Marilyn Monroe and James Dean plus recent early death stars are venerated by millions in a religious way. These dissolutes are now replacing religious saints of the past who were self sacrificing ethical people. Is this really a good thing?
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I agree. For some reason the most venerated pop icons are often the very worst examples of overindulgence and ego!
The essence of a religious icon is a "high ideal" but this absent with pop icons. The worse the lifestyle of a pop icon the longer their shelf life. Marilyn M died over sixty years ago and is bigger than ever.
Marilyn Monroe is venerated by millions around the world by young and old. Her example of immorality, ego and drug use is held up in a religious way
She's admired by millions just as Elvis, Michael Jackson, and John Lennon are. However no one "prays" to these people to look after them and their family. People separate their idol fame worship from their religious beliefs.
Praying to an idol is not the only category of religion. It is close to a cult and the word cult is often used in relation to this phenomena. The point is, is it good to worship dissolute addled movie/pop stars?