Tag Archives: pop culture

Why Are Famous People So… Famous?

As human beings, we want to remain on earth after we’ve died. We have kids because we’re genetically programmed to reproduce and continue our biological legacies. I suppose the second best thing is to leave a part of ourselves behind, even if it’s not blood-related – a well-written piece of literature, a convenient technological invention, or a movement that changes society.

I admit to being ignorant. I didn’t know who Steve Jobs was before he died or who Rick Perry was before he castigated gays. There are a lot of famous people I need to learn about, and a myriad of important societal matters that I need to be more aware of. Yet I feel as if for every amazing individual who has amassed a respectable reputation by contributing to society there is a celebrity that has detracted an equal amount of progress by being infamous or famous for no real reason.

Aren't there people with failing literacy rates living in poverty somewhere? Do they not matter? Oh wait, I forgot, we have Justin Bieber. Never mind.

Isn’t it sad that there are girls spending their time talking about or attempting to imitate idiots celebrities like Kim Kardashian or Snooki? They could be educating themselves to face the world’s problems, reading to strengthen their thinking skills, or having plain old fun with their friends outdoors. I’m not even sure why the previously mentioned people are famous – it probably involves some heated Hollywood hookup or scantily clad scandal. But why do those things matter? Have we become so incapable of enriching our lives with knowledge and healthy relationships that we must rely on insignificant, squalid forms of entertainment?

Don’t assume that I only admire those who have taken on the tough battles. I appreciate talent, too. Adele, Oprah, J.K. Rowling – these are people that deserve to be famous even if what they’ve accomplished hasn’t stopped hunger or disease. The Quiet Voice is dedicated in part to pop as well, and despite the overwhelming sexuality in American pop music lately, pop can be pretty cool when it wants to be. If only the singers sung more instead of getting arrested for driving under the influence… well, there’s always K-Pop.

Then again, K-Pop has had its fair share of scandal too. For example, SNSD's extreme dieting and their allegedly having undergone plastic surgery.

So this spur of the moment post was influenced by this video I watched in AP Lang today. I guess through this post I’m asserting how dismaying it is that people have become so entrenched in unhealthy celebrity culture that they literally depend on it for satisfaction in their own lives. It’s especially upsetting when they idolize idiots individuals that set bad examples.

How do you feel about celebrities or famous people? How much interest do you think people should invest in celebrities, and what is a healthy limit? I know that I’ve talked about Key from SHINee quite a bit on this blog, and in my defense, he does possess talent…  unlike Justin Bieber others.



Filed under Personal, Society

The Bad Boy Concept

The first bad boy that comes to my mind is Sawyer from Lost... I always preferred Jack. (image via thegamecodex.com)

Maybe it’s just because I’ve always been attracted to the nice guy, but I cannot see why anyone would like a bad boy.

Actually, I can see why. Bad boys, at least the ones portrayed in pop culture, do possess some admirable qualities. They’re often confident, charismatic, and cool under pressure. Their stupid spontaneous behavior makes them thrilling and unpredictable, thus, exciting to be around. Besides, it’s not like we can control who we fall in love with.

However, I think some shallow people individuals underestimate the potential danger of being in a relationship with a bad boy. They are, you know, bad. Slick leather and sexy sunglasses can’t cover up irresponsibility, unfaithfulness, and inconsideration. I think that 95% of the time when girls and guys say they’re attracted to bad boys, they’re really saying that they’re attracted to the bad boy concept (or, image), not the bad boy himself. I mean, how could anyone possibly want to be with a scumbag cheater?

Cue ChunJi, who cheats on his girlfriends in Teen Top's music video for "No More Perfume On You". But look at his smile!

I’ve never encountered a bad boy like the ones shown in books and TV shows – I guess I should be thankful for that, but I doubt anyone could perfectly perpetuate such an image. When I think of a bad boy, I think of someone who is unreliable and doesn’t care about their girlfriend or boyfriend’s feelings. AKA, someone who’s not worth your time.

Are you a fan of bad boys? If so, what aspect of their personality/image are you attracted to? What do you think of when you hear the term “bad boy”?


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