Our generation is a celebrity-obssesed culture. Or should I say paparrazzi culture?
The term "celebrity" nowadays is teethering in between the concepts of being "famous" or "infamous" – sometimes a little bit of both. Whether one person is known for good or bad reasons, good or bad publicity – in the end it’s all about publicity. And as in any part of the world, celebs provide the stuff of our dreams, fantasies and even delusions. They’ve become our friends, classmates, siblings, and even lovers (for the crazy-obssessed ones, that is). Everyone delights in their rise to fame, but at the same time, though ironically, everyone waits with bated breath to see their downfall.
The question is… why?
I wrote this post after all this brouhaha with Jessica Simpson’s fuller figure that got the whole American population talking. I just didn’t get what the whole fuss is all about. But upon closer inspection, let’s try to understand the reason why the hell everyone is reacting like it’s the end of the world while the whole issue of the economy dying was put on hold.
Here are some photos of some Korean celebs that have floated around the net and printed on the tabloids – and caused some heated (though personally I think unnecessary) debate.
This really ain’t new but WG’s resident sexy rapper Yoobin has been under fire for gaining a few pounds. Here’s what some netizens have to say about this photo:
"She’s probably just thinking how fat her face got."
"She’s really getting meatier…."
"Yoobin needs to keep working her facial muscles and smile as much as she can. Her face is so chubby now. Burn some fat on her face = smile Binnie!"
Me: Wow. If losing weight is as simple as that then I will keep smiling even when there’s no reason until everyone thinks I look like an idiot. Sheesh.
"Yoobin = Fatty pig"
"Stand away from a thinner girl to avoid the comparison is one thing i would do ;P"
"She’s ready to cut a bitch…someone done ate her food…*stares at yeeun*"
I admit, some of these comments are pretty funny but dang what gives? If that’s what they call fat then I wonder what they call an obese person? Geez. Overreacting much?
It’s also the same for Solbi (formerly a member of a girl band, now an MC)
More zits to pop: SNSD’s Taeyon, Tiffany, Jessica and Yuri
As if puberty isn’t already hard enough!
Okay. This LJ doesn’t want to be all biased, so let’s look at the other side of the story. These are my own words, but the thought comes from the comments (or at least how I understood them) of different people’s reactions.
First, the celebrity world is different from the real world. They are expected to be perfect. They ARE our versions of what we call perfect. It’s their job to be perfect. We actually pay good money, or if not, attention, affection or to some extent "love" for them to entertain us, to be our hope that someone who’s human can be perfect. (LOL sorry for the overuse of the word). In short, it’s all about image. So why destroy that image which have made them famous in the first place?
Second, they chose to be celebrities, which means that they have subjected themselves towards the scrutiny of the public. It’s just the price they have to pay. They become the content of our dreams while they fulfill their own.
Third, truth hurts but it is the truth. Let’s all let it all out without using pretentious words like "full figured," "bad angle", yadda yadda. Yoobin, Jessica Simpson got FAT. Sohee is pimply. Deal with it.
Celebs chose to be in the limelight yes, but did they choose to be ridiculed as well?
It’s all about image, yes, but aren’t they human too?
We pay them money, attention, love or whatever you may call it, but does that mean we own them?
As Yoobin’s rap goes: "All the boys be lovin’ me… All the girls be hatin’ me…. They will never stop! ‘Coz they know I’m so hot hot!"
Feel free to discuss people!