With social media running our lives, it’s not hard for teenagers to find “idols” in today’s zoo of celebrities. The biggest question on my mind: are we looking up to the right people?
First of all, I don’t want this post to just be bashing celebrities right and left. Honestly, I believe that many celebrities have earned their status with talent, giving back, and other various projects. For example, where would pop culture be today without Meryl Streep? She’s become a diversified icon to many Americans.
However, there are some people who haven’t earned the lifestyle that they’ve been given. Yes, I used the word given on purpose. Why in the world is half of America in love with the family of “Honey Boo Boo” when its members needs subtitles while speaking English? Do I even need to mention the various stars of Toddlers & Tiaras?
My biggest pet peeve is when people idolize the Kardashians. Let’s be honest here. The family is famous because the late father represented a most likely guilty man in court. I won’t even dive into Kim K’s claim to fame. Now, the girls have an overpriced clothing line, multiple overly-dramatic television shows, multi-million dollar divorce contracts, and ridiculous “crises.” How seriously can you take a person that screams at her sister on television because she was woken up early on a Sunday? Some of us actually have to go to work now and then.
Also, I’m not so sure why the Duggars are such a big deal. All I’ve heard about on TLC of late is Jill’s wedding. Sure, they have what nineteen children, but why do we need to see every detail of their lives? What is the fascination? How are they making a living out of having children? That’s just slightly crazy in my opinion.
Two words: Dance Moms. Let me say that the majority of dance studios are not like that. Actually, I’m not really afraid of my parents and my friend’s parents screaming at each other pre-performance. Yeah sure, people get passionate about the show sometimes, but we don’t have cameras in our face all the time. Also, we don’t treat seven year-olds like they’re worthless and replaceable. Personally, I think that’s borderline child abuse.
My point is that there are many great people out there to look up to, but they don’t have to have five million followers on Twitter. There are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, teachers, and friends to idolize instead. Maybe we all need a bit more of a grounded perspective on who we want to be, so we know who we should look up to.
Who do you look up to? Is the person a celebrity with a million adoring fans or a teacher who can keep a class of students attentive and educated throughout the year? Happy kommenting :)
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