Celebrities are not my favorite breed of humans. Yes, this is me generalizing. I am aware of that. Of course, there are celebrities who are great people. Probably. I have no way of verifying that statement, but there are ‘the good’ and ‘the bad’ in every group. Or so we are told, anyway. The reason why I am not a fan of celebrities is because they are often put on a pedestal and worshiped as if they were gods. As a religious person, I refuse to recognize and/or hail any other “gods” than Him, but that is besides the point here. Celebrities are just like the rest of us – imperfect. And if they are like us, why should we look up to them more than we do to our family members, friends, or neighbors? Sure, they deserve some sort of credit for “making it,” but I often wonder how much of it was luck and how much was actual hard work. There are so many good, talented people around me that might make for better celebrities and role models and yet they live out their lives mostly unnoticed.
It feels a bit like a waste to see these ‘celebrities’ squander their chance on making a real difference in this world. (But what does a ‘real difference’ even mean? It is so subjective…) I go back and forth when it comes to the responsibilities of a famous person. Yes, they should use their status/ fame/ money to do good, but they should also have the freedom to do whatever they want and even fail. Like every one of us. Human. Remember?
Celebrities often complain about the amount of pressure they feel from their fans and the world around them.
Think about the pressure in your life right now.
How many people are influencing your decisions directly or indirectly?
How many opinions are you trying to satisfy with your actions?
Chances are you have family, friends, co-workers, etc.
Still, I hope the number is relatively low, because otherwise… I do not envy you. However, whoever you are, I feel that the number is more than one, which means that you are not the only one you consider when making decisions. Be it something simple like choosing what to have for dinner, or something a bit more complicated like in which direction to take your career.
Now, imagine that the number of people who “know” you is multiplied by… ten… thousand.
Naturally, with that many eyes on you, you might find it harder to make up your mind, even when picking an ice cream flavor. I am sure some of your Instagram followers will be appalled by either the flavor you select, the place you get it at, the way you eat it, etc. Not everyone is prepared for that kind of scrutiny and that is OK because we all have different levels of physical and emotional resilience. It is fair to say that we often do not know what to really expect until we are already submerged. However, there are various things we can, and SHOULD do, to prepare ourselves as soon as we approach the stormy sea.
The moment you meet a Prince (not Prince Charming; an actual Prince), you should be aware of the fact that you might have to live in a Kingdom and follow the rules within. Since not many of us will get the opportunity to live that fairytale, let me bring it down a bit. In the world of dating, meeting the parents of the person you are seeing is an important happening for a reason. You are worried, because you are not sure if your values and ideas will fit in with theirs. Different families have different quirks, which you might have to end up accepting and even employing in your future life. Is that something you are prepared to do? Couples break up over family issues all the time.
Has anyone ever heard of the dreaded mother-in-law?
Some people might have it easier than others to get along with their partner’s families, but there will always be the need for some kind of adjustments. It is a normal part of life whenever we live our home (literally and figuratively) and visit another’s.
Reasonable enough, right? Well, then, why is Meghan Markle acting so surprised? She got the Prince, got the status, money, and fame, and, once she found out that she was going to have to pay for it by giving up a bit of her personal freedom, she freaked out and fled, fracturing the Royal Family. She could not handle adhering to rules that would be imposed onto her by someone else. Yes, the tabloids might have been brutal towards her at times, but she did not become famous overnight. Press is something she should have gotten used to in her days as an actress. Did she think that by becoming a Princess she would be able to push that away? That would be quite a privilege, but I do not think she is that stupid to have believed that.
Now, after moving again (from Canada to the US), she is complaining again. The reason for it now? Not receiving the same benefits as the rest of the Royal Family, namely security. Are you serious? I can no longer hide my distaste for this woman. She is nothing but a spoiled brat. But, I do give her credit for going after what she wants. It has served her rather well so far. I do not think that either one of them thought it all through but I am glad to see they are giving the real world a go. Since the couple moved into their California home, the police had been called nine times to their residence for different reasons, but mainly alarm tripping. Meghan asked The Family to let them keep around-the-clock security. I wonder how a British citizen would feel about their taxes being used on personal protection detail for a family who, for all intents and purposes, denounced their British background.
Moreover, she is bitter about Archie not having a title. I understand that. No matter how hard I try, no one outside of my home wants to treat me as royalty. But then again, given the option, I probably would not turn down living in the British countryside surrounded by luxury.
Both Meghan and Harry admitted to being blindsided and shocked that now they have to pay for things themselves. How atrocious! Because of that, they are selling their lives and souls to the likes of Oprah and Netflix, which in turn, shines more spotlight onto them, which, supposedly, they are trying to avoid. That also gives more potential for negative perspectives to come to light. Sounds like a vicious cycle to me. Are they too blind to see it? Or too blinded by the shine?
Why is it that celebrities tell us how to live their lives (unafraid, unprotected, going around hugging everyone) and yet, when they are faced with the mundane issues (like security), all of a sudden, they need a whole army to protect them? It does not escape me that high-profile people might have more people trying to get to them but that does not mean that the average Joe deserves less protection.
These people are so far removed from real life that they should just stay in their own bubbles instead of preaching to us about things they have no idea about. Hypocrisy at its finest.
- Should Meghan and Harry get Royal security back?
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