Stop Obsessing Over Celebrities Who DON'T Use Their Power Or Influence For Good

Stop Obsessing Over Celebrities Who DON'T Use Their Power Or Influence For Good

Someone, please explain how the hell lip kits and palettes are going to help children with cleft lips and palates.

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I love celebrity news and entertainment as much as the next girl (I actually wanted to be a gossip blogger for a while), but there's a thin line between lightheartedly scrolling through The Shade Room and dedicating hours upon hours of your life to following, liking, and commenting on everything your favorite celeb does. I see why some people fall in love with famous people: they're gorgeous, some are really funny, the majority are talented but most of all, they have the most idealistic lives ever. They get to travel to exotic places whenever they want, buy fancy cars and designer clothes, and get million-dollar gifts for their birthday. Celebrities seem to have it all, but that doesn't mean you should give them your all.

Over the years, I've seen people develop serious obsessions with celebrities. They buy all of their merchandise, make social media fan pages for them, spend thousands of dollars on meet-and-greets (which only last like five minutes, by the way) and will harass, bully, and target anyone who criticizes or challenges their beloved idols. Now I don't think it's wrong to like celebrities or engage with them, but I have to call these people out on their self-destructive behaviors because what they're doing is absolutely disadvantageous to them.

There are two problematic things that occur when fans become obsessed with celebrities:

1) They neglect their own autonomy. and they glorify in their idols (or alternatively, establish autonomy through living through celebrities, who have characteristics they lack within themselves) and

2) They devote their time, money, and energy to people who probably have no idea who they are and are physically incapable of genuinely caring about them.

Reason number one is one of the reasons why we have so many young girls and boys running around acting foolish, or claiming to be from a community/background which they are not. They think it's "cool" and imitate it because their favorite celeb does it. When people neglect their own autonomy, they stop thinking about what they genuinely like and value. Instead, their world becomes focused on what someone else likes and values. It's good to have role models, but people who develop obsessions with celebrities don't see them as role models anymore, they see them as who they want to be, literally, and when you transform into someone else, you leave yourself behind completely.


Furthermore, I've been unable to shake the feeling that the influx of social media — and the greater obsession with celebrities it has encouraged — has led to our new age of bandwagoners. Social media has made it easier to follow celebrities' lives and have access to their opinions on certain subjects, which is both good and bad. A lot of people are able to remain unfazed by being overexposed to celebrities and social media personalities, while others become obsessed with doing anything to establish a lifestyle like the famous people they follow. Because of this, we're facing an epidemic of people attention-seeking (or "clout chasing") and going along with any idea and believing anything, simply because someone who has more followers and influence thinks it.

It's quite tragic.

However, reason #2 is most problematic in my opinion, and is the main reason I even wrote this article: most celebs are doing nothing to give back to fans. Yes, they provide great music, acting, entertainment, etc; but, I'm talking about giving back to fans in a way that makes a concrete difference in their lives and community (making us laugh or feel good is great, but that only goes so far and can only do so much).

Let's look at some of the most popular celebrities at the moment.

Kylie Jenner

She has over 100 million followers on Instagram, so clearly, people love her. My only question is why do they love her so much? She's pretty and has allegedly — high-quality makeup (I've never used any products, so I can't vouch for that), but that doesn't call for her to be worshipped and idolized in the manner that she is. It also isn't a valid reason for why some fans go batshit crazy whenever something negative about her is said. Her followers buy her products, follow her every move, and support her endlessly... All for what? In terms of her involvement, she rarely uses her wealth or platform to do anything remotely beneficial. Her only documented instance of philanthropy was donating lip kits to Smile Train.

Yes, lip kits.

Someone, please explain how the hell lip kits are going to help children with cleft lips and palates.

Post Malone

At least Kylie Jenner tried to do something charitable. Post Malone has literally done nothing.

I'm serious, like nothing.

I guess we can count his music and concerts as a way of giving back, but it still doesn't call for the intense stanning and overwhelming support.

Cardi B

Cardi B is by far one of the hottest rappers out right now. Her fan base is huge and they're quite vocal about their undying love for her. #BardiGang, as they're called, is almost as bad as the #Beyhive with how quick they are to drag, bully, and harass anyone who has anything negative to say about the rapstress. They've made dozens of fan pages in her honor and have taken the personal liberty to devote a lot of their time to dispelling rumors about her, doing damage control, etc.

If I didn't know any better, I would think they're being paid by her, or at the very least, that they have some sort of personal relationship with the celeb. But we all know that's not true.

Unlike the other two celebs, Cardi has actually been vocal about not giving back to the community and has only been recorded doing one charitable effort, which was to donate $8000 to the family of Lesandro Guzman-Feliz, a young boy who was brutally stabbed to death in New York City. I'm glad she did something at least but is it enough to warrant extreme idolization?

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Now call me crazy, but it seems like for the amount of money and support that fans spew out to celebrities, that they are getting very little in return.

I don't mean that people shouldn't follow or support their favorite artists, I'm suggesting that they tone it down a bit. It looks absolutely pathetic to pour so much of yourself into someone who doesn't even know that you exist. A person who is benefiting and profiting off of the attention they receive from having a large fanbase, only to not do anything that enriches the lives of that same fanbase, either through philanthropy, social activism, or any other positive means.

Not only that, but superfans — and even just society in general — glorify these people and make it look like we should aspire to be them, but many don't have any outstanding or remarkable characteristics that call for it. Why are some put on a pedestal when they aren't much different from the average person? There are lots of women that are beautiful, so what other great characteristics does Kylie Jenner have that justifies her idolization?

There are tons of amazing rappers out there (many of which are unknown), so what separates Post Malone and Cardi B from the rest. What qualifies them for glorification?

Where are their revolutionary characteristics? The way people devote their lives to these celebrities, you would think they were Jesus and that's exactly the problem. If people are going to put these people on a pedestal, it needs to be for good reasons, not for shallow and simple-minded ones.

If we're going to stan any celebrities, let's glorify Ashton Kutcher, who developed an organization that is helping to save children from sex trafficking. Or we could stan Lebron James, who built a school for urban youth, and Colin Kaepernick, who has donated thousands of dollars to important causes. Hell, we could even stan twerk sensation, Miley Cyrus, who has an organization focused on helping homeless youth.

THESE are celebs who deserve to be put on a pedestal. THESE are celebs that are remarkable, who are talented and who give a fuck about the people who support them.

I'm sick of people being mindless followers and wasting more energy on other people than themselves... especially if those people are so out of touch with reality that they forget they're extremely privileged compared to other people, and that they have the ability to do something amazing with their privilege... if they only tried.

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To the guy that shot my brother...

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To the guy that shot my brother,

On January 9, 2019 my families entire life changed with one phone call. The phone call that my little brother had been shot in the face, no other details. We didn't need any other details. The woman on the phone who called us in full panic told us where he was so we went, as soon as possible. I don't think it helped that not even 10 min prior I talked to Zach on the phone.. kind of irritated with him, and the ONE TIME I didn't say 'I love you' as we hung up. Could've been the last time we ever spoke.. I remember pulling up to the hospital thinking 'this can't be real' 'it's not our Zach' 'this is just a dream Sarah, WAKE UP' I'd close my eyes really tight just to open them, I was still in the hospital emergency parking lot. I could still hear the ambulance sirens coming. It was all real.

The day our life's changed was definitely a test of faith. A test of how strong we were, as a family. I sat in that waiting room ready to see the damage that has been done to my sweet baby brother. Because at that point we had no idea how lucky he got. That glimpse of seeing Zach will haunt me forever. How helpless I felt in that exact moment frequently wakes me up from these horrific dreams I've been having ever since that day. That is a moment burned into my me and families brain forever.

You always hear about these things in the movies or on the news, a house being shot up, someone shooting another innocent person, not to care if they died on your watch. But we found ourselves on the news.. We have been confined to the hospital since that day. Running on barely any sleep, taking shifts of sleep so we don't make ourselves sick taking care of Zach. Watching him suffer. Undergoing surgeries, to repair the damage you did.

Before I proceed let me tell you a little something about the man you shot.

Zachary Keith Wright. A blonde hair blue eyed boy. Who could potentially be the most annoying human on the planet (possibly coming from his sister). A man who loves his God first, loves his family second. Perfect by no means, but almost perfect to me. A 19 year old who was to graduate high school this month. After graduation he was prepping to leave for Marine boot camp in the summer.. being in the military has been Zach's dream since he could talk. Literally. Running around, playing war with underwear on our heads, and finger guns. Some would say we looked like natural born assassins.. growing up he has been a country boy. Let me tell ya country to the core. He loves this country like he loves his family. He believes in helping people, taking charge in what's right, and never leaving a brother behind. He's lived by that his whole life. Until now....

The day you shot him. The day not only did you change my brothers life, you changed his families life too. The day you almost ripped my brother out of this world... for what? A misunderstanding? Because you've let something take ahold of your life that you can't let go you're willing to kill someone innocent over? Luckily for him, his guardian angels were protecting him in your time of cowardice. There were 3 times that day he should've died, the time you shot him, the time you tried to shoot him again as he stared you directly in the face, (even tho he couldn't talk I know you could read his eyes, and he still intimidated you. That's why you tried to pull the trigger again) and the time he was running out of the house. But he lived. A man who was shot in the face, didn't lay there helpless, didn't scream in agony. That MAN walked to the neighbors to get help. Why? Because he's a MAN, and because he's on this earth for a reason.

It's gonna sound a little strange not only to you, but the audience who is reading this. I must say thank you. Even in this situation, this was the best outcome we could get. He gets to live. He will make a full recovery. He will graduate. And he will go off into the Marines. You united my family together. Closer than ever. Thank you. You tested our faith and brought us closer to our God. Thank you. Because of your moment of weakness, you showed us what prayer could do. Heal anything. Thank you. This was a bump in the road, and a helluva way to kick off our year of 2019. But here we are.. all laying in the hospital. I'm looking around as mom is sleeping in her recliner chair exhasted but still here, Zach his awake playing his xbox all hooked up to machines, fighting to heal and get better. And of course I'm writing this letter to you.

See you in trial,

From the girl whose brother you shot.

'Fight the good fight' - 1 Tim 6:12 🤟🏼💙

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21 Book Quotes That Have Helped Me Enter A New Chapter In Reality

Sometimes, you can learn more about the real world in books than you think.

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I've read a lot of books and from each one, I've learned a lot. There are so many quotes that I got from each book I've read that I felt are important to keep in my life. They gave me new ideas and made me see in new perspectives. They could state something crazy or something that I already know and still make me think about it. There are also many ways to connect with each one, they can be interpreted in different ways, also. There are some quotes that are from the same book, but it just means I can take more from the book.

1. "It takes a lot of courage to stand up to our enemies, but it takes even greater courage to stand up to our friends." - Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone

2. "Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read." - Clockword Princess

3. "You can only sharpen a blade so far. In the end, it comes down to the quality of the metal." - Six Of Crows

4. "Someday. I hated that word." - Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

5. "No one ever thinks they're awful, even people who really actually are. It's some sort of survival mechanism." - Station Eleven

6. "Most successful missions are just a series of barely averted disasters." - A Torch Against The Night

7. "In short, the government is like a surgeons scalpel. It's an intrusive tool that can be used for good or for ill. Wielded carefully and judiciously, it will facilitate the body's remarkable ability to heal itself. In the wrong hands, or wielded overzealously with even the best of intentions, it can cause great harm." - Naked Economics

8. "Stories are wild creatures, when you let them loose, who knows what havoc they might wreck." - A Monster Calls

9. "If you let other people make the decisions, you can't complain about what they decide." - All Good Children

10. "Shame holds more value than a coin ever can." - Six Of Crows

11. "I'm afraid of a lot of things, but I'm not a coward. That's one thing I could never be. I'd hate myself." - Midnight At The Electric

12. "Do you think it's bad - to doubt?" "No. I think it's smart." - Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe

13. "Just because he's a good leader doesn't mean he's a good person." - An Ember In The Ashes

14. "For every man there exists bait he cannot resist swallowing." - Night Film

15. "Look, I do think that, um, the media actually made people accountable, because they made people think." - The Laramie Project

16. "That anyone is capable of anything at any time, given a certain set of condition." - Neverworld Wake

17. "I don't care if there are cracks in us, we are still us. We don't have to be perfect to be right." - Midnight At The Electric

18. "That's just the way: a person does a low-down thing, and then he don't want to take no consequences of it. Thinks as longs as he can hide it, it ain't no disgrace." - Huckleberry Finn

19. "It wasn't the right thing to say, but sometimes these things come out. You could take only so much blind, stupid ignorance without cracking around the edges a bit." - The Bane Chronicles

20. "When you fight a monster, be careful you don't become a monster." - Gemina

21. "You don't get to choose if you get hurt in this world, but you do have some say in who hurts you." - The Fault In Our Stars

There are many, many more quotes that have inspired me and the number will just keep increasing with every book that I read. I will continue to learn from each book and discover new ideas and perspectives and travel to many places around the universe. Each quote is different in its own way. They may tell me the same thing, but it doesn't stop me from writing them down and sharing them with others.

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