Celebrity hype is a tragedy

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?

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20 thoughts on “Celebrity hype is a tragedy

  1. “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”

    Trouble is, both of these interest groups don’t necessarily pay attention to the heartbeat of what’s really going on in the world, only the side of things that connects with their interest.

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      • I read something recently that China is looking to relax their 1 child limit. That’s a touchy subject that you can approach from many angles though. I think the best bet to prevent any abortion is a focus on sex education so people can actively prevent the majority of unplanned, or in China’s case, illegal pregnancies.

        As for the fur trade, hopefully biological technology will help remedy this problem. There are people starting to grow leather. I imagine growing fur could also become a possibility in the future. It’s disappointing that these animals are only being killed for their fur. At the very least we should be working towards integrating these animal-reliant industries to make better use of all parts of the animals, while we educate further about the damaging nature of such operations in order to reduce the need for it to be happening.

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      • I said that prayer above after I asked God to please not let me start hating them for what they do. I told him that I am a Christian and am not supposed to hate, and then I felt to pray what I did. Straight after I prayed I received an email, and it shocked me. It is as if God was personally answering my prayer. This is how I know God is real:

        HUNGER FOR GOD IS NOT ENOUGH
        By Nita Johnson

        (Part 1)

        “Many years ago, He came to me, and He said, “I would give anyone who will the place to walk with Me that I have allowed you to walk.” Anyone. I said, “Lord, that’s so wonderful. Why don’t You?” He said, “It’s not My problem. Most are not willing to pay the price. They say they want Me, but they won’t pay the price, and this is the most serious aspect of that.” I asked, “What is it, Lord?” He replied, “They refuse to see who they really are. Because of that, I cannot give them My glory. I cannot take them where I want to take them.” The brokenness before the cross must be complete. That only happens when you see who you really are, deep inside.

        It is so painful because we are like preppy Christians. Do you know how the preppies dress? They are usually the most intelligent in the classroom, well groomed, and often with glasses. They are the ones who always have all of their homework done and get straight A’s. They always have the right answer at the right time. We Christians are like that, too. We are kind of preppy Christians where we think we are better dressed than anyone else, spiritually. We think we are cleaner of heart than anyone else, spiritually. We think we are smarter, with more understanding of God’s ways, and with more truth than someone else. When God shines the light into that preppiness, and He begins to show us what we really are inside—how spoiled we are, how much self-love there is, how much stubbornness there is, how much of a critical spirit we have toward others, how we judge others by our own standards, the unforgiveness, the bitterness, the demanding of our own rights and way and will—we react. We say, “Get the light out of here! That is not me! I won’t accept that!” And the revelation stops.

        Now I am here to push you over the cliff, spiritually speaking. Put on your bungee gear, and take a good bungee jump. Go! Do not stand still, but let your faith arise and take the chance. Look beyond the discipline, the correction, and what you have to see inwardly. The sooner you do it, and you put your eyes back on Him, you will come to realize that it is not your righteousness that is going to cause you to stand before Him; it is His. He has known this about you from the beginning, and it is going to be His joy when He is able to change this and lift you above this darkness.

        If you have a problem lying, do not say, “No, I don’t lie.” The minute you say that, and you hold to fight the battle that you do not lie, when you know you do, you keep the darkness in your heart. If you have a problem with jealousy, do not deny it. Come to the Lord Jesus, and say, “I’ve got a jealous heart for all the wrong reasons. I hate this thing in me. Please remove it.” He wants to remove the darkness. Do not hold onto it and pretend that it does not exist. You cannot go anywhere in Him as long as you do that.

        I want you to remember something which is very sacred. He poured out His blood on Calvary, and He chose you. He loves you so much. When He has to show you the rotten of the rotten, it is okay. His love will cover it. Even if you tell Him that He cannot ever touch those things in you, He will still love you. If you have been born again for forty years, and you are no more than a two year old babe in the Spirit, He still loves you. If He poured out His blood to make you His own, how much does He love? So why do we continue in our stubbornness, our judgments, our unforgiveness, our bitterness, and our self-righteousness? Sometimes people say, “Oh, I wish I had someone to love me.” You have someone that loves you. Jesus loves you so much that He went to the cross and poured out His blood that He could buy you off of the slave market of sin. So do not come into His Kingdom and then look back to Egypt and think that the leaks tasted better than the Word of God.

        Dine on His Word and let it do its work. Do not just read it, but tell Him that you want His Word to go through you like a rototiller, breaking apart all of the darkness and the ungodliness that you want to cling to subconsciously. He knows that if you really understood what He wants to give you, you would let go. But you have to fast and pray for your eyes to be opened for you to really see.”

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      • (Part 2)

        “Come with me, please, to Psalm 119. This is one of my favorite passages in the entire Bible. Every Scripture verse in it is so beautiful.

        Psalm 119:1-2 Amp. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will). Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are they who keep His testimonies, and who seek, inquire for and of Him and crave Him with the whole heart.

        How do you get there? Let Him cleanse you. People think that if you are the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ, then that is all you need. My dear friend, I am so thankful He taught me the inaccuracy of that. We do need that righteousness. No amount of repentance or works is enough; without it, you are lost and going to hell. So we do need it. But what we want is to be consumed inwardly. We want Him to put His Holy Ghost hammer to our soul and break apart the darkness so that we can flush it out. Then, not only will we have His righteousness, but we will not have our own righteousness. Inwardly, we will have His holiness.

        The Bible clearly says that without His holiness, you cannot see God. (Heb 12:14)

        Psalm 119:1 Amp. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are the undefiled (the upright, truly sincere, and blameless) in the way [of the revealed will of God], who walk (order their conduct and conversation) in the law of the Lord (the whole of God’s revealed will).

        I want to be undefiled. I want every part of me to be as pure as it can be on this earth. This word is going through my heart like a knife.

        I am going to open my heart to you, so please do not judge or criticize me. One time, I said to Him, “Lord, is this all there is to Christianity? You appear to me. You talk to me. You teach me out of Your Word. I walk in this high and holy place for two or three days, and then I’m right back to where I was except that I had a visitation and some teaching of truth. Is this all there is to being a Christian?”

        Then He came to me, and He showed me what being a mature Christian means. He showed what happens inwardly, and how our soul, mind, and heart are transformed. When that happens, you do not go back. You are utterly transformed.

        There was a world class pianist who traveled all over the world. In one particular interview, he was asked, “How did you become so great?” He replied, “Do you want to know the truth? I practice every day, seven days a week, for eight hours a day.” The interviewer’s mouth was now down to his chest. The pianist said, “If I miss one day of practice, then my instructor knows it. If I miss two days, then those who are discerning in music know it. If I miss three days, anyone who comes to the concert knows it. I have to be married to this piano to play like I play.” He did it for the pleasure of connecting himself to his gifting to do the best job he knew how to do.”

        World For Jesus Ministries

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      • …and don’t forget the ‘bile bears’, Mon –>https://www.google.com.au/search?q=bile%20bears&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=np&source=hp&gfe_rd=cr&ei=_FmWUtOSD6aN8QfZ9oGwDg

        Or the bear-baiting, also common in India, where a bear has it’s teeth and claws ripped out and is chained to a post by its nose to be torn apart by large, starving dogs….sometimes for a couple of hours.

        Or the every-day practice of dogs dragged out of scungy cages and skinned alive for the customers at the markets
        …or the Moon bears chained up in restaurants and, when the customer picks his bear, having their paws chopped off and cooked at the table.

        …..and on and on and on…
        And what goes on in Australia, the US, Europe, etc. etc. is not a lot better , though there’s possibly a bit less of it.

        The ‘Image of God’ at work and play.
        As an atheist I don’t so much ‘believe’ god doesn’t exist as I sometimes HOPE to christ he doesn’t.

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      • “A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel.” (Prov. 12:10)

        “How long will the land lie parched and the grass in every field be withered?
        Because those who live in it are wicked, the animals and birds have perished.”
        (Jeremiah 12:4)

        Yes Dabs,

        It’s been getting me down lately. That always happens when I dwell on such things. But the Lord reminded me that all animals belong to Him (Psalm 50:10) and that God made mankind responsible for His animals and we are answerable to Him for our treatment, care and protection of them. (Genesis 1-28)

        “For all of us must appear before Christ, to be judged by Him. Each one will receive what he deserves, according to everything he has done, good or bad, in his bodily life.” (2 Corinthians 5:10) “A good man takes care of his animals, but wicked men are cruel to theirs.” (Proverbs 12:10)

        In the light of the clear teaching of Scripture concerning creation and mankind’s responsibility for it, we should treat animals with the love and concern of those who must give an account of our conduct to God. The welfare and protection of animals is an essential part of our Christian responsibility. No Christian should be a party to this evil abuse of God’s creation. We must all do what we can to secure the well-being of all animals who, with ourselves, inhabit the earth and so fulfil the creative joy and purpose of Almighty God.

        “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. Protect the rights of all who are helpless.” (Proverbs 31:8) From: Peter Hammond of Frontline Fellowship

        God bless you Dabs for all that you do to help animals.

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  2. Couldn’t agree more
    ….except for the distinctions drawn.

    How does celebrity-worship differ from any other kind?

    “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.”

    …or even this?….”Celebrities rise like triffids. You chop off their heads and another clone is always ready to take over.” , keeping in mind the tens of thousands of christian ‘clones’ alone.

    It all gets down to the paradox ~ a legacy of evolutionary history ~ that we all like to be that little bit special as compared to the rest of the flock….but nobody wants to not-belong to the flock.

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  3. TANGENT TANGENT TANGENT:- T here’s an Apocalypse -type movie on channel 9 tonight at 8:30. Usual stuff, but well worth a watch for the STUNNING special-effects.

    And as in so many other cases, the gullible/superstitious would be entirely taken in by them.

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  4. Very true, I hope my children can grow up idolising people who have worked hard and are talented, not men and women famous for being famous and having catty fights on the public stage.

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  5. Thanks for the great post. I was wondering if you had or could point me to a citation on the study you alluded to. I’d like to cite it myself in a sermon or a blog. Keep up the great work!

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  6. Movie and TV personalities, and medias in general, stand out from the unnamed, unknown ‘ crowd ‘ and most of us want and like to be recognised, valued and praised.

    However, hollywoodies, news anchors etc, are impersonating an ‘ alter ego ‘ , a scripted character, and though the public know this, they persist to idealize celebrities lives. I suppose they do so by the huge amounts of money celebs are paid ( and for only a comparitively very very small numbers of hrs at work ), including the peace from worry about going without, maids to cook and clean, best medical care, wintering in the tropics, easy sexual exploits … blah blah blah.

    The unkown ‘ invisible ‘ masses also see to boost their own social value/status by likening their appearance, attitudes, etc to that of celebs.

    Interesting, for some, the developed (wealthy) countries of this dark planet consume an enourmous amount of the world’s agricultural and animal food harvest each year, leaving the worlds poor to starve. Witney Huston had booked a $30,000/night room at the hotel she died in, and the ‘ hardcore ‘ self-only personality defines the conservatives of wealth and power, which rule this world and its harmful, killing life-order.

    For the few, which know, by genuine and definite witness, God’s presence in this life, they also understand OUR Loving God is NOT the author of the earth.

    Furthermore, it reasons, God is the eternal being of pure Life and Goodness and does NEVER harm any life, and all good things every life knows, wheresoever they reside, derive from God. In the circumstance of Justice for the harmful, God’s only power is to deny it’s goods to that offender.

    In this material life, which derives from the composite of good and evil, harmful offenders most often know this life’s goods, whether by their offending behaviours or otherwise. This happens as most behaviours hold both positive and negative meanings, but also those goods are only temporary.

    We can keep this life and continue to harm others, sothen creating our own moral debts, but as material life is a naturally limited life, all offence/harm/sin is limited and so too ones moral debts.

    Of this, all which do offend will know death for a time, but then be reborn back to life again, as Gods Loving nature is also Gods perfect Justice and true moral justice cannot condemn any life to eternal death from only limited offence ; moral justice requires ALL offenders be re-born into life again, and in eternal perpetuity, relative to the other choice.

    Why not visit my blog … GJPaul

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  7. “How can it be that it’s not news when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but the stock market loses 2 points and it’s news? The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits. I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor..

    Capitalism is the new tyranny”

    Pope Francis

    When asked what is the biggest threat to the world today, Aung San Suu Kyi gave a one word answer :

    “Greed”

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      • ??? Does ‘Indifference’ HAVE a head? 😯

        But more seriously, wouldn’t indifference be less of a threat than hordes of people showing a decided LACK of indifference in trying to mind other people’s business?

        Take the current storm building in the South China Sea: wouldn’t indifference to the issue of ‘sovereignty’ defuse the (looking serious) threat in a minute?

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