Celebrities Are People Too
This is something that has bothered me for a while now. I have an Instagram account and follow a lot of celebrities on there. Since I’m a bit of a celebrity gossip fanatic (ask me about any famous person from the 90s, I can give you the dirt), I love to see what they’re up to on any given day.
What I hate to see is the horrible comments people leave on the photos and posts of celebrities. “Wow, she got fat,” “Where’s (insert exes name here)?” “Why is she wearing that?!” “Slut,” and the list goes on and on.
People think they are entitled to say whatever they want to famous people while forgetting the most important thing about celebrities — they are people too.
Why Do People Harass Celebrities Online?
These are just a few reasons why people are so negative when it comes to the beautiful, rich, and famous.
I think people bully celebrities online for many different reasons, but one of the big ones right now is jealousy. People are having a tough time getting by because of COVID, housing crises, and economic loss, so when they see a rich person showing off their designer clothing or amazing home, they get angry.
They neglect the reasoning that these people probably never get a chance to enjoy that house because they are constantly working on location to be able to afford it. Celebrities give up a lot to entertain us, but jealousy turns to rage and all reason goes out the window.
Many people believe that celebrities belong to us. They think since we buy their records, watch their shows, and read their books, that they owe us something. They don't.
Their job is over when we finish watching that show or movie or reading that book. Like us, they work a job and they deserve time off but people think they should be “on” at all times, only existing to entertain us.
According to many internet trolls, rich people don’t have problems. After years of researching celebrities, I beg to differ.
Some examples of celebrities who have had major trauma(s) in their lives:
- Jeff Conway (Kenickie from Grease the movie): He was repeatedly molested as a teenager, only to realize in a drug-induced stupor that a camera was in the room. He was a part of many child porn productions. RIP Jeff, I hope you found peace in the afterlife.
- Corey Haim: A child star who was repeatedly raped within the industry and died as a result of addiction (RIP).
- Keanu Reeves, who lost his sister, his child, and his wife in a very short span of time.
- Oprah Winfrey: Oprah was sexually abused as a child by several relatives and became pregnant at the age of 14 from one of the rapes. She lost the baby due to a miscarriage when she was just a baby herself.
- Selma Blair, who suffers from multiple sclerosis and loses the ability to speak sporadically.
- Fran Drescher: Fran was held at gunpoint and raped by criminals in her own home in the 80s.
- Shania Twain: Shania’s parents died in a car accident when she was 22-years-old, leading to her looking after her entire family.
- Rose Mcgowan: Rose’s family was involved with the Children of God cult but luckily they left before the members began abusing Rose. She was also a victim of Harvey Weinstein.
These are just a few stories of the trauma that some celebrities have experienced in their lives. They are like us, they have many problems, and are just trying to get through life. They just happen to have more money and exposure than we do.
And as we have witnessed in the past, that money and attention can leave as quickly as it arrived.
This Is Online Bullying
The reality is, that if you call anyone names, shame them, or harass them on a social media platform — this is bullying. Regardless of why someone does it, it is the same as teenagers picking on a classmate at school.
The only difference is that one person has more money and a bigger following than their tormenter.
I believe the people who bully celebrities online do it because they are unhappy with their own lives. They emotionally disconnect themselves from these people because it makes it easier to bully them online if they don’t recognize them as humans with their own set of unique problems.
If you are an online tormenter of celebrities, you need to realize that you are being a bully. Just because these people seem untouchable to you, it doesn't mean that your negative comments don’t make them feel inadequate.
At the very least, you should recognize that karma is a “thing,” and these words may come back to bite you in the ass.
Amy Cottreau-Moore is a freelance writer who hails from a small city in Canada. She enjoys interacting with fellow writers, dreaming of ideas for her next article, and researching a myriad of topics.