Friday, June 26, 2009

What is the difference?

Michael Jackson. I love his music, you love his music, we all love his music. I won't deny that he has impacted our culture in too many ways for me to rattle off. It's rather shocking that he has crossed on over to the side, and my heart is sad for his family.

However...

I get frustrated by celebrity culture -- all aspects of it. I am kind of disgusted with the way that our society grasps onto the lives of people who have a talent that is shared through mass media. What Brad and Angelina do is no more business of mine that what Mr. & Mrs. Smith do (haha!).

The details surrounding the death of Micheal Jackson are no more my business than the details surrounding the death of Andrew Hall, who plummeted to his death earlier this week in an office tower's elevator shaft in Toronto.

On second thought, I change my mind. Perhaps if our media and public want to be greedy and know everything about the death of a celebrity, should we not want that of Andrew Hall? Shouldn't we be glamourizing and then tearing down who he was? What's the difference? People are people, right?

Perhaps I'll google him and call up TMZ and tell them what I found out. And then I will hound his family while they are grieving and post it on youtube.

Yeah...that's what I am going to do....

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Just to clarify my bitter point...my frustration lies in that celebrities are made out to be people who should be praised and are role models, when in fact, there are so many people out there much more deserving to be praised and to be seen as role models. Why does the death of a celebrity outweigh the death of a regular blue-collar worker? I bet he made an impact in society too, as a father, as a husband, as a friend. The regular people deserve the credit too...

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can I tell you enough how proud I am of you?

Nathan & Tara said...

it's so true.

today nathan was telling me about that guy who stole millions from stars and stuff as an investor and got 150 years in jail for it. i question a society where a man who steals money gets about 140 years longer in jail than someone who kills another human being...

shows where priorities lie..

Melissa said...

150 years in jail? Well I hope they find him the fountain of youth so that the sentence term can be fulfilled! That is dumb. Yes, the priorities of our society are just a tad off, eh?

As a side note, last night on the news, they had a segment about Mr. Hall. It made me smile...