The New Razzle Dazzle

By Taylor Boyd

Standing in the cold, drenched from head to toe, and exhausted from the five-hour wait, you are there just to catch a blurry glimpse of Brad Pitt, Beyoncé, or some other celebrity.  You fight a crowd of thirsty paparazzi and take dozens of photos in which only three may be decent quality, and if you are lucky, you get a small grin or passing glance from your idol, who is probably not even focused on you anyway. After the whole ordeal is over, your heart races and you get butterflies in your stomach as if you finally achieved something worthwhile.
You leave satisfied, and think your time could not have been spent better. But let’s stop and think for a moment. Precious time, money and effort have just flown by and will never return. You will never get those hours of daylight back, not ever. Yet, we do it all the time, because the actors we see on the big screen dazzle us, and the artists enchant us with their voices and perform so beautifully that it just seems appropriate to treat them like royalty.  And we do not just wait in long lines for the people themselves, but for their music, movies, or books. We see no error in participating in these types of things, but I have to say there is a major problem going on here.
We have become like mindless zombies and drones whose main purpose is to jump on the bandwagon of the latest news of the Kardashians.  The news of celebs is thrown in our face so much, we have no choice but to listen and obey. What has our society come to? And can we ever escape this glamourous prison that we have encased ourselves in?
I start trying to think why exactly we put such a high importance on celebrity status, and the only thing I can come up with is that we want to be them. It’s because we admire these people that we put them on such a high pedestal. But I think that all we need to do is remember that these are just ordinary people with ordinary jobs. You can have your favorite celebrity crushes and their memorabilia all you want, but just remember to keep your head. They are not superheroes or gods, they are unique individuals like you and me.