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As the media continues to grow, our young adult celebrities are always under fire and are criticized by fans all over the world, the question is as fans are we causing the pressure? Every day now it is not uncommon to hear about some celeb teen that has gotten in trouble for partying too hard or just acting inappropriately in front of media, but haven’t we all at some age done the same thing just not in front of the world. Constantly, there are new stars that come into the spotlight, and grow up in front of the cameras. But as soon as the young celeb, begins to grow into a young adult and make decisions for him or herself the public begins to pick them apart for everything they do. The childhood and the lifestyles of a young adult celeb may not be the same compared to a young adult who did not grow up in front of the cameras. We all have had different experiences growing up whether it was influenced by money or fame. Every day now in entertainment news, it is all about how and what the young celebs are doing in their life’s and somehow this is very important too because we have to know every single little detail. Thanks to the increase in technology, we can keep up with our favorite celebs 24/7 and this has cause may problems. From a viewpoint of my mother, she thinks that because of social media everything had been blown up more than what it should be. She believes that the teens celebs are doing the same thing other celebs did around her time but because of social media, fans know everything about what that celeb is doing and this has caused the celebs to have no private life at all. My mother also believes that having a strong support system and a private life is what could help a lot of young adult celebrities today. To get a different viewpoint from a different age I asked my sister who is 16 and is around the same age as the young celebrities. Overall she also thinks the young adults are just doing the same thing that kids her age do, but because everyone is watching then the young celebrity gets judged. Not only is being in the spotlight a main cause in the different lifestyles compared to kids not in the spotlight, these young celebrities are also dealing with a large amount of money. Money can be a great plus whether you are a celebrity are not, it allows you to do much more and also to own much more. When asked is money plays a role my mother says “Yes, because they can do a lot of stuff that an average child cannot do”. Also my sister answered “Yes, the money gives them access to a lot of stuff or more accessibility that normal kids cannot get too.” It is not uncommon that you hear about young celebrities that have moved out of their parent’s house and is now living in their own decked out apartment or house. Or in other cause spend a lot of money on shopping sprees or lavishing vacations. But not to paint a bad picture, not all the money they keep to themselves, some help donate to charities and to help promote good causes.
Now when it comes to using the word “normal” you have to think what exactly counts as a normal childhood or life, because someone’s normal may not be your normal. In this topic normal is being referred to as not having a life or childhood in front of media or Hollywood. Another thing to consider is that not all young stars that grow up in Hollywood “turn out bad” or are claimed a bad to the media. There are some stars out there that have never cause a big scene or has kept there good girl/boy image. These stars are really capable of staying out of the eye of the media and from my mother and sister they would be considered to have a good family support system. But in the end what cause some stars to go crazy whose fault is it? Do we cause all the trouble because we want to see everything in the young celebs life, and then when it’s not what we like we turn our back and criticize them?
Many people would think that ones doing the criticizing are the adults criticizing, but in many cases it is the reverse as young adults around the world speaks their mind about their favorite celebs. Overall, no matter what the public may or may not do we are still hurting our youth in some way by blowing things out of proportion when stories break the news. Some people may say that we are not blowing things out of proportion because the young celeb needs to be punished because regular kids may not get away with the same things they do. Do we have high standards for those in the spotlight because we know that someone is looking up to them, or do we just not like them at all? If it was your child and you saw them constantly on the news who would you blame? From the interviews I conducted both people said they would not blame the media for the child’s behavior but let that child know that you cannot please everyone.
This topic brings up another problem are our young stars trying to please us or are they just acting for the cameras. You offered hear about kids’ stars that were so adorable when they were on sitcoms and movies, but when they come back it’s not always easy for them to jump back into the spotlight.
For example Amanda Bynes has been recently in the news after being gone for so long, that many people are shocked and confused about the things is she doing. Many people believe that she needs help and others believe that she is crying for attention. What causes these young celebs to go crazy and become patients at rehab camps? With there being no direct answer to the question, we can say that our youth in Hollywood is always under pressure and we may or may not be happy with their decisions but that is a part of life and growing up. We all make mistakes whether we admit it or not, but because the stars are in front of the cameras we would like them to be perfect 24/7, which can be hard to do.