Why do celebrities have that special pulling power?
We’re all guilty of showing interest in the lives of other people; it might be peeking over the fence to look at your new neighbours, but more often than not these days, our nosiness is satisfied by the tabloids and the gossip rags, where we can keep up with every twist and turn in the latest celebrity relationships.
But why do we find celebrities’ lives so interesting? And what is it that makes us care so deeply about what Khloe Kardashian is wearing today, or whether the latest X Factor contestant has put on a few pounds recently?
A large part of what makes celebrities’ lives so interesting to us is that they simply are more interesting; celebrities do live lives that are quite different to those of the general population in a lot of ways – they take more holidays, spend more money and do jobs that are simply very out of the ordinary.
Someone who – like lots of us – works in an office between nine and five on weekdays, shops on the high street and lives in a three bedroom semi-detached house is pretty common; someone like Kylie Minogue, who sings and dances for a living, has several lavish homes and shops in designer boutiques is much rarer, and therefore more interesting.
There’s a little bit of all of us that wouldn’t mind making money from playing a sport, acting or singing – they’re considered ‘fun’ careers so of course they’re much more interesting to us!
We think we know them
It probably sounds more than a little odd, but the fact is that it’s true; we see so much news about certain celebrities and are so familiar with the intimate details of their lives that it does sort of feel like we know them. And because of that, we continue to seek out news about them and see what they’re up to, making them feel more familiar to us. It’s a vicious cycle!
Celebrities like Kim Kardashian, whose marriage, pregnancy and birth were enormous news all over the world, have become so pervasive in our culture that it’s difficult to take a step back and remember that we don’t know them, and we don’t know everything about them either.
Another good example is Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes; when Katie gave birth, speculation was rife that she had consumed her own placenta following the birth. As well as being based purely on conjecture, because of Katie and Tom’s membership of the Church of Scientology, it’s a very intimate detail that’s not really relevant to anyone but mum, dad and the baby.
Unfortunately, because we – and the media – feel we have a right to know everything, the family was put through a pretty stressful time during and after the birth.
Of course, there is one other factor at play: celebrities often (but not always) tend to be pretty attractive people, and if they aren’t naturally beautiful or handsome, they’ve slapped on makeup and gone under the knife to create the illusion. We’re attracted romantically and socially to attractive people – it’s a mark of having good genes – so it’s only natural that we’d be more interested in average in certain celebrities, and it’s all down to their looks.
Get up close and personal
It doesn’t take a genius to work out that these are the same things which make celebrities interesting as after-dinner speakers and for personal appearances. The opportunity to get up close and personal with someone famous is very appealing to a lot of people; if you’re after corporate entertainment ideas, you just found one.
One of the most popular types of celebrity speaker or guest is those telling their own story, and it’s a sure-fire draw for any event you’re trying to encourage attendance of, from a corporate awards ceremony to a retreat.
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