Celebrity Worship: Should We Worry?

Dana is a 15 year old from Hi-nella, NJ. She loves to write and enjoys reading, singing, and shopping. Her goal is to help others through her writing, and bring attention to important topics.

If you’ve ever heard the expression “don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill”, you should perfectly understand my stance on the topic of “celebrity worship”. These days probably every teenager in the world has a poster of Justin Bieber, Zach Efron, or someone they idolize plastered onto their wall. When most kids hit adolescence they usually trade in their hello kitty memorabilia for posters, blankets, pictures, etc. of the new it celebrity. In most cases it is adolescent girls who idolize these celebrities and like to think they would marry them one day. In our culture today celebrity worship is very well accepted. Franchises actually go to quite a lot of trouble to make and distribute items with popular celebs faces on them. Is it normal though? Recently I read an article suggesting that a young person being obsessed with another human being in the spot light is extremely abnormal and unhealthy; that the celebrity worship itself is rooted from insecurities of their own. Well, unless your child is literally making out with a poster I definitely don’t think there is anything to worry about, and that “celebrity worship” is simply a part of maturing and entering the adolescent world; you get a fake famous boyfriend before you get a real one.

I myself also have a love for a particular celebrity. It is not the popular Justin Beiber, or the sparkling eyed Brad Pitt, the celebrity I admire from a far is Scotty McCrery; the 16 year old cowboy who won American Idol. I have several pictures of him on my bulletin board and even have a large portrait of us painted together over my doorway, perhaps as the crowning glory of my room. I can tell you that although I may like him a great deal, there is no way I would put my life in danger trying to chase him on the street or something crazy of that nature. I joke with my friends that he is my “future husband” and joke that they will not be invited to the wedding unless they buy his next album. Do I really think that I will be Dana McCreery one day? No of course not! The the odds of even dating him are less than one in a million, plus hey, I’m not even sure I’d like him if I really got to know him! I love him as a TV personality and country singer, but at the end of the day my logic and common sense are still intact; no matter how cute he is.

I remember a couple years ago hearing a horror story that involved singing diva Paula Abdul. A young woman who had worshipped Paula all her life, had committed suicide outside Miss Abdul’s home with pictures and dolls of Paula surrounding her. The story made me sick to my stomach when I heard it and still does. I think that if “celebrity worship” is a real thing, than that is the kind of situation it applies to. Not young tweens and teens simply hanging a few pictures of J.B or Mitch Russo up on their walls.

When I first read the article about celebrity worship I disagreed with a lot of it. I felt like it was a personal attack on me because I happen to admire a certain celebrity. I felt like they were saying I was disturbed and insecure for feeling the way I do about the lovely Scotty McCreery. I see now though that even though it was a bit of an overreaction to me, that parents just worry about their kids and want to make sure that they are indeed normal.

In conclusion, celebrity worship is a serious thing, but I do not think that there are as many cases in the world as many experts think. I mean, all you parents and even you “experts on celebrity worship”, didn’t you too have posters of one of the beetles on your wall? Didn’t you write Mrs. Ringo Star all over your binder at some point during your adolescence? Like I said in the beginning, I believe everyone making accusations of celebrity worship on young people who are just fans of what the media shows them, are just making a mountain out of a mole hill. There is also another expression that goes superbly with this article, it goes something like this: “If you go looking for trouble, you’ll find it”. So calm down, don’t make a mountain out of a mole hill, don’t go in search for trouble, and just be confident your tween or teen will grow out of it; they always do.

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