Media Celebrities a sign of problems in society

Those of you who voted in last weeks poll will be glad to know you’re not alone. Over 80% of you said the media spends too much time on celebrities.
Not a day goes buy without the media covering at least one big celebrity story: arrests,drunken parties,leaked naked photos, and all the other wild and rowdy events that celebrities get up to in their manicured, rich celebrity world. Some people believe that, rather than signalling a problem with the media, this kind of coverage signals a problem with society in general.
“It’s sad: I think people really do confuse the act with the person,” says Alex Pope, fourth-year Radio and Television student at Ryerson University. “Hopefully that doesn’t say anything about education in society, but some people really hate the actor that plays the bad guy.”
Pope isn’t alone in his worries that people have difficulty keeping the overblown media movie stars separated from the characters they play in the movies and on TV. “People don’t understand the meaning of actors. they think what they see in the movies is how the actor is in real life,” comments fellow Ryerson student Mayelon Rajanathan. Rajanathan, a first-year student in Chemical Engineering, believes that people have to have someone to look up to, and often use celebrities as a not necessarily appropriate filler for that void.
“He even said himself he wasn’t a role model,” the 17-year-old Rajanathan said about famous rap artist Tupac Shakur, whom he admires. “He didn’t influence kids negatively just so he could make money. It’s kids parents fault for letting them listen.”
“I find it rather sad that people like celebrities just for being celebrities,” says Simon Pearson, a 67-year-old worker at The Life Institute on the Ryerson Campus. Pearson, who believes that most media celebrity coverage is a waste of time, says that the media covers celebrities because that’s what a lot of people want. “I think that empty headed people will always find empty headed things to do,” he continues, “if not celebrities then something else.”
Some people, however, believe that not only is celebrity coverage a complete waste of time, it’s also actively destructive to our society. Mervin Smith, a goldsmith, hospital support worker, and minister, believes that celebrities are a bad influence on not just our children, but on all of us. “They’re promoting sexual immorality. Selling sex.”
Smith, who especially takes issue with celebrity divorces and sexually elicit coverage on stations like BET and CTV, believes that we don’t realize the harm these bad influences are having on all of us. “It gets into your subconscious,” he says, and can cause some people to become mentally disturbed.

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