The Idolization of the Elite

We idolize the elite class, the professional athletes, the actors and actresses, the people who’s faces we see slapped on the cover of every tabloid, for drugs, cheating, arrests, and countless other offenses and these are the types of people we appoint to be our role models, why? Why do we choose drug addicts, adulterers, and criminals? We look to them for artificial reasons, their hair, their body, their talent, and every now and then their personality, however, we never seem to look to them for good character or strong morals. In my opinion, this doesn’t need to stop, but we need to stop putting these people on a pedestal.

If you’re a soccer player, it’s obvious that you’re going to look to other soccer players to be a better player, but that doesn’t meant that’s who you should be basing your entire persona around. You shouldn’t base your love life around the fact that the specific player cheats every time their in a relationship, on the opposite side, just because that player got married at 18 doesn’t mean that should be your goal either. If that player loves chicken nuggets and you hate chicken nuggets, you shouldn’t try your hardest to love chicken nuggets too. This may sound crazy but there are people who base their whole life and decisions around someone else. If you’re a singer, it might make sense to try and go Nashville to get a jump start on your country singing career like Taylor Swift. Does that mean you should write a love song about every relationship your in? Maybe not.

If you want to base your morals and character off of someone, I’m not sure Miley Cyrus is the person to be looking to, sure she doesn’t give a shit about what people think about her, and personally I strive for that, however, I’m not sure if anyone should be taking her advice on drugs. She could wind up being the next Lindsay Lohan or Amanda Bynes at this rate. If you’re basing your morals off of someone, take someone good like Mother Teresa, pick someone who actually does good things in the world instead of gets drunk and high.

If I have kids I really hope their first role model is someone of substance, I mean I’m not sure what or who will be around then but if it’s even the Hannah Montana of their generation, the TV will be turned off and books will be given. The idolization of talented people is great when you’re looking to them as an inspiration, but different, maybe better people to base your life around.

Per usual this is all my own opinion and I would love to hear anyone elses, please, please, please tell me what you think about the idolization and romanticizing of celebrities. I think that we put them on this pedestal and we forget that they’re people just like us, well with a lot more money, and we forget that they have flaws. We forget that those we admire so greatly do highly illegal things (Justin Beiber anyone?) and are written off because they have the money to write them off. Just something to think about, don’t forget to leave your thoughts!

XOXO,

Mary.

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15 Minutes of Fame

I’m annoyed and I’ve had several posts thought out and semi planned for today and now I’m feeling anxious and annoyed, then more annoyed because I feel anxious, it’s a vicious cycle and I’m just kind of done at the moment for reasons I’d just rather not get into at this particular moment so I’m just going to do something stupid and this is going to be a disregard post basically. So unless you really love me, you don’t have to read this.

This is a post I’ve tried to write several times and it never quite went the way I wanted it to so I never posted it, so I’m writing it when I’m pissed off, annoyed, and just in a generally bad mood and maybe then it will go the way I want it to this time.

It used to be everyone wanted their 15 minutes of fame and it basically lasted for 15 minutes, which means a very short time, well people still want their 15 minutes of fame, it just end up lasting a lot longer than the initial 15 minutes they expected. Everyone has their means, modeling, photography, writing, acting, stupid videos, funny tweets, basically anything can get you famous today, yet when that happens instead of having a town looking to you like it used to be you have what could be millions of people.

People find this short fame town anywhere they can, the desire the acceptance of others, especially their peers, even when they’re strangers. People just want the gratification of being “famous” the perks of what comes with it, the benefits, yet no one seems to think what happens once they’re there. I think a lot of people are willing to do just about anything for “fame” which puts them in a place where they aren’t quite realizing what they’re doing.

With the internet anything you put out there is there forever, even if you delete it, it’s still going to be there. If you post nudes (which people do) to get famous, your future employer will see you naked, guess what, you aren’t going to get the job. Is the fifteen minutes of fame really worth it? Is it really worth your integrity to go to extremes just to have that short time in the lime light? I doubt it, but to each their own I guess.

Then once you’re in this place of fame, how ready are you? Like people who make Vines have 6 million followers and I’m sure they’re getting mobbed when they go out sometimes, they have to stop and take selfies and sign autographs, probably not what they were expecting with a six second video. Would you want that when you’re striving for fame? Sorry no, I want to go to Target in peace.

So this still didn’t go the way I wanted it to, eventually I’ll fix it. Leave me your thoughts about the fifteen minutes of fames in the comments, I’d love to see different opinions!

XOXO,

Mary.

Evolving YouTube

A few weeks ago I wrote a response to Louise’s video about YouTube culture which you can read HERE. Since then a lot has taken place on the site I love so much. Yesterday, incase you weren’t aware, my favorite male YouTuber, Connor Franta, quit his collab channel Our 2nd Life (O2L). He made a video that made me cry, not because he was leaving O2L, but because he revealed that he has been unhappy with working on YouTube for six months and it felt to him that it had turned into a job. I think that’s something that’s starting to hit a lot of YouTubers, especially the ones who upload more than once a week.

With gaining over over 4.5 MILLION subscribers in the past year and a half Zoella, or Zoe Sugg is a perfect example of the rapid growth in the YouTube audience. One of my favorite YouTubers named Lex (check her out here) made a video after Vidcon (the largest YouTube convention) revealing some disappointment that it’s a signing instead of meeting and talking to your favorite YouTubers, but what else can you do when 20,000 people buy tickets? Anyway, I’m sorry I’m getting distracted from the point.

The point is when this was a career for most YouTubers they stopped their other jobs when they started getting sponsors and most likely hit 20k subscribers (when you start getting paid per subscriber) not when they hit a million and are most likely making buckets of money. This is different than being an actor or actress in Hollywood though because you don’t have that constant protection. You don’t have someone holding off people at your house, when they ring your doorbell for an hour- Alfie from PointlessBlog tweeted that there were girls outside of Zoe’s apartment for over an hour, that’s not okay. They also aren’t prepared or ready when they go out in public to get mobbed by viewers, the viewers should maybe say hi, and if they aren’t busy ask for a picture, but they shouldn’t stalk their favorites.

This is also different than Hollywood because “the fans” are also the critics and they have a lot more control over the content of what a YouTuber makes rather than what an actor or actress stars in, but they also have a lot of control over a person’s emotions. Personally, I’ve never had to deal with any sort of hate on WordPress from anyone, let alone a complete stranger halfway across the world. ¬†I know Alfie recently was feeling the pressure of this, actually Zoe was too. Alfie was tweeting about how sorry he was about the lack of videos, but he was traveling to visit fans. He can’t please the whole world, and I think that’s what’s expected of YouTubers sometimes. Zoe did a whole month of daily vlogging and the one day was her just basically crying, I don’t think she was throwing herself a pity party or anything, I think she was genuinely upset about how things were going that day. I think the whole new fame thing is a lot to handle for a lot of these people who never intended to have ¬†millions watching their every move.

I really feel and I will never understand the whole sending hate thing. It’s one thing to send hate to a celebrity on TV, they probably aren’t going to see it. They have other problems than a troll commenting on videos that they didn’t put up themselves. YouTubers on the other hand have both problems, they see all of the comments that their viewers post, good and bad, as well as seeing all of the hate that is starting to leak into mainstream media about them. Tanya Burr was on the list for worst dressed at an event, so that sucks, and then she gets to go home to look at the latest comments on her videos and there’s hate. I can’t even imagine what life would be like for them.

When it’s starting to come down to it, I think a lot of the reasons people started to YouTube are fading and it is becoming a job, and a chore to a lot of big YouTubers. That brings me to my last question, how long is this going to last? Let me know what you think in the comments. And just a heads up this is probably going to be my last post about this whole evolving YouTube stuff, I know it’s not that interesting to most people.

XOXO,

Mary.