Margaret Thatcher once said, “It used to be about trying to do something. Now it’s about trying to be someone”. In our reality t.v. addicted society, this statement is truer than ever. So should talentless people have celebrity status over people with true talent? Well here’s my take.
Firstly a disclaimer, scientific studies have shown that even just discussing the topic of talentless celebrities will lower your intelligence quotient by around 10 percent, and I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that I’m going to tear pointless celebrities to shreds? But you’d be wrong.
In moderation and with a pinch of salt - watching talentless celebrities can be highly entertaining. Let’s take Love Island for example. Young men and women enter a villa for 12 weeks to supposedly find love, but let’s be serious, they’re not looking for love, they’re looking for fame and fortune. It’s like watching a primordial human documentary. At any moment I’m expecting a running commentary from David Attenborough!
But what I will say is “live by the sword, die by the sword”. If you’re willing to expose yourself in the pursuit of fame and fortune, you’ve got to be willing to take the hits. These young people know that followers are the new currency and a large devoted following can reap tremendous rewards. But In their pursuit for glory, talentless people are banking on their good looks and awesome personalities to win people over, but to do this, they also have to totally reveal themselves, including all of their flaws.
Richard Feynman once said, “We must be careful not to believe things simply because we want them to be true. No one can fool you as easily as you can fool yourself”. and that’s the problem, most of them think that they’ll be loved, but in reality, only a handful of people can truly relate with the audience.
In truth, I really couldn’t care less if talentless people want to become celebrities. I try to take the more stoic approach and say good luck to them. In terms of people with real talent, I’d suspect that many of them are too humble, down to earth and obsessed with their work to care too much about celebrity status.
As John Wooden once said, “Talent is God given, be humble. Fame is man-given, be grateful. Conceit is self-given, be careful”