Over the past few weeks, I have been losing more and more respect for celebrities or famous, public figures – whatever they choose to call themselves. For some reason, because they earn bagfuls of money and are adored by countless fans, they think that it is okay to behave any way they like and people should accept it.
I can’t believe how Rihanna clearly admitted that the reason she came to this year’s BET Awards was to promote her new video, the controversial Bitch Better Have My Money. She had no shame and behaved as if she was too good to be there, following a speech by Smokey Robinson about how being famous does not give you license to act like you’re better than anyone else.
Watching the way Deandre Jordan handled things with the Dallas Mavericks disgusted me, as a big man behaved like a disrespectful, immature child. Having money did not seem to make Deandre behave anymore grown up than anyone else.
There are a number of other celebrities that I have lost respect for over the weeks that aren’t coming to mind right now, but I do know that I have been far from impressed by their behaviour. And please do not get me started on the security who watch over these celebrities; their behaviour can be worse and it is totally unnecessary. The people love the person you’re protecting, not you, so there’s no need for the “power” to go to your head.
Don’t get me wrong, there are certain famous individuals that I love (basketball players in particular) and some that I actually do respect, but there is no way that I idolise any of them. No matter how much money they have or how many places in the world they get to see, they are humans just like you and me. Just as quickly as they got famous, they could lose it all like that, and there is nothing more tragic than watching a celebrity trying to cling to fame.
People are people and I wish that more individuals would understand that. It is not their money, title or the number of people following them that should gain your respect. It should be the person, their character and what they really do that makes you respect them. No one person is better than anyone else.