by Rev. James Snyder, 27 Sep 2014
I believe many people put too high importance on certain people as if they were special. Everybody wants to be considered special, but then if everybody is special then nobody is special.
Whatever anybody else thinks, I am growing weary of celebrities. We have a terrible, incurable disease in our country called celebrititis. In my research, I have not found any cure for this. And believe me, I have searched.
Celebrities come in all sizes and shapes; sports, music, movies, TV, news reporters and even religious leaders have gotten into this game. In our culture today, nothing really happens unless some celebrity does it or says it.
Frankly, I am tired of all of that nonsense. I do not know one celebrity I would take anything from that resembled the truth. A celebrity cannot think on his or her own, but must always rely upon a script. We all know what happens when they go off script.
There is this phenomenon out in Hollywood called the red carpet. I am not sure exactly what the red carpet is except that it is a carpet in the color red, thus The Red Carpet. And yet, if one of these celebrities walks on this so-called red carpet, everybody wants to take a picture of them.
I cannot think of a celebrity anywhere, living or dead, that I would like a photo. Have you ever seen one of these celebrities without their makeup? You would not recognize him or her.
If I want a photograph these days, I want it to be of my family. In my book, my family is all the celebrity I need. If I want to sit down and go through some pictures, I want it to be of my family, people that I know and love. I do not want it to be some made-up picture that has been photoshoped by some expert. Anybody who has a photograph taken of them and then has somebody touch it up and make it look better is a hypocrite. That is not the way they really look.
Is there a celebrity anywhere that wants anybody to see them as they really look?
Celebrities are just people and we need to start treating them like the people they are.
A person is not important because they make a certain amount of money. A person is not important because everybody recognizes them.
Newscasters today have become celebrities in their own right or left depending on their political position. Somehow, they have tricked us into thinking because they are celebrities and they look like $1 million, that what they have to say is something I want to hear.
When I was young, I watched the Three Stooges. They could make stupid things funny. Now when they were making these stupid movies they were doing so on purpose. I laughed at them because what they did had an agenda to make me laugh. Nobody ever took what they did seriously.
Now we have the Three-Stooges-syndrome in our newsrooms today. I often wonder if they know how ridiculous they look and sound when they are touting their opinion about something going on in the world? Actually, when you think of it, they would make the Three Stooges envious.
I think if our country is ever going to be saved, we are going to have to somehow get rid of all of the celebrities. I know it is going to be hard, I know we will have severe withdrawals, but it will serve us well in the end.
I am tired of celebrities and I want to see something real for a change.
Of course, we have on television now what is called reality shows. In reality, these reality shows have not an ounce of reality to them. The thing that is so significant to me is, many people think it is reality.
The only reality about these reality shows is the money these people are making pretending to be real. The money is real, but the moneymakers are about as false as my grandmother’s teeth.
I have come to the place where I do not believe anything I see on television. If it is on television, it has been tweaked so that somebody can make money. After all, the only purpose of television is to make some people rich, filthy rich. And the richer they are the filthier they are.
My premise is still the same; people are just people. When will everybody come to that conclusion? I think the sooner we come to that the more we will realize that nobody is better than anybody else. I do not have to take a second seat to some person starring in the movies. How can you say somebody is important when they have to memorize a script somebody else wrote and then they have to shoot it 17 times to get it right? That is a celebrity?
Where are the good honest hard-working people that made this country what it used to be?
The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage reminded me of something Jesus said. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done unto me” (Matthew 25:40).
It is comforting to know that people, after all, are just people and I count myself to be one of those “just people.”