Celebrities frequently rush into social issues like they’re some kind of glorious gift to humanity. Along the way, they do a lot of damage. Is it really so hard to do some research before embarking on something?
We often hear about the generosity of celebrities after their deaths and express awe — but we could have been doing the same thing.
Political speech is accepted and even expected from many celebrities, but not athletes. Where’s the disconnect?
Those who enjoy mocking people for grieving celebrities are small minded and mean spirited, but they’re also straight up wrong. There’s more than one kind of attachment to the dead.
Earlier this year, celebrity chef Nigella Lawson got into the news not with a new book or outstanding achievement, but because her husband viciously choked her in public during an argument. Unforgettably, several years ago, pop star Rihanna became front-page news because of an incident with her boyfriend, Chris Brown. Domestic violence happens in celebrity […]
In a society with very peculiar attitudes about death and grieving, navigating loss becomes even more complex when you lead a public life. For celebrities, death is accompanied not just with the tide of emotions and the tragic bureaucracy of wrapping the decedent’s affairs, but also with scrutiny from the outside world, all eyes on […]
The practice of placing celebrities on the boards of social service organisations and the committees organising around social causes is nothing new; before we even had the term ‘celebrity,’ public organisations were turning to prominent people in society to lend their faces, names, skills, reputations. Today, though it seems increasingly common to see celebrities as […]