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Welcome to HELL WEEK y'all. Here is the second of my SIX entries for the week laid upon the altar of the mighty Idol gods. As always, may they be exceedingly kind and generous...

Fame is such a fickle and fleeting thing, isn’t it? So many people fight and claw for their chance to stand in the spotlight, to be adored by millions upon millions of cheering fans. And yet, these days, those who attain the coveted status of “celebrity” don’t even deserve it. They most certainly don’t deserve to stand in the spotlight and I find those crowds of cheering and adoring fans completely mind boggling. Many of the people who stand upon the lofty perches of “celebrity” these days simply don’t deserve it.

There was a recent article about the troubles facing the Octomom… you remember her, right? In case you don’t, Nadya Suleman became instantly famous for giving birth to something like four hundred and thirty two children at once. She parlayed that “fame” into reality show gigs which devolved into stripping gigs, a solo sex tape and now… panhandling. And yet, she is still in the news and is still “relevant” in our social dialogue. Granted, in some corners it’s as a joke, in others as a cautionary tale and sadly in yet others, as a “celebrity” of sorts.

The fact that we’re even still talking about her at all is something I find entirely sad and disgusting, to be honest.

Quick… other than blowing guys on film, what are Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton famous for? Oh right, they’re disgustingly rich, which automatically wins them slobbering and adoring fans the world over. People like Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears are better known for their drug habits, car crashes and for flashing their lady bits in public than they are for anything else really. And yet there are those who continue to celebrate them, continue to prop up as Hollywood royalty.

Really? We can’t do any better than that?

Now granted, not all of us do. Obviously. But judging by the fact that they have about eleventy billion followers on Twitter and eleventy billion more declaring their love for them all over the internets, it seems a fair few people do glamorize, celebrate and worship the Kim’s, Paris’ and Britney’s of the world.

It used to be that people had to fight, claw and scratch their way to fame and notoriety. You may not like Howard Stern (and he *is* a disgusting pig) but at least he worked hard to get where he is. Today, it seems all you have to do is appear on a reality show or put out a sex tape, add water, stir and POOF, you’re a celebrity adored by millions of people around the world.

And why? Be it Howard Stern, Michael Jordan or Kim Kardashian, why in the hell do we put people like them up on pedestals and worship them? Why are they the people we point to as role models for children? Why are they even socially relevant? What is it they add to society that makes them these beacons of light for so many? Why do we so willingly accept that they are *better* than us?

I like entertainment as much as the next guy, don’t get me wrong. I enjoy a television program or two and I like movies a whole lot. But I don’t understand the blind devotion so many have for athletes and celebrities. I don’t understand why we’ll look to a Lady Gaga for our social cues or the way we should feel about an issue rather than researching and forming our own opinions about it. These celebrities get paid a hell of a lot of money to provide entertainment to the masses. Yes, in some cases, they do it exceedingly well but are they really worth more than you or I as people? Are their thoughts and opinions more relevant and important than our own?

I will never understand this Cult of Celebrity Worship. It exists and it is powerful. But it’s something that will forever boggle my brain.

If you were to ask me, my personal feeling is that rather than worshipping the Real Housewives of Sheboygan or somebody that can throw a ball seventy yards (and then send a pack of dogs into a ring to fight and kill each other), our adoration *should* be heaped on the *real* difference makers in our world. The teachers, medics, firefighters and the police. Why not our soldiers who fight on our behalf to protect our liberties and freedoms? Why is somebody whose daddy is filthy stinking rich automatically socially relevant while a teacher who lives paycheck to paycheck, buys her own supplies for her class because she cares so damn much and is doing her absolute best to help shape the minds of the kids left to toil in anonymity and near poverty? Why does somebody who is an heiress to a hotel chain able to rake in 100 grand for simply showing up to somebody’s party have a more valid opinion than the firefighter who has to live two counties over because he can’t afford a house where he works and then is told he has to accept a pay cut because his job isn’t critical?

Why are the people who fight to make a difference in our society cast aside, overlooked and marginalized while those who add absolutely nothing glorified? Teachers, medics, firefighters, soldiers, police officers all offer something to our society that none of the “celebrities” we prop up in admiration ever can. They better our worlds while the “celebrities” simply exploit it.

It’s a pathetic situation that will forever confound me. But maybe I’m a namby-pamby Pollyann and I’m the one looking at things all wrong. Anybody got a video camera and Kim Kardahsian’s number? Maybe I should give this whole “celebrity” thing a crack.

This has been my entry for [ profile] therealljidol Season 8, Topic 36(B): Current Events. We're down the Final 8 left standing and things are getting intense! As always, thank you so much for stopping by to give me a read and thank you for all of your support over the course of this season. It really does mean the world to me and I know that I wouldn't be here without you guys. Should we have a poll this week, don't forget to stop on by, read some of the other fantastic pieces and spread some voting-love around! THANK YOU EVERYBODY!

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