It’s easy for those of us in the general population to wish for celebrity status. After all, when we look at the perks, we see money, freedom, and nice cars. We see movie stars getting paid huge amounts for roles. We see rich girls and boys getting paid huge amounts for doing nothing more than partying and smiling for the cameras.
Though annoyed with most of these media mongers, some of us still have that little voice inside that wonders what it would be like to live their life. After careful consideration (and several hours watching VH1 News), I’ve come to the conclusion that they, in fact, should be envying us.
Even with the bills we can’t pay, our meager jobs, and our completely non-fabulous lives, we have a lot going for us that most celebrities don’t. Here are some prime examples of why we deserve a little celebrity envy.
1.We can say what we want – As members of the general population, we throw around words and opinions all the time to our family, friends, and co-workers. If we say something slightly off color, those around us either laugh or chastise. Either way, we laugh along or apologize and move on with our life. When a celebrity makes a “slur” of any sort, it’s not only plastered across the media, but whatever group it’s against goes on the attack, even if the comment was made without malice. Though I’m not one to want to offend people, it makes life easier when a slip up can be fixed with a simple “I’m sorry” rather than a press release.
2.We won’t lose our job if we gain ten pounds – Weight is not an easy struggle for anybody, and even when some of us gain ten pounds it can feel like the worst thing in the world. However, we still get to go to work, and beyond whoever we might complain to, very few people care about our weight issues. If only celebrities had it so good! The matter of a few pounds can lose them movie roles, music gigs, and modeling jobs. Plus, the world is going to know about it, and tabloids don’t tend to be nice when it comes to a pudgy celebrity. Our own self confidence takes a dip at our hidden extra weight. Imagine how it would feel to see it headlined on The Enquirer.
3.It’s okay if we’re not photogenic – I’m the first to admit that I do NOT take good pictures, nor am I usually overly concerned about it. But to be a celebrity and have a non-photogenic moment seems to one of the seven deadly sins of the media. If they go out without makeup, look rough from a night on the town, or have a mouthful of food, you can bet that one of the paparazzi’s finest is going to be there to capture the moment. We of the common population, however, have no such worries. Make-up and munchies be damned…if we don’t want to take a good picture, we don’t have to.
4.Our relationship status isn’t public knowledge – Breaking up is hard to do. When a relationship ends, most of us can hide out for awhile, get drunk a few times, cry a lot, and then move on. Not so much with celebrities. Not only are they still required to make public appearances after a break-up or divorce (smiling the whole time, of course), they’re also required to sit back while the media has a field day with their heartbreak. Sure, they end up moving on and usually dating someone else within a week. But even when they’re over the break up and relatively happy, the days of old will still be brought up time and again, making it hard to move forward when their past is hard to forget.
5.People love us for who we are – Because most of us aren’t rich or famous, there’s little chance of being used for our money or connections. Our friends don’t surround us because we have rich fathers or a nice car. They’re not hanging out with us because we’re “the people to be seen with” either. I’ve found that as unglamorous as my own life is, the one thing I know at least 99% of the time is that people like me for who I am, not for what I have or who I know. Heiresses who are made famous by their name can afford their lack of intelligence and still have an entourage of followers. I’m happy to say that it’s my personality that earns me friends.
It’s okay to wonder what you might do with the money and fame that the celebrities have in huge amounts. Remember though, that it comes at a price. Celebrities should envy us for being poor and unknown. Privacy and a genuine character seem to be the much better end of the bargain.