I will preface this with the header that I don’t understand much about celebrity culture.
It is foreign to me, and it does not make sense to me the constant barraging of celebrities. As one works hard to excel in an area (and therefore are sprung into the public limelight), I don’t believe that this makes them ‘fair game’ to attack throughout their day to day life. It seems that female celebrities are constantly barraged by photographers and negative media stories over their male counterparts, and in turn I will be focusing on them.
Throughout the past week, Jennifer Aniston (celebrity extraordinaire, media and tabloid maven) came out in defence of not being pregnant, and her belief that societal expectations are not ones which she feels to be obliged by.
Also this week, there has been the unearthing of the infamous Taylor Swift / Kanye West (feat. Kim Kardashian … whoever that is…), which shows a conversation with Kanye telling Taylor that in one of his songs it would be great to say that they had intercourse, or at least that he helped in her rise to fame. She was hesitant and also flattered, however apparently this misogynistic play on words and conversation which had previously caused controversy, had in fact been recorded illegally and in turn was a breach of California Law. How is this acceptable?
This media uproar brings light further to unethical surveillance methods which occur from within the entertainment business, as well as those trying to gain ‘exclusive’ rights and access to celebrity gossip and scoops. This affects just a small portion of society – the celebrities. Female celebrities more than their male counterparts have traditionally been targeted in greater numbers by the media, negatively appropriating gender stereotypes and sexism (Pol, 2015).
There are numerous examples of celebrities of have thwarted their talents and shunned the limelight, as well as women becoming exploited in all facets of the limelight, and throughout the next few blogs I will delve deeper into various aspects and attempt to decipher how the media and media surveillance have affected affluent people within society…
Watch this space.
Pol, J. (2015). A Locker Room of Her Own: Celebrity Sexuality and Female Athletes. Journal Of Popular Culture, (1), 216.