How celebrities take their power to inconsiderate extremes
by Marisa Lopez (Entertainment Editor) – 2/13/16
There is no doubt that today’s society of young adults and children are heavily influenced by social media and what’s going on with all of our local celebrities. And sometimes that can be a really cool and great thing when these starlets use their platforms as spotlights for good deeds and causes that benefit their fans and the community, but when they come online to spew ignorant nonsense that they think is accurate knowledge rather than an invalid opinion, that is where the line needs to be drawn.
Rapper and singer B.o.B baffled us all when he tried to profusely argue that he had logical evidence to prove that planet Earth is indeed flat. You didn’t misread that. The Atlanta-born star tweeted about this groundbreaking phenomenon on January 24, “The cities in the background are approx. 16 miles apart… where is the curve ? please explain this” with an attached photo of himself a top of hill with the city of Los Angeles in the background. After this, he continues to tweet a magnitude of photos that absolutely prove that the prove the Earth is flat, such as a long road and photos from high above. Now, the thing that makes this profoundly ridiculous is the fact that he is willing to ignore actual scientific facts for a theory of his own. And what’s even worse is that people are agreeing! To be specific, his fans. Beloved B.o.B fans will go through great lengths to back up their precious, but is that worth the cost of intelligence?
Another example of this celebrity atrocity is the one on Jenny McCarthy versus vaccines. She tried to prove that the medicine is actually doing the opposite of their intentions when her son was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2. In an interview with Frontline, she says, “The first time I heard about the vaccine and autism connection was a month before Evan received his MMR shot. And I walked into my pediatrician’s office during the MMR time and said: ‘I don’t want Evan to have this shot. I’m really scared. It was in Time magazine. Parents are really concerned that this is the autism shot.’” First of all, how is a vaccine strong enough to alter the mechanics of our mind and logic? Second of all, according to the online blog SALON, “Earlier this year, the Journal of American Medicine found ‘no harmful association between MMR vaccine receipt and ASD [autism spectrum disorder] even among children already at higher risk for ASD.’ The American Academy of Pediatrics affirms ‘There is no definite, scientific proof that any vaccine or combination of vaccines can cause autism.’” So, Jenny McCarthy, please keep hosting your reality TV series and stop trying to fight the against scientific factoids.
Celebrity lifestyles weren’t always this highlighted. We didn’t always want to do certain things because our favorite celebrities were doing and we didn’t always believe everything they said just because they were our favorites. Now I can’t say the same. Some people are just so blinded and corrupted by their star power that they don’t care about looking ignorant or being rude to anyone who disagreed. As long as they’re supporting their favorite singer/actor/comedian/whatever, that’s all that matters.