Is Celebrity Worship a Bad Thing?

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Is Celebrity Worship Syndrome A Bad Thing? I have a friend who is an affectionate fan of Super Junior, the famous South Korean boys group. She can confidently list out the birthdates, height, weight and other details/information of all the thirteen members in the group. She is proud as a Super Junior’s devotee. However, she contemplated and replied me with an awkward smile when I asked her about her parents’ birthdates. As ironic as it seems, but this may happen on you too! You could possibly name many celebrities or even their family members, but you might be clueless about your neighbours’ names. This is rather bizarre as we know someone who is far-fetched from us yet the person will never know us more than the one who is close to us.…show more content…
When people are obsessed to celebrity, they will always concern with all information related to their favourite idol. Consequently, time has gone by stalking aimlessly at their idol through the Internet instead of doing other productive stuffs. In most extreme cases, the fans will even follow their idols here and there in reality. Generally, celebrities have earned both fame and wealth from their supporters. The worshipers are willing to spend their income from backbreaking work to buy albums and products endorsed by the celebrity, including towels or leftovers used by celebrity too. In United Kingdom, a couple who are the fans of Neil Diamond for more than 40 years had spent 27,000 pounds life savings just to have dinner with him (Anonymous, 2009). Perceptibly, the negative influences of celebrity are affecting people of all ages. Furthermore, the lifestyles of celebrities can directly influence worshipers’ beliefs and attitudes, especially teenagers. They are prone to take gorgeous celebrities as their role models and even imitate them entirely. However, most of the celebrities nowadays are involved in bad habits such as taking drugs and having free sex. These will inadvertently ruin the moral values of immature teens, deviating them from the right path. Moreover, celebrities especially actresses are apparently thin. Willinge, Touyz, and Charles (2006) once stated, women distort their perception of others’ bodies due to
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