My post this week deals with the idolization of celebrities. I chose to look at the overzealous fan base of Beliebers to drive home my points. If you don’t know, a Belieber is a fan of the pop singer Justin Bieber. They are usually girls in middle school with too much access to the internet and not enough parental guidance. Just by looking at social networking sites like Twitter or Tumblr you can see just how excited these fans get over their idol.
An example of this is the incident that occurred this past week. A fake twitter started claiming that Justin Bieber had been diagnosed with cancer and that his fans were shaving their heads to show their support. Now, if I were a Belieber I would do some fact checking before pulling out the scissors. Evidently, some girls didn’t have the same idea because they are now bald and discouraged. Here’s the shocker: Justin Bieber does not have cancer and there was no movement to shave heads to rally support for the singer. At first the incident seems funny that some of his fans were dumb enough to actually shave their heads for their favorite singer. A closer look reveals a trend in our youth culture where they idolize a favorite celebrity to the point of potential harm.
It seems that these superfans forget that Justin Bieber is no more than a person, and not a god to idolize. I think it’s time to examine why we allow the youth of today to become so wrapped up in a person to the point that they would drastically alter their physical appearance in order to somehow please the person. We put these celebrities on a pedestal and then are shocked when the consequences include the idolization of these figures. Celebrities are paraded in the media, seen as glamorous and untouchable. Is it the fault of today’s youth that they worship these people or ours?