Celebrities are smart? Nah….
Oh, look, Lindsay Lohan is being accused of stealing from a necklace from a jewelry store. Yes, what you are reading is correct. A necklace. You would think a celebrity with more money than the ninety-nine percent of the population of America would be able to afford an eye-catching necklace. The jewelry store reported the necklace. Lohan was eventually caught after being photographed by the paparazzi wearing the necklace and video surveillance confirmed her taking it from the store. Sometimes, celebrities do and say the stupidest of things.
News of all sorts travel fast these days. Once a news outlet or website gets hold of any breaking news, it travels through Twitter, Facebook and nearly every social media website. When a celebrity commits a crime, the media reports it and we listen to it and express our opinion on it. When a celebrity is arrested for assault, we do the same thing. When a celebrity is arrested for firearm or drug possession, we do the same. We tend to judge a celebrity by their actions.
I have a twitter account and in Twitter, there are things called “trends.” They are just topics that are trending or “tweeted” about a lot in a given time. Since Twitter is home to many entertainment outlets, I see celebrity news all the time. And everytime I see that a celebrity gets criticized for saying something offensive or a celebrity getting mad at paparazzi, I take a moment to think about it. The same question goes through my mind everytime and that is “Why do some celebrities seem so dumb?” *
A celebrity is defined in the Webster dictionary is “a famous person.” Most celebrities are known for their work in television shows, music industry or movies. Some celebrities are known for their attention-grabbing actions. The media usually follows them around. They are the ones that break the headlines on them. Whenever celebrities do say dumb things, they are usually asked a question that puts them on the spotlight. The media then takes these words and twists them around and uses them for headlines. Celebrities are portrayed on who they are by the media. We do not know them personally. Therefore, our views of them are based solely on what the media reports. *
When I first picked this topic for this I-search assignment, my original question was “Why do some celebrities seem so dumb?” I thought it was such a simple and upfront question and I would be able to do a lot with this. However, when I started doing my research, I realized it was harder than I thought. The information I found that was closely related to my topic, was more towards the side of “How does the media affect celebrities?” and “How do celebrities handle the stress?” I found that the media plays an important role into celebrities saying dumb things and doing crazy things. *
However, does the media influence the image of a celebrity to a point where it can hurt the celebrity? A user on HubPages, a site for non-professional writers to publish their works, talks about how the media can affect the life and image of a celebrity in one particular article. The author, Sara Wright, talks about how the media portrays celebrities and the negative effects of the media on celebrities. The life of being a celebrity is made difficult by the media and sharing information or details about themselves can be even harder. The information can be exaggerated and falsified and “may cast a negative light upon him or her” (Wright). Furthermore, this can build up pressure for a celebrity, proving to be “detrimental to the health of the celebrity” (Wright). *
For this project, I decided to find someone that works close to the entertainment industry to help me. I contacted Matt Donnelly of the LA Times. Donnelly is the co-columnist for the “Ministry of Gossip” section in the LA Times. One of the first questions I asked him was, “How do celebrities deal with the stress they get?” He said that most celebrities...
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