovery and success will never be accessible again. It’s a trap, and a very serious trade off.

In this life, nothing is what it seems. Perception varies behind every perspective, and we all peer out of a different looking glass. The “high-life” is only as glamorous as the media depicts it to be, and the fact is, most of the celebrities we idolize and emulate wish they could go back. Unfortunately, those that have escaped aren’t here to tell the tale.

QUESTION:  Do you want to be famous?

Since the 25th, no one wants to be like Mike. 

Comments

  • Anonymous

    I definitely wouldn’t mind being famous. People already hate me, I wouldn’t mind getting paid for the privilege ;) SLIIIIIME!

    • Chris Elliott

      Being famous isn’t necessarily about having the public hate you. That wasn’t my point really. But I get that you want to be recognized for what you do. That’s totally natural. All I’m saying is that I value the simplicities and privacy of my life far more than I would ever value being popular or famous.

  • Christi Campbell

    I would still like to be famous but not for scandal.  Just for being really good and what I do and for being incredibly good looking.  Obviously.  Of course lots of stories will be made up about me.  Let em talk! 

    • Chris Elliott

       ahahahah That’s what’s up Christi. I like that answer! Thanks for supporting. :)

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