Synthesis Essay: Pressures of Society
My topic focuses on societal pressures on celebrities and people. While research may confirm that both celebrities and people have the same problems, you can’t help but notice that celebrities are more judged. This is a highly controversial topic because we are so quick to judge someone based on their actions without really knowing them. While some people think celebrities are a bad influence some still think they can also have some benefits to the community. People and celebrities go through some of the same problems, the only difference is celebrities have no privacy in their personal lives and they are put on a higher pedestal. However, we may never know if the high pressures of society will ever change and be more open minded before judging people based on their outside appearance and mistakes. Jack Marshall’s article, “The Sexualization of Teen Celebrities Is Ethically Questionable,” discusses young teens that idolize stars and want to be just like them so they dress and act the same. Similarly, Julie Mehta article, “Celebrity Culture Promotes Unrealistic Body Images,” discusses how the younger generations want to look like celebrities and view that their bodies are not as fit or thin enough. Despite the fact that the articles bring up different questions about how we look up celebrities too much, the authors both argue celebrities are idolized too much. Marshall does this by stating, “The early sexualization of TV actresses whose fans are young teens and pre-teens has a strong rippling effect across the culture, encouraging girls to go where their idols appear to be going” (Marshal.) This statement points out that the younger generation wants to be their idols so much that they start mocking what they do. Mehta begin her argument by saying, “Perfect images of perfect celebrities are everywhere, and it’s enough to make anyone feel insecure or envious.” (Mehta.) The article describes the flawless images of celebrities...
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