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Saturday, January 25, 2014

Day 503: A Belieber First and Foremost

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/01/24/showbiz/celebrity-news-gossip/justin-bieber-mugshot-reax/index.html?hpt=hp_t3

(CNN) -- Justin Bieber's defense team now includes Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande.
Both singers stood up for the 19-year-old pop star as he was being hammered on Twitter and TV after his DUI arrest Thursday, encouraging their fans to show some compassion and support.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, and to stand up for themselves, but I think we should be supportive of Beliebers," Gaga told her Little Monsters -- aka her fans -- in a post on her website Thursday.
"We may not understand everything celebrities do because there's only so much we see, but Justin and Beliebers were 'born this way' too. Let's spread love and compassion to Beliebers today. That is what we are all about."
Ellen DeGeneres, who once had Bieber on her show to surprise him with a car as a birthday gift, sounded genuine when she tweeted she hopes the star will be able to mature without injury.

A new debacle erupts in Celebville, the alternate reality in which people are simultaneously incapable of making mistakes and making mistakes all the time. The rest of us must placate ourselves with only snippets of these Celebonites and their amazingness. It is truly rare for any one of us to be taken into the alternate reality of Celebville. I imagine everyone wants to go there, though. It is a place with practically no laws, morals, communal values, or consideration for others - it is a place of pure SELF. Even acts of philanthropy originate from self interest. The rest of us on this normal and boring plane called Survival spend our free moments dreaming of being elevated to the same strata as those from Celebville, in fact, we dream of it to a point of distraction. We neglect what is here in the world around us in favour of the visages sent to us from Celebville. We try our best to emulate their examples, sometimes devoting all of ourselves to becoming those Celebs we admire. We subject ourselves to extreme conditions so that we may glimpse their glory in person. We label ourselves as "fans", but in reality, our connection to these celebs is akin to worshipers kneeling at the feet of their god.

Imagine if we cared about all people an all the world as much as we do our Celebs - the world certainly would look different to how it looks now.

I suppose that I could make fun of humanity's stupidity, but there just isn't anything funny about it. The price we pay every day for our stupidity is too high to joke about. We care more about fashion and the lives of a handful of "stars" than we do about our fellow man and animals living here on this planet with us. If that is not the greatest tragedy of all time then I don't know what is.

The fact that we are willing to judge one person less or more harshly because of their social status is simply appalling. When someone is famous they automatically become "better people" than everyone else, regarded as being above the law in many cases and even above any semblance of morality. Children are especially susceptible to influence, often showing the more extreme examples of obsession and personality adaptation to their idols. These days, with what the Celebs are being examples of, do we really want our children to emulate them? Where is the line?

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