The Effects on Celebrities

In today’s society it is difficult to remain in a good mindset about physical image and the expectations of the public with all the recent pressure to be perfect. The average person will be frustrated because of the media; with the models getting skinnier, the products being less natural looking and perceptions that the entertainment world understands the definition of the word ‘perfect’.[1]  While growing up, we are constantly comparing ourselves to role models that are being forced into the spotlight. These role models are not only the furthest thing from themselves, but are participating in unhealthy activities and promoting ways that are harmful to their self and unrealistic. The television serious “Glee” was one of the most popular shows of this generation. Naya Rivera played a high school cheerleader who struggled with her sexuality but still was looked up to by many young females as beautiful and talented. Being in the spot light caused her to cracked under the pressure and was seen with many insecurities about her body and inner self. Because of all the struggles that she faced on the set and facing the pressure of being a popular role model, she was determined to reflect on her experiences by writing a book called, “Sorry Not Sorry: Dreams, Mistakes and Growing.” This book entails all the secrets that she was not allowed to share when she was under contract with the show. Being a child star, you have the burden of every one seeing and analyzing the senseless mistakes you make as you are in the process of becoming who you really want to be. She released that because of the ideal body image that was labelled as the only way to be beautiful and she was forced to get breast implants as soon as she turned 18. She was not only altering her body with plastic surgery, but while she was filming Glee she was anorexic, weighing in at only 98 pounds. Another devastating moment in Naya’s career was her abortion that took place during the taping of one of the seasons of Glee. During her contract with the show it said she could not be pregnant, so she realized that if she were to have the baby her career would have went down the drain and everything she worked for would have disappeared. “I think every woman should have the right to choose, and it scares me to think of a world where the decision of whether to have a child is not her choice to make.”[2] The effect that the entertainment world has on people is punishing.  It takes young, talented, dream worthy individuals and turns them into what the public wants to see. The Disney Corporation is known for creating fame. They know when teens and young children like to see and there are many events where the child stars later premieres what their youth actually consisted of, the audience is usually shocked. In Vulture Magazine’s article called “My Life as a Jonas Brother”, released, in detail, how Joe Jonas grew up in the spotlight and how Disney created his fame, yet altered who he wanted to be. The Jonas Brothers were a band of three brothers who released many reward winning albums, played hundreds of sold out shows and also did acting jobs with Disney creating the movie of “Camp Rock”. He stressed that with his career developing he didn’t know any better than to listen to what they were being told, and their overall goal was to make everyone happy in the end and to play the music they have always dreamed to play. As brothers, at ages 10 or 11 they decided they were going to wear promise rings that promoted that they would not have sex until marriage. However, as they grew up, Disney blew it out of proportion, scheduling interviews about the rings, when the brothers believe it is more of a personal manner. “I can write whatever I want,” these were the words that were spoken by an interviewer when the brothers decided not to comment on the rings. They were not only in the spotlight of interviewers wanting to know the detailed of a 15-year-olds- sex live, they were being captured by the paparazzi being sure they did not do anything wrong. “Screw all this, I’m just going to show people who I am,” became the mindset of the young stars because they could not take the forceful demands of the Disney Corporation. Sex, drugs, relationships, drinking and overall childish behaviour was frowned upon and they were ready for freedom. The Jonas Brothers ended up breaking up twice during their career, devastating millions of fans, yet developing as true artists by becoming solo acts and showing the world their true selves.[3] In a world where the entertainment industry is praised, it is severely hard to keep a good image within the process of making people happy. A close friend to Joe Jonas, as well as an ex-girlfriend, Demi Lovato is a prime example of how the entertainment industry affects people. An incredibly talented actress, singer and musician name Demi had to face the world at a very young age along with struggling with mental health issues. Bi-polar disorder, bulimia and anorexia went along with her drug addictions as she grew up as a child hood star underneath a contract with the Disney Corporation as well. Looked up to by millions, Lovato found herself focusing on the negative comments that were expressed. She ended up having a breakdown on the 2010 Camp Rock Tour, where she was travelling with the Jonas Brothers. While flying on a plane to the next tour destination, she punched one of her back up dancers in the face. After this moment, her friends and family understood the severity of her situation and encouraged her to go to rehab. After she was finished this process, she changed her mind on how she was going to handle being in the spotlight. She now speaks out about metal illness, and has saved fans lives with her book “Stay Strong”. Every tour stop she has a workshop with fans that are struggling with similar problems as she does. Self-harm is a thing of the past for Demi, and in the current spotlight she continues to produce amazing music where her fan base can relate to.[4] The entertainment industry is very forceful and demanding. With situations like Naya Rivera, Joe Jonas, and Demi Lovato it is seen that it is hard for childhood actors, actresses and singers to be in the spotlight and craving fame, yet being produced in a world where there is only one perception of being perfect.

[1] Women in the Entertainment Industry: Still a Struggle? (2016, May 20). Retrieved March 06, 2017, from http://www.smashurbanmedia.com/blog/entertainment/women-in-the-entertainment-industry-still-a-struggle/

[2] Thompson, E. (2017, February 02). The 13 Biggest Reveals From Naya Rivera’s New Book. Retrieved March 06, 2017, from http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/books/a64042/biggest-reveals-naya-rivera-book/

[3] Jonas, J. (2013, December 01). Joe Jonas: My Life As a Jonas Brother. Retrieved March 09, 2017, from http://www.vulture.com/2013/11/joe-jonas-talks-jonas-brothers.html

[4] D, Lovato, (November 19, 2013). Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year. Retrieved March 03, 2017.

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