CSC #11 Celebrity

The CSC recognizes the shallowness of celebrity.

Brittany Spears is grabbing the spotlight again¢â‚¬¦
After making a quick walk-on appearance on David Letterman
she text messaged the news to her bad-boy husband Kevin Federline
that she was filing for divorce¢â‚¬¦

Just hours later was seen holding hands with Larry Rudolph
while ice skating at Rockefeller center¢â‚¬¦
24 years old, with two children, this is Britney Spears second divorce¢â‚¬¦

The fact that we even know all this
bears witness to the power of celebrity in American life..

Movie critic Richard Schickel observes
“Celebrity is possibly the most vital shaping force in our society.”

Sadly we’ve devolved into a culture
Where people are known for being known
Instead of for their accomplishments.
Two words prove my point¢â‚¬¦
Paris Hilton.

Commenting on this sad state of affairs Daniel Boorstein observes:
“Shakespeare divided great men into three classes;
those born great,
those who achieved greatness,
and those who had greatness thrust upon them.
It never occurred to him to mention
those who hired public relations experts
and press secretaries to make themselves look great.”

This would be amusing
Were it not for the fact that so many Americans
Turn to celebrities for advice on how to live their lives¢â‚¬¦

As one young woman said,
“Those of us who are fans,
we use these celebrity lives in ways that transform our own.
I sometimes think that these are our gods and goddesses,
these are our icons,
and their stories become kind of parables
for how to lead our lives.”

Vanity Fair once reported,
“Oprah Winfrey arguably
has more influence on the culture than any university president,
politician or religious leader except the Pope,”17

and Christianity Today lamented,
“To her audience of more than 22 million mostly female viewers,
[Oprah] has become a post-modern priestess
an icon of church-free spirituality.”

The CSC resists getting caught up in the celebrity craze
And helps their children resist celebrity too¢â‚¬¦

We ask the probing questions:
What are the implications
of allowing our lives to be influenced by people whom we do not know ,
will never meet and whose beliefs and values are often antithetical to our own? What need in our lives are we trying to fill
through spending even a nanosecond of time on celebrity culture,
with its who-wears-what, who-cheats-on-whom gossip?

What are the implications
of knowing more about what’s going on
in the personal lives of celebrities
than we do about our neighbors,
coworkers, or, worse yet,
our own family members?

In short—
The CSC resists the superficiality of the virtual celebrity culture
And celebrates real people we know and respect
Who are making a difference in our world¢â‚¬¦

My wife is my hero for her sacrificial service to everyday people¢â‚¬¦
My kids are my heroes for working hard to develop their potential¢â‚¬¦
The down-syndrome kid down the street is my hero
For getting up every day and walking to his job at the local grocery store¢â‚¬¦

With so many local heroes who are actually doing something with their lives
Why should I spend my time knowing about people who are known for being known?

When I hear the news about Britney and Kevin.. I pray for them and their children…and then get back to celebrating the heroes in my everyday world.

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