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Hollywood is populated by hundreds of interesting people, and it is certainly a place where celebrities can be observed quite closely. While celebrity gossip has been part of the culture in Tinseltown, it certainly has a profound impact not only on the lives of tv/movie stars and musicians, but also the fans that watch and idolize these celebrities.
Celebrity Gossip – Bad or Good?
This is quite a relevant question seeing as celebrities do have personal lives that can be adversely affected by malicious gossip and/or heinous blatant lies. It is important to explore the impact of gossip on the personal lives of celebrities as well as their career as entertainers.
What Makes Gossip so Popular?
It is human nature to be interested in the lives of other people, especially when these people work in the entertainment industry and are paid to make ordinary people happy or otherwise enthralled. There are many reasons why gossip is so popular, not the least of which is the following:
Curiosity Over the Personal Lives of Celebrities – While many entertainers would claim that they are just like everyone else, the truth is that most of them live quite a charmed life, which usually makes people very curious and interested as to what goes on when the cameras are not around. Gossip is one way for normal people (fans and detractors) to make sense of what a celebrity’s life in reality is when they are not working on TV, movies, or the recording studio. Gossips (whether amateur or professional) are always on the lookout for tidbits of information about celebrities, what they do, how they live their lives, and whom they spend their time with.
Real-Life Drama is So Much More Entertaining – lt is no secret that people are never content just watching celebrities on the big/small screen. In truth, they want to know exactly what stars do during their downtime, especially if it involves them getting into trouble. Real-life drama involving celebrities is much more fascinating that what people see on the tune or the silvers screen for that matter, and they certainly what to let it be known to many. Gossip usually revolve around celebrities and their dating life, family, whether they are cheating on their spouse and with whom, and so forth.
How Does Gossip Affect Celebrities?
Many publicists would claim that any sort of media exposure is always good for celebrities. This statement does not always hold true, especially in the case of celebrities who had their families (and careers) compromised due to malicious gossip. Many Hollywood stars would attest to the fact that gossip can certainly ruin their otherwise wholesome image, especially when it involves accusations of infidelity, drug use, or any other morally questionable activities.
Break-ups and Divorces – One of the most common ill effects of gossip is the destruction of relationships between lovers and/or spouses. Most celebrity relationships and marriages stand in perpetually precarious ground due to gossip, whether it is true or not. Maintaining relationships these days are hard enough without being constantly challenged by salacious rumors. The average rate of divorce in the country is about 40 to 50%, but Hollywood is batting at about 80%, which is exceedingly alarming.
Fleeting Careers – Gossip can also derail a budding acting/singing career, which is rather unfortunate for some really talented entertainers. Production and casting companies usually prefer celebrities who are not surrounded by too much negative publicity, even if it is mostly made of unsubstantiated rumours. The most bankable stars are those that do not receive too much critical press so being the subject of Hollywood gossip is never good news.
Why and How Does Gossip Proliferate?
The fact that people live in the information age helps disseminate all types of gossip at warp speed. Incidentally, people have the natural tendency to tell as many other people as they can about juicy rumours about celebrities. With the aid of mobile technology, social networking, and the internet in general, anyone can post gossips and rumors about any celebrity.
What’s more is that there is no way to curtail let alone control the proliferation of gossip, especially on the internet. Celebrities are always at the mercy of those who seek to spread rumours about them, regardless of whether it can be substantiated or not.
Is Gossip Really that Bad?
In truth, gossip is perhaps the highest and purest form of entertainment because anyone can start one and not worry about the consequences. While it might be fun for people to gossip about celebrities, there are real and serious ramifications to indulging in this activity.
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