Are Celebrities the Real Heros?

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A few years ago I did an article about Celebrity Speakers. It was actually a chapter in my book. I wondered then why we place so much importance on what celebrities say or do. I still don’t know the answer.

Celebrities have a huge impact on our way of thinking. For some reason when we see and hear a celebrity speaking on TV we tend to believe they know what they are talking about. It doesn’t matter what subject, we see the familiar face and assume they are knowledgeable about it.

This is not always true. I sometimes wonder how they became authorities on so many different subjects. When a celebrity appears on a national talk show they usually speak on a subject that means something to them. Something that may have taken place in their life or they are stating their own opinion about a subject they know something about, and that, we have no reason to doubt.

We all have our opinions on different subjects and everyone is entitled to his or her opinion. Your opinion is not exactly the same as mine. In fact, if it were, I would begin wondering about you. After all, without a difference of opinion we could never have a good argument and arguments can sometimes be fun.

What I am saying is that when you hear a celebrity speaking just remember that they are simply expressing their opinion on a subject. It is only when they come off sounding like they have spent the last 20 or 30 years studying a topic that I question their expertise.

If you see a celebrity advertising a product or service then it is time to question. Remember, that person is being well paid to say what someone wants you to hear. They are being paid to sell and a well known face can move a lot of products.

We think, if a certain exercise product is good enough for Clint it is good enough for me. Or if Dolly uses that laundry powder it has to be good. Some people who advertise on TV have never even seen the inside of an exercise room or the laundry room. They are just getting paid to sell.

Some are serious about what they are doing and have an honest feeling about the product, but not all. Most simply have an honest feeling about their paycheck.

If you are watching a talk show and hear a celebrity make a big joke about the business you recently became involved in, such as Mary Kay, Shackley, Amway or Excell, you will have a tendency to think, boy did I make a big mistake.

You may feel like dropping your new venture and never letting anyone know you ever started it just because the celebrity said something negative. If they say something positive then you feel more assured in your decision.

It is the power of the stars. And I don’t mean that astrologically. It is the power our favorite movie star. That person who actually puts his or her pants on the same way we do. It is the power they have on our way of thinking. The power they have to make us believe they are right.

How did they get all that power? How did they acquire all their knowledge? What is it that has made them such experts?

If you were to read their history you would find that a lot of them came from a broken home, were raised by a

single parent, dropped out of school or spent time in a prison. And yet, they are the ones we look up to as our hero’s and our stars.

If you read Ben Steins final column you saw that he addressed the same thing only he did a much better job of it. The title of his column was “How Can Someone Who Lives in Insane Luxury Be a Star in Today’s World?” He discusses some of our misguided thoughts and hero’s. Below is a line or two of his article.

“I no longer think Hollywood stars are terribly important They are uniformly pleasant, friendly people, and they treat me better than I deserve to be treated. But a man or woman who makes a huge wage for memorizing lines and reciting them in front of a camera is no longer my idea of a shining star we should all look up to.”

In case you missed the article and would like to read it let me know and I will send you a copy. ( [email protected] )

The article points out that in his opinion we are looking in the wrong direction for our hero’s and why. It is also my opinion that we should rethink who our authority figures and hero’s are.

I don’t think Tom Cruise is as intelligent as Tom Cruise does. I don’t think Jay Leno has it as together as he does and we all know George Carlin is questionable.

So, who do you listen to and believe? Is it time to rethink?

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