What’s Wrong With Society?!

As you may have found out by now, actor Phillip Seymour Hoffman died yesterday. His death has been regarded as tragic, as he was a very talented actor. He left behind his partner and three children.

I’ve got a bit of a newsflash for everyone: Phillip Seymour Hoffman was a fat white guy, and a heroin addict.

I know  this sounds harsh, but it’s true. I’m sad that he won’t be around to finish filming the Hunger Games movies, which I am hooked on. Still, I believe that there’s something wrong with our society and how we treat celebrities. We treat them like when they die, their lives somehow meant more for society than that of a police officer, or nurse, or schoolteacher. Why does acting turn you into some sort of god to be stalked and speculated and praised, then mourned when you die as if we all knew you personally? Why are the children of a dead singer more of a tragedy than the children of people who died in traffic accidents or from cancer? We act like their lives are our personal business. We follow them around and comment on their appearances, constantly speculating on the quality of their lives and trying to predict the next big scandal. We praise them like their gifts are more important than scientists and technology buffs and single moms. Like their lives mean more.

I, for one, think we need to re-evaluate our value system.


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The transition to adulthood; reflecting on the past to create a better future.

8 responses to “What’s Wrong With Society?!”

  1. ecrauch says :

    Reblogged this on ecrauch's Blog and commented:
    I tend to agree, your alright by me!

  2. lexborgia says :

    And we give them lifetime achievement awards instead of showering them with disgust, then arresting and sending them to prison for molesting their children.

  3. markvnathan says :

    For once, someone makes sense. With you on this one!

  4. Paul Davis says :

    There’s been a laundry list of horrible things celebs have done, and we do just brush it under the rug. They make poor life choices, but we’re to idolize them. “Remember kids, if you die an addict, the people will adore you forever.”

  5. pebs306 says :

    I completely agree with you on this one. My husband and I have talked about this before. It’s pathetic how our value system regards celebrities and entertainers at a higher value or esteem than everyday working citizens like our teachers, doctors, or soldiers. I, for one appreciate the arts and entertainment industry but I think we need to re-prioritize what’s truly important or who is truly making a difference in our lives.

  6. Mrs A says :

    Couldn’t have said it any better myself…

  7. rosa3379 says :

    He was a true waste of talent. Oh well. Just wondering when Bieber is next.

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