THIS IS WHAT WE WANT FOR SOMEONE WE ARE A “FAN” OF?
Yesterday, several people posted a video on twitter of a young woman and her friends going out for a concert. Big news, huh? A 22-year-old woman going out with her friends to a concert? Does that sound like it warrants a video on YouTube? It does when that 22-year-old is named Kristen Stewart. I’m not going to post the link for that video, because frankly, it made me ill. This video made me cry, and I’m a tough, older biker lady who doesn’t cry (much). When I do, 99% of the time it’s because of some injustice, cruelty, or bullying done to another human being, or an animal. So if you’re one of those who cry, I wouldn’t recommend watching it. This video happens to be of Kristen Stewart being attacked by the rabid hyenas also known as the paparazzi. However, this happens EVERY DAY to other A-list celebrities. Actually, that’s not entirely true – they stalk anyone who is a “public figure”. The A-list celebrities just bring a bigger paycheck, so it seems they stalk them more often. What I wonder, is WHY, if you’re a “fan” of these celebrities, would you want to watch something like this? To get a glimpse of your favorite star? Does the star look like he or she is enjoying this type of attention? Some of the celebrities DO like the attention – but those are few and far between.
How did Kristen Stewart ask these hyenas for all this attention? She went out with a group of friends to see another friend of hers perform at a concert. Seems like a normal thing to do, right? I know I have friends in bands, and I go out to see them often, and usually have a great time! When you go out to have fun, usually it involves lots of laughing, dancing, and mingling with other people also enjoying your friend’s music. However, because Kristen is a celebrity, a “public figure”, she spent her evening out huddled in a corner, not dancing, not mingling, but trying to remain as hidden as she could. But she did brave these hyenas, and all the intrusive fans, to support her friend Marcus Foster. That’s what friends do – support each other. But it seems Kristen not only has to fear the hyena pack of paparazzi, she also needs to hide away from a few persistent fans. Fans who wanted to intrude on her evening of “fun”, insistently trying to take pictures, begging to talk to her. Kristen Stewart loves her fans, but there is a big difference between asking for a quick picture and going away, and hounding her until she complies with your wishes, or lets you hang out with her and her friends. Doesn’t seem like much “fun”, does it? Does this young woman EVER get a day off?
To add insult to injury, the next day on twitter, “fans” posted these intrusive hyena photos, and even this video! A video that made me cry. AND asked people to retweet it! Do they not see how uncomfortable (and that is a gross understatement) Kristen is in these pictures? Do they enjoy seeing her like that? I understand that people want to see the person they’re a “fan” of. I do understand that. But at what price? I’d MUCH rather see her smiling and happy! Wouldn’t you? There are plenty of YouTube videos available, pictures available of events, countless other respectable places where you can see your “idol”. Watch their movies! Why support something that obviously puts the person you’re such a “fan” of in a seriously distressing situation, what could be a dangerous situation.
What I ask of each and every one of you are two things. First, the next time you are tempted to click on those pictures, or watch those videos, pictures and videos made by these hyenas, please stop yourself. Find a video or picture of them where they are happy! Pictures of them at events, or on talk shows, places they appeared for their job. Wouldn’t you also, like me, like to see your “idol” happy? And the second thing is, the next time you are tempted to click on a tabloid article screaming a luring headline, please stop yourself. All you will read in those “articles” are lies. Lies created to tempt fans to click on them. Those articles never have any proof, all they have are the unnamed “sources”, those elusive beings that claim to know such private, personal things about your “idol”. Seriously think about that. Do you honestly believe that any of your “idols” would tolerate anyone close to them running to the nearest tabloid to blab about any of their personal life? Would you tolerate someone like that in your life? Most likely not. As you probably know, it’s quite easy to find out who that person is in your group of friends. In a celebrity’s line of work, they have to use the services of hairdressers, stylists, chauffeurs, etc. Do you honestly think they would talk about their most private times in front of these people? People they don’t know well? Again, no. They didn’t achieve the success they have by being foolish.
So, if you are indeed a true fan of someone, please stop helping the tabloids pay the paparazzi! If everyone would stop reading the lies, the tabloids wouldn’t have any money to pay those hyenas. Since the hyenas are in that line of “work” (stalking is a job now?), would they take those pictures for free? No. Unfortunately, in that line of “work”, be it tabloid journalism, or the hyena paparazzi, this statement really is true: “It’s all about the benjamins”.
This is the first time, in my many years, that I have been a true fan. Sure, I’ve liked a few stars, but have never been a “fan” of anyone, until now. What I’ve seen, since becoming a fan, is truly disturbing. Not only the person I’m a fan of, but every celebrity in the movie business, is a target of these vermin. The tabloids and paparazzi are indeed, out of control, free to lie and torment whomever they wish – whomever will bring them the most money at the time, that is who they will target. If you would like to help stop this horrific treatment of our “idols”, do something. Stop reading those tabloids. Stop looking at those pictures and videos. If you’d like to learn more about this, please go to wertheplan.wordpress.com and see what you can do to help. Princess Diana was killed in 1997. That’s been 16 years ago, yet the tabloids and paparazzi are still running rampant. The laws aren’t helping – they aren’t enforced. So let’s hit them where it hurts them the most. Their bank accounts. Friday, March 8th, ThePlan is sponsoring a TabFreeFriday, encouraging everyone to not click on the tabloid websites. Let’s start with Friday – hopefully one day EVERY day will be tabloid free. Join #ThePlan. Help make a difference.