As I was driving home this evening from my parents, I had some time to let random thoughts rumble through my brain on the hour drive. I thought about all the buzz that the Oscar’s have around them. Part of me is like…”Good for them” way to revive interest in the concept of awards shows…however, I also thought about the whole paparazzi aspect surrounding celebrityhood and why it is so appealing to us.
At event shows like the Oscar’s, the press are always herded properly into their place beside the red carpet, but after tonight, its back to their normal routine which includes lurking in the shadows to capture celebs in their daily lives.
How many times have we seen pictures of celebrity parents trying to enjoy their time with their kids or just run a few errands around town (even celebrities need to get out of their palatial homes every once in a while 😉 How strange it must be to be the child of a celebrity and I wonder what they think as strangers follow them around and asking their famous parents personal questions.
Granted, celebrity parents have chosen this life themselves. But their children have not. And I feel bad as I am sure that their public lives shape the people they become. Many celeb parents try to make sure their kids get the most “normal” life they can create for them, but even that can only go so far.
As a celebrity parent, How do you handle a temper-tantrum prone toddler with camera’s lurking? How can you give your child your full attention while having to maintain your “public image” making sure everyone is dressed in the perfect clothes, just to run out for milk?
Have we put too much emphasis on celebrityhood? If it wasn’t so profitable, then would paparazzi hound celebrities to the level that they do now?
Would our daughter’s think twice about comparing themselves to photoshopped pictures of actresses and singers and would we find that there are alot of people in the world who deserve our time and attention that we so willingly give to celebrity gossip columns, magazines and TV?
How do we stop this cycle? Is the public and their strong interest in celebrities’ lives as much to blame as the paparazzi themselves?