My awesome friend and I often have some strange conversations at work, and we challenged each other to write on a couple for our blogs. The first thing we wanted to write about is how people act around celebrities. You can read her take on it at her blog: thetalesofmywanderingmind.wordpress.com
Please picture in your mind that one famous person that you really want to meet (or, if you wish, those many people). Do you respect them? Are they someone whose opinions matter to you? Do you take into consideration their point of view on current world events and issues? Do you appreciate their work? Do you believe they have influence?
When it comes to our favoured celebrities, we tend to do all or most of these things. After all, we like them for a reason (the post about that reason is coming, soon). To us, they do great things. They are important, and we respect them. How do we show that respect? By yelling and stalking them.
Pause. For a moment please forget about the celebrity we were just discussing. It’s hard, I know, but it’s important, so do it. Think instead of someone you’re close to whom you love and respect. Maybe your grandparents or a close family friend. Make it someone you know well, who you would answer ‘yes’ to the second-paragraph questions about. Do you stalk them on the internet? Okay, maybe yes to that. Do you scream every time you see your grandparents? Do you stalk them in real life and take weird pictures every time you- never mind, that’s probably yes, too. Creepy pictures are everywhere.
That’s not the point. The point is, when we respect people, we take the time to listen to what they have to say and treat them like real people. Why, then, don’t we do that with celebrities that we respect? Because believe it or not, they are real people too. Yes, maybe they have talents we do not, but so do engineers and I’ve never heard of someone who fangirled over an engineer.
So this is what I wonder. Is it possible for us to meet a celebrity and have a conversation with them about any topic (maybe even the media they are involved in) without turning into the shrieking, clingy creature of death? I wonder sometimes if they would appreciate being treated like a normal person by someone who knows their work and cares about it. If I met a celebrity, I would like to shake their hand, maybe. If I met them at a convention, I would like to have a reasonable discussion about the character that they portray, or something else pertinent. If I met them in the way that you meet strangers who become your friend, or even those who don’t, I would like to talk about the world, or… other things that people talk about. Coffee? Food? Art? Books? The weather? Those things you talk about with people who aren’t famous.
Maybe it’s just me who prefers not to make a spectacle of myself. Maybe I’m the only one who isn’t immediately familiar to the point of weird pictures with strangers. But I challenge you, if you’re reading this and you meet famous people. Next time you do, don’t scream. Don’t attack them. Shake their hand, maybe. Talk about coffee. And may any pictures that involve groping never be posted to the internet. (Sidenote: for those of you who just went “groping? what? !!!!!!” *shock* , this is true. People take very weird and often inappropriate pictures with celebrities. Search a celebrity’s name on your social media of choice and take a look at their tag.)
Go on, be socially appropriate. Take ten minutes off. Give your vocal chords a rest, and treat a celebrity like a human being. I dare you.