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Marilyn Monroe. Audrey Hepburn. Shah Rukh Khan. Celine Dion. They all have so much in common – they all discontinued trends, changed trends and built trends. Ever since the advent of movies, TV shows and songs, celebrity culture has only spread more and more. No one can deny that no one has influenced us more than actors, singers, reality stars and other celebrities.
From clothes to slang, brands to books, habits to culture (what up, Migos reference!), they mould so many aspects of our lives that sometimes, we don’t even realise it. Therefore, considering how celebrities shower this “influence” in our lives, I feel that this can be used very positively to raise awareness about global issues and topics of substance like domestic violence, climate change, feminism, peace and for standing up for what is right.
However, it is also important to realise that this power can easily be misused by some celebrities for spreading toxic content and breeding hatred amongst people for personal gain, publicity or out of personal views. When this translates to arrogance and hinders effective communication, it is imperative that we, as the audience, rationally decide what we should absorb and what we should not.
Moreover, I feel that we need
to accept that although actors play multiple roles on screen, in reality, their opinions on education, the economy, politics and social issues are as unprofessional as any of ours unless they have significantly contributed or worked in a certain field.
With Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, websites and other social media becoming more and more widespread, celebrities have more avenues to communicate to their fans at an increased frequency without the restriction of the earlier print and radio interviews. This influence has both a positive and a negative effect and it is up to us to decide how much we let this enter our lives.