Are Hollywood icons replacing religious icons?
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?
It seems to be that they are replacing religious icons. This is not really a good thing, as although some celebrities are good, charitable people, many are not. The ideas that are given by hollywood stars generally contradict the belief, values and moral of religous saints. We as people should be the ones to stand up and say no to wrong values and morals.
No, I've never seen anyone pray to a "Hollywood icon".
People look up to successful people in all walks of life. Sometimes it's because they hope to emulate their success. I imagine this is one of the reasons why "social media" is so popular.
Anyone can create a Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram account to generate their own followers. The Internet has made it that if you post anything online a simple Google search allows anyone around the world to find it. Lots of folks wish they were rich and famous. They admire those who are.
In other instances they relate to them on some level or find them extremely attractive and revere their talent.
Another factor to consider is each generation has their own stars and memories that were created during their youth.
Rarely are you going to find someone who has just as many Frank Sinatra albums as they have Michael Jackson albums. Generations usually revere the stars of (their) time. In the eyes of many folks Marilyn Monroe wearing a size 12 dress would be considered a "plus size".
Now some people argue that sizing was different in those days but even with that a size 8 by Hollywood standards is still rare for a major sex symbol. At any rate each generation has it's idols!
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?
I think religious icons are just as fallible and just as prone to providing a bad example. In fact, in the case of religious icons it's worse because there's an expectation that goes along with it. With celebrities you basically expect them to get into some form of debauchery, but for religious figures there's an expectation that they're somehow a prime example of what's "right".
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