I am writing this post to express my deepest concerns with this society. We are living in an era where we worship celebrities more than finding ourselves, education, God or spirituality. The very notion that a human being would spend thousands of dollars following someone who does not care or provide for you is mind boggling. Then on top of that these celebrities get away with murder yet we still follow them. In fact, we defend them and back them up as though we know them personally and make excuses for their actions. I get it, we all make mistakes and as humans we can forgive. But has this society become so stupid that we can’t see right from wrong anymore?
We live our lives making excuses for celebrites. Especially the ones who live in the public eye. Celebrites hold a lot of power. They influence millions through their actions or lack there of. If a normal person were to commit half of the crimes or “horrendous” acts committed by these celebrities they would be ridiculed, scrutinized and punished thoroughly for his/her acts. There are consequences for actions. But, it seems certain celebrites seem to get away with anything and everything and we just accept it without even a hiccup. We stand together in solitude and claim we have this persons “back” while they endure the backlash for their actions.
I get it, we make excuses for them because we claim, “poor them, they are in the public eye so we need to try to cut them some slack”, “they are human and will make mistakes”, “it’s understandable because of their line of work” and etc.. This is a JOKE. Seriously? Because they are in the public eye and have EVERYTHING going for them, they need to take EXTRA precaution to make sure that what they built is not taken away from them. And we, the people who follow them, should have stronger convictions and morals to stand against a person who has committed a wrong, even if it is someone we admire. I do not condone certain actions and ignorance. If my best friend, family member or coworker acts in an ignorant manner I make it clear that I do not condone such acts and I make them see their wrongs and work toward correcting it. I do not just idly sit by and witness them commit wrongs and then stand behind them. And these are people that directly affect me, not like a celebrity who doesn’t give two shits about me as an individual.
Take the two current media scandals going on, Donald Sterling vs. Justin Beiber. Donald Sterling faced severe backlash for discussing his opinions on a matter which NEVER CLEARLY indicated he was being racist. (Before I get backlash for my opinion, I want to state that I do not condone what he did either). He was clearly egged on in the conversation by someone who was trying to entrap him. He NEVER used the N word nor did he clearly come out and say anything derrogatory. This man was stripped of his ownership not by his choice, but, by mass media attention. Meanwhile this prepubesent dirty Justin Beiber waste of space and human life did far worse, whereby he used the N word multiple times and made multiple derrogatory references and he has every single person (also black people) standing behind him making excuses for him. How is this even possible? Where are his ramifications and consequences for his actions? Doesn’t matter if this occurred now or before, regardless, he did it and there is video proof.
This is what is wrong with society today. We are confused and we have no integrity. We fall for anything because we don’t stand for anything. We want equality yet there is NOTHING equal about any of this. Justin Beiber should face the same if not worse consequences than Donald Sterling. He needs to be stripped of any and all endoresements and made to publically apologize. How can every sponsor and business stand behind him after what we just witnessed? This is a joke right? Public opinion for celebrities in the public eye needs to change. These celebrities need a harsh reality check and I believe Beibers actions should be the clearest indication that we live in a very double standard, hypocritical, and contradictory society and world.
Time to reflect:
What is your opinion on this matter? Am I being too harsh about this? Does this make sense that we live in a world where one person gets penalized so hard while another (who committed a far worse act) gets a pat on the back and sympathy from the world? I think not. We need to make changes, immediately.
“The difficulty we have in accepting responsibility for our behavior lies in the desire to avoid the pain of the consequences of that behavior.” ~ M. Scott Peck