I am not a huge admirer of any particular celebrity. I do enjoy taking a break between writing about the more serious subjects that effect many of us by reading celebrity news.
The term “celebrity” is used so lightly today. In order to get media attention all one must do is find their life the subject of a reality television show ( Kate Gosselin ) or get your foot in the door with a famous last name ( Bristol Palin ). Then there are the talented actors who behave badly ( Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen ).
What really surprises me is how many average Americans put some faux celebrities up on a pedestal. I recently wrote a piece about my favorite Kardashian sister. Khloe Kardashian has always been criticized for her size. The piece I wrote was encouraging Khloe to break free from her overbearing manager mother and embrace her size.
The comments I got on this piece showed the ignorance of many readers, one commenting that I had “contempt” for Khloe Kardashian. I re-read my article and I really don’t understand why someone would get that impression. What I find contemptible is the fact that the Kardashian family made millions last year for no apparent talent. I also feel that a mother who pressures her daughter into trying to be a size she is not because of contracts they have to push diet pills is more focused on earning money and less about her daughter’s self-esteem.
Khloe does not share the same petite frames that her sisters do. She has been compared to them her entire life. It is time for Khloe to move out on her own- that is all my article was trying to say. “A perfect size 6” is not what I consider perfect. What is perfect is what is right for your individual body.
Another reader commented that there are more important things going on in the world. You better believe it and I do tackle more important issues. To me, writing about how the average woman feels about their body because of the influence of celebrities is important. As a parent of a teenager, I want my daughter to have a realistic view of what her normal should be, not look to a celebrity for what she should emulate.
Khloe Kardashian and others like her are only a tool that writers like myself use to make a point about society and how celebrity effects our views on what is acceptable. Believe it or not, they are not so special or unique. They are just people like you and me. The difference is that many of them crave the spotlight and will do just about anything to get it.
My life is quite rich and content. I do not envy any celebrity or anyone in the limelight. Many writers write about celebrities because it earns them money and this is our job after all. When someone comments about my alleged “jealousy” of these celebrities and make nonsensical comments, all I can think is that they didn’t even read the article.