Originally Posted by jenniferd
Whether you like the paparazzi or not, there seem to be no shortage of people wanting to be famous.
If it were such a tough life, I doubt so many people would be wanting to live it.
It's interesting that you should say that, because the vast number of people in the spotlight don't do it for the fame. We forget, because these people have wealth and extravagance and fortune and fame, that they are first and foremost artists - musicians, dancers, actors - who worked ridiculously hard to get where they are. And their hard work came from their commitment to their ART, to their passion - not to fame and bright lights.
Having grown up as a dancer, lived with my brother (a musician) and being engaged to an actor, I can say that 99% of people who want to pursue their love of their art don't make it as far as the glitterati have. Britney has been doing this since she was a child - most famous artists have.
I'm not referring to morons like Paris Hilton who do nothing, and yet thirst for fame, and seek out attention. I'm talking about people who worked and worked to get where they are, and have to take the paparazzi and media attention to continue doing the work they love. They don't deserve it, but they understand it comes with the territory.
We seem to think we have a right to take from these people whatever we want, despite the fact that we see their films, listen to their music, and enjoy the other fruits of their labours. They work to entertain us and they get paid ridiculously well for it - but we seem to think that this allows us to delve into their personal lives, snoop into their homes and cars and holidays, chase them around, not give a toss about their privacy or their feelings or anything. They're rich, so they're fair game. Is that it? Well, I think it's disgusting.
The assumption that these people cruised into their ways of life for kicks and because they were desperate for fame is ill-informed and in the vast majority of cases, completely untrue. There's a quote that I love, which is `it takes a lot of years to become an overnight success'. And it's true. If Max makes it big in Hollywood I'll probably be on the front of a number of glossy magazines. Will I deserve to have my life delved into at every turn? Because Max spent 10 years slaving away and earning no money to have the opportunity to work at what he loves, what he lives for? No.
Britney Spears has worked hard for what she has, and now she's being torn apart by the hounds who are the paparazzi. She's had chances, she's had opportunities, she's had offers of help - and she's blown them all. She's a sad, desperate person who deserves our pity but not our attention. If we stop buying the magazines and watching E! News and gossiping about Britney and other celebrities (which I am guilty of too) and leave them alone for five seconds, they might be given an opportunity to heal, and in Britney's case, raise their children without constant scrutiny and criticism.