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Old 10-09-2018, 12:06 AM
 
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I never understood people's fascination and going all crazy over a singer, actor, athlete, or someone famous.



When I was a young adult, I worked at a casino that hosted a lot of celebrities and I treated them and talked to them like they are just ordinary people because the truth is, they are. As far as I was concerned, they were just another human being who happens to get paid a lot of money working.



I never understood the worshiping of celebrities and going all gaga over them. I never once felt the urge to scream at them, ask for an autograph, a picture with them, etc.



What makes a grown adult scream and cry like a little girl when they meet a celebrity? Who else is like me. Don't understand the hype of celebrities. If you are one of those people, what makes celebrity so special?
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:12 AM
 
Location: Honolulu, HI
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People like to live vicariously through others. They admire them, envy them, and aspire to be them.
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Old 10-09-2018, 11:24 AM
 
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I've never understood that either. The only exception being Dolly. I might go ga ga if I saw her walk by.
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Old 10-09-2018, 12:19 PM
 
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Because there's nothing wrong with admiring talent and having favorite performers. And as long as it's not obsessive or bothering anyone else (including the celebrity), what's the harm?

I can't say I scream an cry, but I do enjoy pop culture and celebrities. As a Broadway fan, I've done stage door after many a show and gotten the stars to autograph window cards (the show posters). I have a fairly impressive gallery wall of framed autographed cards featuring names like Kristen Chenoweth, Sean Hayes, Hugh Jackman, Audra McDonald, Katie Finneran, and a number of names that wouldn't mean much to people who aren't into Broadway. I have photos with Hugh and James Monroe Iglehart. I've attended tapings of TV shows and had my picture taken with celebrities. One of my favorites is a picture with Robin Roberts. I have great admiration for her, and she's on my TV nearly every morning, so I was thrilled to meet her.

It's something I enjoy. It's not your cup of tea, and there's nothing wrong with that. Just like there's nothing wrong with it being mine. I'm sure you have interests and hobbies that make no sense to me.
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Old 10-11-2018, 03:36 PM
 
Location: Kirkland, WA (Metro Seattle)
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I never understood people's fascination and going all crazy over a singer, actor, athlete, or someone famous.

What makes a grown adult scream and cry like a little girl when they meet a celebrity? Who else is like me. Don't understand the hype of celebrities. If you are one of those people, what makes celebrity so special?
Because most people, including adults, have such weak personalities and lives of miserable banality that they must live through others. Humans are infinitely malleable and can be easily (mis)lead by the strong. You may notice that such people seldom, if-ever, speak of original content they've created or things they've done to achieve in their own lives. It's all, "he said she said they said" for hours on end, if you let them go on.

I ran into this at (major gaming company), answering fan mail, many years ago as we prepped Halo II for XBox (I was a Website PM at the time, in Redmond WA). The vast bulk of "tribute sites" and "original art" were ripped off from our IP, and rebranded in some primitive or stupid way. Most in authority around me had nothing but contempt for such hangers-on, but I thought that was the wrong move: some commanded legions (bad pun) of followers, and I did everything I could to whip up the mystery and hype to sell more product by encouraging their ways.

The vast bulk of those people were truly pathetic, though, and eschewed by those who actually create original stuff. They tend to hate hangers-on and main-chancers, for good reason: colossal waste of time, as you find out real fast how needy some of them really are. That was my first foray inside the 'lines' of fame, as that game cartridge did $100M in business first few weeks on sale. Talk about a monster franchise...

I know a celebrity, who I guess is "D-List" these days, he's a business acquaintance vs. friend though. Another, I met through friend of a friend exactly once, which left quite an impression. You'd know the latter, not the former: he's still churning out films, playing the same male lead role after role which I suspect is pretty much what his personality is.

The former is actually a pretty regular guy. When we were hanging out, in South Africa of all places (he's (very) British, I'm (very) American, we were both on (very) German motorcycles: BMW 1200 GS), he was approached a couple times. It went just like you'd think:

(BB and CB, with a third British pal, having a smoke waiting for lunch group and lounging on bikes):

(proprietor of store, outside in back where we parked): "Hey, aren't you that guy, yeah that 'Roundabout guy. Obi Wan Kenobi, something like that??"

(CB, polite smile): "No, that's my pal Ewan. I'm the other guy, Charlie!"

(Proprietor, beaming): "Ah, and here you are in my store! Wait, let me get the wife and kids! (runs off).

(BB, to Charlie, as we waited for a kudu burger and chips and for proprietor to return): "Dude, you handle yourself well. It would drive me nuts. I think you have a sort of English gravitas, yet bon homie and sense of adventure to handle fame!"

(Charlie): "Eh, it's what I do! (shrugs, sort of aw-shucks). Then poses for selfie with proprietor, two kids, three dogs, and at least one wife.

Same thing happened on a street corner in Cape Town, couple girls grabbed a selfie w/them and Charlie. I wasn't in it, sadly (or maybe for the best?). If I spent more time with him in London, maybe some of that would rub off? Alas, it is not to be.

Nah: I don't fawn over the guy. We had some enjoyable 1:1 conversations about his family, mine, riding in-general, politics, some stuff he has going on to monetize his fame and make a living, etc. out in the back woods of SA and Namibia. He's truly a regular guy. I never played it up once nor did more than ride with him, let him bum a smoke or two, and provide fun companionship the last gig we were on with some others.

I've got enough to live for in my own life. Some celebrities are weird, they say, and no wonder with fans in your face and paparazzi lurking. Not all, though.
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Old 10-14-2018, 08:47 AM
 
Location: Maryland
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I have become completely infatuated (I guess that’s the word) with a Finnish symphonic metal band. It’s odd at this point in my life (70 years old) to feel like a groupie. I really like the music, I respect and admire the band members but that’s as far as it goes. I have listened to their interviews enough to know that we would not be compatible people on a day to day basis.

So, I agree, I have no idea where this rabid worship of certain people originates. They’re all just people and, as such, their views, opinions, values, are just the same as anyone else on the planet. The British, almost as a whole, seem that way with the royal family but I’m an outsider so perhaps I misjudge. At any rate, a curious phenomena.

I remember a brief quote that summed it up quite well, sorry I don’t remember the author so, disclaimer, these are not my words and I might be misquoting.

“They stopped living their lives because those on the big screen did it so much better,”
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:11 AM
 
Location: Texas Hill Country
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They say it is because the US does not have a Royal Family. So instead, we use celebrities.
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Old 10-17-2018, 05:44 PM
 
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I think alot of it is how much money some of these celebs make, especially when its the younger ones. I remember my ex GFs daughter, she was a tween at the time, but Avrail Lagine (spelling?) came and did an unscheduled concert in a big shopping mall here (kind of like Tiffany used to do in the 80s), she was so excited at getting the chance to see her up close. I remember the whole way to the mall, she was talking about how much money Avrail makes, and for her to be so young.

My ex wife used to work with George Clooney at McAlpins dept store in Crestview Hills, KY back in the 70s, they used to go to McDonalds for lunch all the time.
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Old 10-19-2018, 08:32 AM
 
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I don't know, it seems like a teenage characteristic somehow continued into adulthood. In NYC I'll see one or two a year when I'm out. The strongest sensation I have - if its not an immediately recognizable celebrity - is "oh I know that person" - then usually a bit of disappointment as I try to recall their name so we can talk but then I realize I just fake "know" them from TV or such - just entertainers.
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Old 10-24-2018, 03:48 AM
 
Location: Glasgow Scotland
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Out of everyone in the World Id love to meet Doris Day ...
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