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Unmasked: Celebrities' Hypocrisy During the Pandemic

Avery Hamilton

Posted on June 23, 2020 08:00

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Although many conversations are constantly taking place about protecting ourselves and our communities during COVID-19, it appears that some celebrities are not playing by the same rules. The question remains: why are we giving them this power?

It is no secret that today's society has a profound fascination with celebrities. We often find ourselves reading gossip columns or scrolling through the newest photos of a celebrity eating a sandwich in Los Angeles. Whether we like to admit it or not, it's clear that we look up to them in one way or another. We aspire to have a lifestyle that is full of attending events, having our photos taken and receiving endless free perks. In other words, there is a reason that we still watch the five-minute paparazzi clip of them walking around a strip mall even though we know that it won't enlighten or educate us in any way. 

Because we allow these celebrities to tell us where to shop, what to eat and what to think, they ultimately take on the dangerous role of acting as leaders in the lives of many. This is dangerous in the sense that behind all the fame and fortune, these are regular people that often make mistakes and in no way should embody a role model to millions of people. 

When COVID-19 hit and the world was left in shambles, the role of celebrities became all too real. With self-isolation and stay-at-home orders in place, checking in on some of our favorite celebrities was one of the only escapes from the devastation that surrounded us all. Looking up to our favorite "role models" in this time of need is one of the only things that provided even the most minute sense of normalcy for many. 

However, even in the early stages of the pandemic, media outlets continually surfaced news of celebrities flying on planes or partying with their friends. Despite the shelter-in-place order, Madonna reportedly took an international flight to attend a birthday party and Kylie Jenner was seen going to a nightclub. Actress Evangeline Lilly told her Instagram followers that she would not be social distancing and equated the virus with a simple respiratory flu. Rapper Iggy Azalea even had a nail technician come to her house and proceeded to tweet about her manicure along with posting a photo. 

Although there are also celebrities who promote social distancing and donating to relief efforts, it doesn't go unnoticed that some of the people that we refer to as our "idols" are blatantly disregarding protection efforts solely for the purpose of maintaining their lifestyle. The problem ultimately isn't in being regarded as a celebrity, it's the power that we give them and the influence that we let them have over us and our choices.

Thankfully, many people are quick to reprimand celebrities for their irresponsibility, but our worship culture remains dangerous when making personal decisions regarding our safety. Just because Kylie Jenner went to a friend's house and Evangeline Lilly doesn't believe in the virus doesn't mean that it's okay to jeopardize our health and the health of our families; we're still beholden to our communities and the world as a whole.

Avery Hamilton

Posted on June 23, 2020 08:00

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Source: BET.com

Another Black celebrity lynched by social media.

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