By Camillia Dababneh |Staff Writer|
“I don’t think I objectify celebrities but I do not consider them regular people in comparison to myself,” said student Amelia Murillo. “Their lives are more luxurious which makes them different in a way.”
Celebrities often have fans aspire to be like them or idolize them.
“Society loves the idea of having their own desires and goals visible,” said Lisa Brown, student at Los Angeles Pierce College.
Most of the people that invest so much time into celebrity’s activities seem to fantasize about leading a similar life.
“People wish to be rich and famous so they spend a lot of their time focusing on celebrities who live the rich lifestyle so they can feel connected,” said student Lukas Montes.
“I have always followed Kim Kardashian, but now it’s even more interesting because she has a daughter which is a few months older then my own,” said Brown.
Coyotes agree that spending time following these celebrities is considered more of an escape from reality.
“People want to escape their average lives and fantasize that maybe one day they can live the life that they live,” said Murillo.
Celebrities aren’t only seen and followed on television or film.
Some might even be social media famous for like Viners or bloggers.
Social media celebrities may be perceived as normal to a majority, so it may be easier to relate to their everyday advice.
“I follow social celebrities like Jennifer Stano and Egries Gjergjani because they are great bloggers and give great mommy advice,” said Brown. Adding, “Their success and fabulous lifestyles are also great.”
Many students may follow at least one celebrity on social media accounts such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr.
“More than half the people I follow on Instagram are celebrities, bloggers, fitness experts, and designers,” said Brown. “Some of them I follow because I am fascinated by the marketing.”
Celebrities are portrayed as beautiful and perfect, which is perpetuated by the media, as it displays constant, air-brushed magazine covers and coverage at events like the Golden Globes and the Emmys.
“People have become so invested in the lives of the rich and famous because to them they seem perfect,” said Sarah Al Farah. “They are all so beautiful which makes society think that it is all real and people get caught up in that.”
Society is always feeding into media outlet stories, whether the stories are positive or filled with drama. I personally love both, but drama stories are my guilty pleasure.