In many ways, being a celebrity can be like having a superpower. It makes them larger than life. It can be used for good or for evil. People will follow them for a whole host of reasons. And, on a personal level, it can be healthy for them, or cause them harm. Or both.
It also has many parallels to the Greek Gods. They were larger versions of humans, with all the emotions, flaws and drama. Just writ bigger on the heavens.
In the end, what strikes me most about celebrity is the difficulty it must bring in leading a normal life.
Though we associate celebrity with the performing arts, many professions have celebrities. Politics, law, medicine, science, restaurants, etc.
Perhaps it’s best for us and the celebrities if we can think of them more as just human beings. They have the same needs, wants and desires. Since I’m in Los Angeles, it’s pretty common to run into a celebrity when you’re out and about. I try to respect their privacy. They deserve to have a private life… just like a secret identity.
In the wake of all the recent celebrities who have passed on, I’d like to hear your thoughts. Feel free to comment below.
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Joe….nice post. Reminds me of the time (oh no…there he goes….) I met Gene Simmons. Around mid-80’s. He was producing an album for a band that were friends of mine. Sitting in the lounge at Baby-O studios in Hollywood, this really tall mass of mass black hair walks in with a box of cookies, and puts them on the coffee table. I glance at them and say “May I?”. The esteemed Mr. Simmons said “Please.”. I took a bite. “Hey”, I said, “These are good.”. “Aren’t they?” was his response.
Cool story, Bob. Real life. Plus, cookies!