posted on Jul, 31 2011 @ 03:24 PM
Originally posted by ateuprto
reply to post by doctornamtab
My question would be why does it matter if the celebrities "validate" the points of view of ATS members. I would be more concerned about that than
anything. Celebrities are generally not good role models, they generally lack education and intelligence. Furthermore, who the hell cares what one
individual thinks, their opinion should be considered as valuable as anyone's around here. I'm not trying to be a capital Dick, but seeing people
drool over Sheen's lunacy kind of drove home the point that alot of people around here who claim to be intelligent are "star struck," which to me
represents a lack of intelligence and rationality. Just my .02 of course.
Well it doesnt matter much to me but it matters to a lot of people. To our culture telebrities are people who are successful. People who'd taken
their own path and made something out of their own talents and hard work. We're all star struck, just depends on who you consider a star. If I saw my
favorite musician on the street I'd be a lot more star struck than seeing Mark McGwire or Jessica Alba. Celebrities are what many people strive to
Now for the typical ATS disclaimer since people may take this to its utmost extreme and apply it to situations I dont even realize or intend. This
isnt how all celebrities are but it is the mythos surrounding them. Alsom this isnt how everyone views celebrities so dont think I'm talking about
you and please dont clog this thread up with examples of how unplugged you are from celebrity culture. We're proud of you too, now, both of us, get
back to the point.
That being said, many celebrities are at odds with their own fame. It can trap an otherwise meaninful artist and turn their contribution and talents
into an economic engine. Because their paychecks are intimately tied to the economic forces that sponsor them, celebrities are pressured (really
pressured) to keep their own opinions out of the media (and sometimes even out of their own art).
So its good to see some break out of the forces that try to contain their creative energy and fruitful minds. If more famous people ascribed to these
views they wouldnt be on the fringe anymore. They'd become the mainstream view. And aren't we all trying to wake up the masses on ATS? Sometimes its
easier to let Mos Def do the talking.