Dear American Celebrity Culture:
Over to the side is a screenshot (unedited, containing the original typos and misspellings) of something I published on this website. The date and related content has been included in the screenshot. By way of example the date of Kaepernick's protest was Aug 26, 2016, best I can determine from research. Now my protest was different, I was protesting what I perceived (and still perceive) to be the death cult nature of America. Perhaps my personal protest was broader in scope than Kaepernick's, perhaps it was narrower. Each person will have their own interpretation. Which is fine because the point of this blurb is not for me to say "I was there first." To do so would be stupid and disingenuous.
I am writing this because I am troubled by the incessant fixation on the actions of celebrity by the media and other celebs—as if ordinary people cannot think and act on their own. My personal example, shown above, is only one of a million examples that exist and indicates people do not need to be led by the actions of celebrities. And yet, my senses—ears and eyes—are bombarded with updates from the media and other celebs trying to signal to me that the actions or words of a famous personality should somehow be given some increased weight and importance in how I conduct my life. The latest example is today's push trying to highlight and showcase the actions of Schumer and Rihanna (I write this on 20-October-2018). And stranger still is that those often sharing and force-feeding this celeb-centric culture are other celebs and media personalities who routinely purport to be champions of the common man and woman.
Why should I care what Schumer or Rihanna are doing? I was already protesting... and I'm certain I wasn't the only one. I can speak only for myself, although I have a strong suspicion that others feel the same way I do. The repetitive framing and messaging—the above being one recent example—demeans us wee folk. This cult of personality shit is poison and many who purport to be otherwise are, by their actions, de facto champions and perpetrators of this corrosive and deleterious nonsense.
I am done with this bullshit and will not tolerate its presence in my life. And I am certainly done with those who engage in this behaviour.
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