Have you seen those Lincoln commercials featuring Matthew McConaughey? Oh, you haven’t? Please do yourself a favor and check it out below.
Now that you’ve digested that delicious little morsel of cinematic pompousness, let’s reflect. McConaughey, best known for uttering “alright alright alright”, had an amazing year in 2014 with his starring role in Mud and his Oscar winning performance in Dallas Buyers Club. It’s safe to assume Matt might be a little too serious to flirt his way into Kate Hudson’s pants ever again but has he gone too serious?
It’s a car. Not a cure for cancer. Why so serious bro?
I think we have all taken celebrities way too seriously, we care too much about what they are and aren’t doing. Cosmo has an entire section dedicated to celebrities doing things. Celebrities eating, celebrities walking their dog, celebrities getting the mail. Why Cosmo? I don’t read your magazine because I care about what Jessica Biel had for breakfast on Tuesday. I read it for way more important things like “what shade of lipstick will make the hot delivery guy ask for my number?” Now that’s the good stuff.
I think the world has taken the celebrity thing a little bit too far. I love —er, like celebrities just as much as the next person but when celebrities think it’s okay to put out games that are a mirror image of their life, or books that contain 362 pages of their selfies, that’s when we have to ask, are we tired of the self-absorption? In case you’re wondering if I’m serious about that ridiculous selfie book, I am. Kim Kardashian is launching hers in April.
I used to think it was Kim Kardashian who was the butt of the joke because she’s the girl who made millions off a sex tape, but now I’m truly starting to believe we are the joke. We, the audience. The avid reality TV watcher. I mean we all took the time out to download Kim’s idiotic game that served no purpose but to build Kim as a “brand”. For obvious reasons, Kim idolizes Elizabeth Taylor and in some twisted world probably considers herself to be of the same caliber as Ms. Taylor, but she isn’t. Elizabeth Taylor was an accomplished film actress who broke boundaries for women in Hollywood all while keeping her bottom covered. Liz embodied all things graceful and classy, Kim posed naked on a magazine balancing a glass of champagne on her bottom. I respect the hustle, believe me I do, but when does hustle become vanity and when have we, as the audience decided that we have had enough?
After hearing Kanye West utter the words “beauty is important” I started to wonder: is beauty really that important? Apparently, it must be. From the millions of likes a selfie will get on Instagram, to the droves of girls thinking they’re models simply because they pose in their Calvin Klein underwear for Instagram. Beauty must really be the end all, be all.
Unfortunately, Kanye’s words kept repeating in my head over and over again like a scary movie broken record. Beauty is important, beauty is important. But so are a lot of other things. Like words for example, words are very important, from the things we say, to the things we hear to how we use them; words are important. And you, Kanye should consider your words next time. But why would he? When we hang on the edge of our seats in anticipation of more Kanye-isms.
It’s our fault though, all of us. We must all take responsibility for the behavior of these celebrities. In fact, they wouldn’t even be famous if it weren’t for all of us. So why do we do it? Why do we watch reality TV as if it will improve our state of being? Well Kim said it perfectly in her interview with ADWeek, of which she is on the cover for this month: “it’s a form of escapism.” The definition of escapism is the tendency to seek distraction and relief from unpleasant or banal realities, especially by seeking #entertainment or engaging in fantasy. So our lives bore us that much that we feel the need to lose hours of our time playing a game about Kim Kardashian’s life, instead of living our own? Here’s the thing about escapism, it’s only a fantasy and like all great fantasies, it eventually comes to an end and then what are we left with? The same lives we tried to escape from. Concentrate on making your life so worth living that you don’t want to escape.
I don’t want to make this an article about Kim and Kanye, because Lord knows they don’t need anymore press, but all celebrities kind of hold the same sense of entitlement as they do. Yes, even the respectable celebrities who operate out of this well of “we’re not celebrities, we are real artists” mentality. Take Patricia Arquette for example, excusing everything she said about women’s rights and the ridiculous call to action of other marginalized groups, why does she speak for anyone? I’m all for celebrities using their platforms for good, but when did they become the only voice we all succumb to. When did they become the people we quote? We give them too much power, and dare I say it, too much respect.
There are genuinely intelligent people, working hard for the environment, education, freedom and equality, but we worship the words spewed by someone whose greatest achievement was winning an award for pretending to be someone else on screen.