Fame: Is worth it?

Normal, everyday citizens often wonder what it’s like to be famous and how a person achieves fame. These questions can often be answered by media outlets.
Over the years, documentaries have been produced, magazine articles have been written, and celebrities have utilized social media as a way to tell their fans about their lives of fame and fortune. The real question is what happens to a person after they become famous?
As a person achieves fame, society watches them thrive. We also watch how people fade in and out of the spotlight due to decreased popularity of a particular movie, television show or song. We read stories about celebrities who have faced marital, money and drug problems that either caused them to lose the respect of society, future careers or tragically, die.
Jeannette Walls of MSNBC said, “While most Americans don’t have a media horde following them every time they set foot outside the house — and possibly even photographers crawling through the bushes when they’re home — celebrities’ privacy is being eclipsed by the same technologies that are eating away at everyone’s ability to be left alone: long-lens cameras, listening devices, pretexting, etc.”
Take Anna Nicole Smith, Michael Jackson, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, for example. Each of these people grew up in different eras as major symbols of their generations, and each lost their lives to depression, sickness, or some type of drug abuse.
According to the Las Vegas Sun, “People believe the way to run their lives or achieve their hopes is through getting famous and amassing great wealth.”
Unfortunately, though, fame does not always have a happy ending. The tragedy of Whitney Houston’s death has caused a lot of people to question the concept of fame and if it really is as grand as it seems.
Sierra Alley, a Peace College junior, said she feels that Houston played a major role in the music industry. Houston was found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room on February 11, 2012. The cause of her death has still not been determined. Many people have argued that the cause of death was a drug overdose, but only time will tell.
Celebrities are normal people, but extra attention can often get the best of them. Fame can often cause emotional tribulation due to media attention and criticism. It takes a strong support system of family, friends and faith to help celebrities get past difficult situations.
“I think fame is wonderful when it’s used in the right context, and by that I mean, fame can shape who you are and what you want to do with life, but fame can also hinder you as well,” said Alley.

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