Our society is full of it and by ‘it’ I mean double standards.If there was one job in this world that I would never like to attempt , that would without doubt be ‘paparazzi’.I dont understand how these people sleep in peace after creating havoc in people’s lives all through the day and especially during the nights(BTW when do they sleep!!!!).The trend is catching up in India as well but the situation in the West is scary.The motivation for writing this post is all the unnecessary criticism that is thrown at celebrity women – if I sound or write like a feminist I cant help it.
Britney Spears or Paris Hilton are not angels – I agree , but the constant scrutiny , judgments and abuse hurled at them doesnt make their lives any easier.At the recent VMA awards B.Spears was termed overweight(by her earlier standards)and instead of talking about her vocals in the song or the lyrics people were more interested in her waistline.She is a mother of two,is just out of a divorce and the last time I checked was out of rehab too but people just dont seem to get it.She or for that matter several celebrities do not have a personal life at all.Recently B.Spears was voted as the worst role model for young girls.If the media talks about how she worked hard to become a pop star and the sacrfices she made instead of highlight all the negative things associated with her it would do her and a lot of other people a world of good.A lot of young people are getting lured into the world of glamor and glitz and most of them end up being miserable before the age of 25.I think somebody has to knock sense into the minds of the photographers who harass the celebrities(especially women) asking them the most annoying questions and then are ever ready to sue them in a court.No wonder we hear so many cases when photographers have been hit and bad-mouthed.
I think the whole definition of power has to change.Journalism has to become more responsible and not restrict itself to just P3 gossip. Also we have to be discrete in our choices and stop reading/watching all this good for nothing gossip.The least we can do is sympathize with them.
PS : VMA – I adored Britney at one point of time and feel sorry for all thats happened to her.Justin won a lot (its become a routine now) of awards which just adds insult to the injury.