American Idle

For my semi-motivational rant of the day…

Family Guy is the extent of my TV watching these days. I have never seen an episode of Dr. Who, Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, or any of those other popular shows I keep hearing about. Frankly, I have zero interest. When I was younger, I used to religiously watch certain shows, All My Children being one of them, but I stopped when I realized there was no point to watching TV. I get fidgety when I sit in front of a screen that isn’t attached to a computer.

I was surfing around on Tumblr today and saw lots of pictures of the actresses and actors at the Golden Globe Awards. All those flawless faces and beautiful dresses are quite aesthetically pleasing, but still… to this day, I don’t understand why the “stars” are held so high. I don’t understand American Idol and the quest for stardom. I’m sick of hearing about Taylor Swift and her millions of famous ex-boyfriends. The next time I hear about Kim Kardashian, I might have to scream. The only “celebrity” I really like is Catherine Middleton because she seems to have class, but you can never really tell for sure.

Reality shows and celebrity “idols” exist because humans are inquisitive. We want to know what goes on in the lives of others. That’s the entire reason Facebook and blogs and Twitter exist and are popular. We like to compare others’ lives to ours, and sometimes that’s to our detriment. Sure, we feel good about ourselves when we look at Honey Boo Boo and her family, but when young girls compare themselves to Taylor Swift, they may not feel like they’ll ever be “as good” as her.

Don’t be idle and idolize or compare yourself to others. Don’t wish you were like a reality show star, or a movie character, or an actress, or the Duchess of Cambridge, or someone you know on Facebook. You don’t know what their lives are really like behind the glitz, the glamour, and the positive tweets and blogs. Go out and be yourself and enjoy your own life.

7 thoughts on “American Idle

  1. I had a funny experience yesterday. I woke up and decided to find out who had won the Golden Globes the night before. I went to Google News and all I could find was articles about who wore what, and who made what jokes, and endless (really endless) dissections of Jodie Foster did or didn’t say or how she did or didn’t say it. I had to go to the New York Times website to even find out who had won which awards.

    Now, awards like that are trivial enough at best, but apparently these days that’s not trivial enough. Jodie Foster won a Lifetime Achievement Award, but I couldn’t find a single article today about what her actual lifetime artistic achievements were.

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    1. I don’t understand why they’re making such a big deal out of the Jodie Foster thing. She’s a good actress, but she didn’t save the world or anything.

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  2. Couldn’t have put it better myself. I have to admit I do like Taylor Swift’s music, but that’s her music and, frankly, I know barely anything about her personal life. 🙂

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