Hollywood is home to talented stars, not-so talented celebs, and scandalous ones. In a place where short marriages, drug-overdose, cat-fights, stalkers, paparazzi, and sex scandals abound, it is no wonder that the life of celebrities are just as talked about as their latest projects. And if you’re into reality and gossip shows, “just as talked about” doesn’t cut it, because it’s the personality and their scandalous acts that you are definitely more interested in.
Celebrity Misfortune Wallpaper by Rauch Dickson
Unfortunately, behind each sensational story is a real human being with real people surrounding them. What this means is that whether the stories about them that circulate are true or not, they have an effect of these people, and worse unwitting and unwilling loved ones (e.g. their kids). It wouldn’t be too bad if people weren’t so quick to judge and weren’t too vocal about their “informed” opinions, but then again we know how the misinformed are most eager to declare their beliefs and stand firm despite lack of evidence. Despite press releases from a celebrity’s camp and even decisions handed down by the court, rumors have a way of staying alive. Worse, the nastier a rumor is, the more it persists.
Let’s take Michael Jackson’s case as an example. Despite being acquitted on all counts in his molestation case, the rumors of his “sex crimes” still remain with one too many people still maintaining that he is guilty. Of course, there are also classic examples of scandals and accusations that were later on proven true in court like Mike Tysons rape charge, for which he was sentenced to 6 years in prison. And while he may have served only 3 years, his past continues to haunt him as incidents like the boycotting of Change.org of the “Law & Order: SVU” episode where he made an appearance serves as a reminder that people have not forgotten, nor really forgiven, what he has done.
Again, whatever the case may be and how much of it maybe untrue, the point is that celebs with their public lives as more vulnerable to rumors than ordinary people are. Those who really get what their celebrity status means may chafe at it, but then also know that it comes with the job description and tries to find a way to minimize the impact of their daily lives and family, whether it be by going to great lengths to protect their privacy or just learning to ignore all the negative talk. But there will also be those that will rail against it, unwilling to pay the price that comes with stardom. And of course, there are the attention-hungry ones who’ll welcome attention whether good or bad.
In the meantime, though consciences will be pricked from time to time, it’s safe to say that keeping track of the lives of celebrities will continue to be a guilty pleasure for many people.
Adam Schults is a professional blogger that discusses various legal topics. He writes for Musca Law, a leading law firm in Florida.