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.