Hearts bleed more for celebs than tragedy

Bray People - - OPINION -

WHERE do we draw the line be­tween en­ter­tain­ment and let­ting celebrity cul­ture im­pact our lives?

This past week the world has been some­what hang­ing on every word of pop­star Bey­oncé over some lyrics on her new al­bum sug­gest­ing her hus­band had an af­fair.

It never ceases to amaze me, the in­flu­ence and sheer sell­ing power of en­ter­tain­ers such as this.

Do the pub­lic re­ally be­lieve that the likes of Bey­oncé would air her dirty laun­dry in such a pub­lic way un­less it was a care­fully con­structed mar­ket­ing cam­paign to make more money?

The woman who is no­to­ri­ously pri­vate sud­denly has a change of heart and de­cides to share her mar­riage woes with the world – co­in­ci­den­tally at the same time she drops a new al­bum. I think not.

The sheer mar­ket­ing of such is as­tound­ing in it­self as in­flu­ence is a very valu­able thing and loyal fans are will­ing to swal­low it up and spend a lot of money to do so.

Per­haps for many, this sort of hype is just a mere dis­trac­tion from their own trou­bles but there is no doubt that th­ese celebri­ties have the abil­ity to af­fect the lives of gullible and naive fans.

At the other end of the spec­trum we have the al­most ridicu­lous out­pour­ing of grief when a su­per­star dies.

I have heard such ridicu­lous ut­ter­ances that ‘2016 is the year that is tak­ing our celebri­ties’.

The no­tion it­self is just laugh­able as is the sug­ges­tion that a fa­mous per­son ‘ bat­tles cancer in se­cret’ sim­ply be­cause they didn’t is­sue a press re­lease about it.

I do un­der­stand that fans of artists such as Prince tend to look back on their own lives and re­mem­ber how mu­sic made them feel, or re­call a good ex­pe­ri­ence but let’s get real here – th­ese celebri­ties are not peo­ple we know or who are phys­i­cally part of our lives.

How can there be such a dis­pro­por­tion­ate level of per­sonal grief over the death of a fa­mous per­son and not a men­tion of real world­wide tragedies which are tak­ing place every sin­gle day.

Atroc­i­ties in Africa, Syria, gun crime, com­mu­ni­ties wiped out by tsunamis, poverty – the list is end­less.

And yet, more emo­tion and re­ac­tion is forth­com­ing when Bey­once pre­tends to slag off her hus­band. Is it re­ally 2016?

Bey­oncé in a video from her new al­bum.

with Deb­o­rah Cole­man straight talk­ing

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