There has been a lot of scrutiny recently over the morality of celebrities. After Kristen Stewart’s affair it was reported that she would not be appearing in the prequel of Snow White and The Huntsman, however, Rupert Sanders may still be directing. I don’t believe that she should have to suffer professionally due to personal circumstances which were brought to public’s attention without those affected having knowledge of it whatsoever. What has really caught my attention is not all the ‘celeb gossip’ or whatever you want to call it, but that Kristen Stewart is suffering from the backlash of her actions but not Rupert Sanders. They are both adults, and both equally responsible for their actions, yet the woman is scrutinised far more than the man. Sanders is by no means in the public eye as much as Stewart, but why are her actions seen as far worse than his?
Another example is Chris Brown and Rihanna. To my knowledge, I an unaware of Brown’s actions towards Rihanna having any effect on his career whatsoever. His abuse towards Rihanna however, was completely out of line. Three years since their turbulent past, they are back in the media’s attention after Rihanna’s recently aired interview with Oprah. I haven’t watched it as I assume it is only available on American television, but Rihanna claimed she still loves Chris Brown and that she is still protective over him. There has been a lot of dispute over her words as she is apparently setting a bad example to those who have been effected by domestic violence. She opened up about a truly horrific part of her life, which must have been difficult for her. She was not bitter about her experience but saddened, and far more courageous than a lot people as she forgave Brown for what he did. Does that really make her a soft touch or weak?
Further examples include Mike Tyson raping an 18 year old girl, found guilty, yet his boxing career was not effected whatsoever. Actor, Hugh Grant has slept with prostitutes, yet his political opinion is still highly regarded within British media. Footballer, Wayne Rooney has paid prostitutes, thousands of pounds for one night stands, (once whilst his wife was pregnant) yet he still receives a six figure salary each week.
Yet, the question still remains, why are women scrutinised far more than men?
We live in a world where ‘celeb gossip’ in classed as news, where the news that the tabloids are publishing is what happened in last night’s ‘The Only Way is Essex’ or ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ and who what’s his face from Big Brother is dating. When did it become okay to be famous just for the sake of it?
The London Olympics show athletes who have trained their whole lives, for in some cases just a few moments, which can make or break their efforts for a gold medal. They strive for greatness and are known for being the best in their field. And of course it is not easy, but they dedicate their lives striving for success and greatness. Jessica Ennis herself has said she hopes she has inspired a generation. The likes of Greg Rutherford, Mo Farah and Beth Tweddle should be the real role models in today’s society.
Kim Kardashian slept with someone famous, sold her sex tape for millions, and now her family has a reality TV programme making yet more millions. She does not even seem to be ashamed of herself and the example she is setting young girls everywhere – she has over 15 million twitter followers!
The press also seems to show these ridiculously thin celebrities which are made to seem the norm and that there is a certain way that every woman should look. Why are people so interested in the Miley Cyrus’ figure? It should not be drilled into girls’ that this is normal. Jessica Ennis is a real role model who isn’t wafer thin but a dedicated athlete.
Now, I’m not saying that everyone should become an athlete, but do something with your lives that you are proud of. Something you are passionate about and strive for success in whatever you wish to do. Don’t chose to become the next Tulisa because it’s the easier option and a way of making millions of pounds. Don’t seek attention or be caked in fake tan to ‘fit in’. There is nothing wrong with standing out as long as it is for the right reasons.
I believe perseverance, hard work, and determination are the way to success. I’m not going to pretend that I have all the answers, after all I am a twenty year old, I loathe my job, and I’ve not a clue what I want to do with my life. I am however, determined to find a job in London (200 miles away from home), be independent and figure what it is I really want to do. I’ve always been one to take baby steps! But hopefully my friends in London can help me out there.
Now, please can we stop worshipping TV Stars and use our brains for a living?