Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Of Godlike Celebrities & Internet Trolls

[As published on Emmagem.com HERE]
I don’t deny that I can’t live without my black eyeliner. In fact, that unassuming pencil has helped me gain so much confidence over the years, it’s practically an extension of my face (as how others see and know it). But there are times I wish I looked good enough to go out looking the way I do. I mean, how awesome is it to wake up and step out of the house looking like a million dollars? Like Angelababy (after plastic surgery of course), for examples.
But then again, that’s what the media wants us to think. That celebrities are godlike creatures that don’t have any worries or personal life. That these superstars actually look amazing 24/7 and never gain weight even though they eat like us. Truth is, we’re never going to be as good or as beautiful as these slender-bodied, clear-skinned media darlings.
Because they don’t exist.
What the media doesn’t tell us are the things these celebrities have to do just to look like ‘themselves’. Teeth whitening, corrective eye lasers, facial peels, waxing, hair colour touch-ups, excessive workouts, strict diets, the list goes on…. Because god forbid Kristen Stewart to show her blonde roots because she’s supposed to be a brunette, you know? (BTW Emma Stone’s also a natural blondie, but NO SHE CAN’T BE! BECAUSE WE KNOW HER AS A REDHEAD!)
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And when a celebrities shows some cellulite at the beach/flaunts her wrinkles at the Oscars, the Internet goes cray-cray with negative comments about how bad they look. We’re forgetting the point that celebrities are humans too.
We make snide remarks about Mischa Barton for having cellulite, but she’s in her late 20s and hasn’t had a job in a while. It feels horrible (trust me on that). It’s understandable if she thinks, “F*** it all. I’ve had enough and I just want a slice of cake to make me feel better.” On the other side of the coin, we take jabs at Lady Gaga for being too thin (after she was mercilessly called fat and pudgy half a year before that) when she performed at the VMAs.
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We laugh at Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus and go around telling our friends that we’d never be be caught dead in their shoes as they’re perfect embodiments of ultimate child star failures. Being forced to grow up quickly in the limelight isn’t easy; that’s the price that must be paid for international fame. But stop for a while and ask yourself: what were you doing with your life when you were 18? Or 14, for that matter?
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And with social media growing like a disease, nothing is sacred anymore. Suddenly a lot of anonymous people realize that they have a voice (albeit hidden behind a nonexistent persona). Out of nowhere, they become self-professed ‘experts’ about everything under the sun, and feel the need to impose their opinions all over social media platforms like Youtube and Instagram.
Share a video of your cat? 99% of the time, you’ll get this annoying comment from some know-it-all about how you shouldn’t scratch its ears that way because it will die (or something like that). Talk about your experience as a new mother? Other people feel obliged to forcibly share their child-raising tips with you on your blog, or rant at you for letting your child sit in such a way that will put their spine at risk. It goes on and on. Funny how some people can be instant experts just by looking at a photograph of a baby/pet.
Worse, some Internet trolls even use their real identities to make these cruel remarks openly where everyone can read them. You’d think they would have a certain telltale look (ie. nerdy glasses, shifty eyes, etc). But no, they look just like you and me. It could be the guy sitting across you in the train, or the girl who’s having a coffee at the table next to yours.
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It makes me angry and sad at the same time because society as we know it has changed. The media claims to encourage self-acceptance, but the masses don’t accept the fact that celebrities are supposed to age and make mistakes. The Internet is supposed to be a platform for sharing and bringing people closer to each other, but the trolls are taking advantage of others’ generosity and using it to feed their twisted desires.
This can only go on so much longer until someone (or something) snaps. And when we realize it, it may just be too late.
Don’t be quick to judge others. And a final parting thought: sometimes it’s better to keep your opinions to yourself.
(Images: examiner.com, eonline.com, laughingsquid.com, posh24.com, boomsbeat.com)

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