I have been talking to a friend about the affects of being in the public eye and I wasn’t going to pay much attention about all the made up information that people get to see or the very inappropriate questions these people get from reporters/ paparazzi and all that, but it keeps bugging me. So I figured why not write it all down. The first draft was full of emotion and mostly frustration towards the media. As I trying to be a person who always tries to look at the positive things in life and in every situation I chose to rewrite it somewhat.
Why is it so hard for media and paparazzi to leave artists alone? I chose not to use the word “famous” cause I don’t like it. These are all artists or athletes/ performers whose life have been turned upside down and sideways and for what? People make stuff up as they go about these incredible people (yes all these people are incredible and an inspiration to at least some), these people inspire/ help/ save peoples lives and this is their thanks? That’s just so incredibly silly to me. All those people are performing an art, they do what they love and maybe some of them want to have the attention, I don’t know, I haven’t asked them and I don’t know their lives, they want to show the world their craft and because they want to share it with the rest of the world and people know off them, know their name and maybe a couple of facts, they get all this negative attention thrown at them. For me that seems pretty unfair.
Look at this incredible insensitive clip where my first reaction was: WTF, what have they done to you to call him that!
I’m glad the boys from One Direction are mature enough to handle a question like that, but the reporter? Come on! Can’t you really find a nicer way to introduce your “story”?
People might say: “Yes but they chose to be this person”. I don’t agree with that. Yes they chose this craft, they chose this line of “work”, if you can call it that, because they love it. They (well I hope most of them and at least the people that inspire and have made me change) didn’t choose to be well known, they didn’t choose to be “famous”. They just wanted to share their stories with others and that’s incredible. That’s something we should be grateful for, cause without them there wouldn’t be any music, movies, TV shows, there wouldn’t be any new stories to tell, there wouldn’t be characters we can relate too, there wouldn’t be emotion we could drown in, there wouldn’t be heartbreak, laughter and all that. So WHY is it so much to ask to leave these people alone.
Interviews to ask about their projects? Yes I’d love to know their thoughts on it. Meetup with “fans”? Yes, cause it works both ways, they inspire us and they create from what they learn from us or they simply want to give back. All the rest? No, that shouldn’t matter. As much as I’d love to learn about them from them, like in interviews (I know they’re all media trained and know what not to say, I do think however they give show us who they are in some extent)
When I see videos created by fans, like the one above, about their inspiration with the difference between the media version and the “real” version I feel really sad there’s still so much “information” being spread that’s hurtful and probably not very true. The only people who know what happend are the people involved and if they choose not to share that with the rest of the world, that should be fine. For me it is. Do I say I know the people I admire or the people who inspire me? No you won’t hear me say that. I know I don’t know them, I know what they show me in their interviews and panels and behind the scenes, their concerts and their own created videos they post online. That’s where I get my information about them. I read it in fan encounters, which might be subjective too, I know, but I also know they’re probably more accurate than whatever “news” site who got their information second hand. I wish someday I could sit down with any or them to just talk about stuff, life, what’s going on, what’s on their minds, their tattoos, what’s life like on the road, or just sit and hang.
I also think it’s a shame so many reports about these people are negative. Why not throw around some positivity. If you’re gonna make up a story (and yes that’s a judgement) about them, why not create some amazing positive vibes. That’s what we all need in our lives. Laughter, fun, love, caring people, craziness, just random fun stuff, not breaking people down, judging them for the way you see them.
So spread love, any kind of love! Love is Love and it always wins!