Why Do People Stalk Celebrities?

Most people could care less about the personal lives of celebrities, but there are a few who are quite obsessed with the minutiae of celebrity births, photo shoot, date, engagement, wedding, and divorce. No wonder so many celebrities decide to keep their private life as private as possible because anything they say or do can be held up for scrutiny for years to come. Not only are the daily activities of celebrities often misinterpreted, but some of the more outlandish tabloid publications frequently go out of their way to stretch the truth to a far out whimsy. I remember in the 1980s reading one of those silly tabloid magazines that stating Boy George got married, but even as a seven-year-old I knew this magazine was just ridiculous. So why do people care about Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, and Jennifer Aniston so much? The magazines and tabloid shows would lead you to believe that Aniston has been a nervous wreck since she broke up with Brad Pitt in 2005, but are we really supposed to believe this? Give her a break and it may be surprising to find out maybe she is happier without Brad Pitt. Also, it seemed that Brad and Angelina are a better couple than Brad and Jennifer ever were, so what is the harm in that? However, now Brad and Angelina are now splitting, so I guess there goes the rumor mill again. Honestly I am just bored with hearing about all the speculation regarding the celebrity canoodling, so I have thought about some more exciting topics for them to cover.

Ants On My Counter

Today I had to wash down my counter because I found some ants. I wonder if the paparazzi would like to come over and film me scrubbing down my counter. I wonder if four years from now they will still be wondering if I was sad about the day I had to spend scrubbing the counter rather than taking a walk outside.

I Had To Pay My Utility Bills Today

Here is another exciting topic for all the tabloid publications: today I had to pay my utility bills. Did I mention I would rather keep the heater off to avoid high utility bills, but my sister insists on turning it on more often than I do? When it gets too hot I simply turn off the thermostat off, and tell her to cover up with blankets if she is cold.

My sister is not happy about this, but at least our gas bill is only about thirty-six dollars a month and our electricity bill is only about twenty-two dollars per month. If I were living alone my utility bills would often be lower, but the added bonus of having a roommate means I can split the rent.

Only problem is our water bill is calculated by how much everyone uses in our building, so that one is more tricky. Are the tabloids going to publish five years from now that I had to pay my water bill today? Probably not.

Maybe I Will Sell My Guitar

Several years ago I thought it would be fun to learn how to play the guitar, but I never got around to it. My guitar sits in a corner and I tried to give it to my nephew, but his grandma bought him one a couple of years ago. Lately I have been thinking about selling my guitar, but I know this would upset my mom because she bought it for me. Oh well, I suppose I cannot sell it after all, but I know the paparazzi will not care about this.

Mundane And Inane

So I have just discussed a few mundane and inane topics from my daily adventures, which should get the paparazzi and celebrity gossip seekers pondering. Why do we really care who Jennifer Aniston is married to? I really wish they would just give her a break and I actually like her, Brad, and Angelina. However, I would only want to watch them in movies and not read about them every day. Every time I open my email I receive celebrity gossip news in the headlines, which makes me wonder if anyone else gets tired of it.

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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

That's funny, SweetiePie. Your telling of the fascinating and entertaining activities of your daily life reminds me of a time when I was a young teenager and dreamed of becoming a rock and roll star. I imagined that photographers would be following me around, looking for any opportunity to get a peek at my private life. Maybe some famous film producer would even make a movie of my life. And then I cracked up, because there I was, with the most vivid daydream going through my head, while at the same time I was in my jammies, sitting on the sofa, and mindlessly stitching a hem on a full skirt. What an exciting picture that would have been! Thanks for the morning chuckle and for resurrecting an old memory.


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

That was fun, SweetiePie, the way you tell your daily stuff -- quite ironic and to the point :-) I'm with you, the interest I have in "celebrities" is pretty much restricted to their movies or concerts or the likes, maybe I do also like to see how they dressed up for the Oscars ... but I could not care less about the way they live their lives. Cool hub!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Sally's Trove,

When I was in high school I used to imagine my favorite teacher would see me walking home or reading a book, and just stop and think how cool that was. I once started trying to read The Firm, but it was pretty dull and I never really got past page forty. One time my history teacher and his wife were walking by, so I went outside to pretend to read the book in the yard when they came back down the street They told me they thought that was really nice I was reading it, but I just wanted my teacher to see me honestly. Maybe I sort of had a crush on him back then I think :). Daydreams are fun and I always appreciate these :).

Elena,

I like to see what celebrities wear also, but what I get annoyed with is the coverage of divorces that took place several years ago. I am glad you feel the same way as I do.


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Teresa McGurk 7 years ago from The Other Bangor

This just in! McGurk signs a check for the trash pick-up! "She can really sign with a wonderful flourish -- notice it's black ink!" "Black ink? I wonder what that could mean!" "It's a sure indication that she means business!" When we come back after these messages, I'll be talking to Sweetie Pie about her plans to wash dishes later today. . . .


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Teresa,

A great hub topic could be:

The meaning behind the color of ink we sign checks with. I am sure if would be fun and entertaining too. I am trying to do dishes as I go, so the paparazzi will not be able to film me today :(.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

I have the answer for your guitar dilemma - play it :)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Paraglider,

I tried, but honestly I would have to take lessons. Eventually I will try I suppose, but I rather my nephew would have just taken it :).


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Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

Actually some people could care less. I could not, because I don't care at all and can't understand why anyone does. I rarely go to movies and don't even know who the stars are. I don't watch Idol or the Bachelor and don't know who Dances with the Stars.

It's more interesting to know you have ants in your guitar and Teresa pays the trashman by check.

When I was out walking my dog this morning I saw two people. One of them was a teenager walking to the school bus stop. Another was the lady who runs the country store with one gas pump. She was scraping ice off the windshield of her truck so she could drive to work. I wonder if either of them are famous.


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Paraglider 7 years ago from Kyle, Scotland

{{ I wonder if either of them are famous.}}

They are now :)


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Cherish77 7 years ago

I wouldn't say I am obsessed, but I get a little excited if a celebrity has the same Birthday as me or my kids(faith and Zac Efron both have same Birthday,lol) or if the have kids the same age as mine. But that and having certain peoples pictures all over my computer or wall is as far as I go.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Rochelle,

I do not watch any of those shows either, although I am guilty of enjoying movies. Nevertheless, I could really care less about what celebrities are up to this moment. Glad you were able to make a couple of people famous today :).

Paraglider,

Yes they are famous now :).

Cherish77,

I know you are not obsessed with celebrities, do not worry. Even if people are that is there business, but what irks me is the amount of coverage given to celebrity divorces and other personal matters. I still think the paparazzi could do a better job of leaving celebrities alone.


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weblog 7 years ago from 1India

I don't like the paparazzi stuff, otherwise I read anything that is interesting about my favourite celebs. Especially, when their lives are inspirational and not misleading!!


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

My friend Cherish also enjoys reading about celebrities, so I understand that. I do not know if it is the same way in India, but what I find annoying here in the US how certain magazines are still speculating about couples that broke up years ago, when in reality I think those people are way past those relationships.


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

I don't watch TV at all, as weird as it may seem. I get news from the web and I don't care AT ALL about celebrities' lives. They are same people as we are, I mean, biologically. They just have some other jobs than we have. For me a celebrity is our local doctor who made a difference in the community.

SweetiePie, I envy your utility bills. I can just dream about these numbers.

Haha, I am your twin in a guitar story. It happened to me too, when I was 20, but I sold the guitar to my neighbor. btw, I don't have any ear for music, at all!


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LondonGirl 7 years ago from London

I'm with you, RV - I couldn't care less, either.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

ReuVera,

There are times I do not watch TV, but lately I have been watching movies again. Personally I do not care about celebrity divorces etc, but it seems the tabloids want younger people to care deeply. I should learn to play the guitar, but alas I would have take lessons.

LondonGirl,

It is good you and RV do not worry about celebrities :).


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ReuVera 7 years ago from USA

I agree with you, SweetiePie, attention towards celebrities is created atrificially by those who wish to draw money by brainwashing weak (young) personalities. And they tend to make them feel smaller too.

Right, LG, we'd better spend this time playing with our kids (who are real celebrities for us:-))


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

ReuVera,

Very beautiful sentiment because kids are the real celebrities of our lives.


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christine almaraz 7 years ago from colorado springs

Maybe people like watching celebrities crash and burn because it makes them feel like they can relate. And maybe they like watching them exit public bathrooms and airports because they can see them as real people. Who knows. If I saw Spongebob exit a porno shop on sunset blvd. I have to admit, I'd watch. Funny hub.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Hi Christine,

That is what sort of troubles me is how people like to see others in bad situations. It is certainly not uplifting, but I suppose to each his own.


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Laila Rajaratnam 7 years ago from India

LOL..SweetiePie..your chores sound more interesting..than Angelina and Brad fighting over Jennifer and the kids Brad takes to school or wherever...:)


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

That is the spirit Laila. Who wants to discuss celebrities when they can live their own wonderful lives :).


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Lena M. 7 years ago from Toronto

Personally, I think it just provides something for people to talk about. The subconscious thinking goes like this...'gossiping about people you actually know feels a little mean, but gossiping about celebrities? That's perfectly okay.'

I honestly couldn't care less about who Jennifer Aniston is dating right now, or if she's really over Brad Pitt, or whatever.


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SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA Author

Lena,

I suppose I can understand how gossiping about a celebrity is more depersonalized, but I still do not really enjoy it myself. Of course, if the gossip celebrity tabloids stop publishing such stories they would go out of business, but they rely on speculation and farce to stay in business. To me it is like discussing fiction, but it is popular and I guess I just go against the grain.

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