IT’S interesting that Elton John – surely a celebrity himself – has slammed an unhealthy cultural fixation on celebrity and described the crop of modern celebrities as “a vacuous, talentless, horror show”
‘We focus so much on celebrity in our culture and we don’t focus on the right things,” said the piano playing celeb.
‘And I’m so sick of seeing celebrities on covers of magazines and on – tweeting, and on Facebook and reality shows… it’s disgusting.’
Well, he has a point.
Celebrity worship allows self-manipulation. The endless celebrity hype we consume is a contrived distraction that keeps us from looking too closely at distasteful things that may really be going on in the world.
A United States study found that non-religious people tend to be more interested in celebrity culture. The theory is that for the non-religious, celebrity worship fills the same roles a church fills for believers—such as the desire to admire something we think is powerful and the urge to fit in with a community of people with shared values.
The tragedy in this trivialised world is that the meaningless becomes meaningful—and the important seems not so important. Lately, it seems almost everyone wants to be a celebrity, and, worse still, almost anyone can. The banal but powerful lust for fame has swept the globe.
Celebrities rise like triffids. You chop off their heads and another clone is always ready to take over.
Seriously, who isn’t bored by all those self-important celebrity teenagers, celebrity generals, celebrity frock makers, celebrity crims, celebrity chefs?