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Why Deaths of Celebrities Are A Big Deal

Updated on February 16, 2012

With the recent death of Whitney Houston I have seen many people publicly memorializing her and also treating her death like a roast on Comedy Central. Some have been asking the question, "what is the big deal about celebrities dying?" while others silently pray for her family. I have seen countless posts asking this same question, and I think it's time we addressed it.

First and foremost...

Without the media it would take a long time to learn of anyone's death (unless you're a close relative). At the same time, we can all agree that "news" is based off what people want to know. So we can assume that when a celebrity dies the media believes the masses want to know every detail about it. Why you ask? Because we watch and read the stories they write. Think about it, if everyone turned the TV off when someone tragically dies, it wouldn't get much attention.


Entertainment is made to remove us from reality, even if it is for a short period. That's why we go to the movies. When we spend money buying an album we do it because we enjoy the artist. Let's go beyond finances. Take a look at your iTunes. How many times have you listened to your favorite artist? You do the math. Even though you've probably been multitasking you've spent countless hours of your life listening to that artists voice. You've used their songs to help you deal with emotional obstacles in your life and you've bought televisions seasons so you can watch your favorite TV shows once they've been cancelled or end. It may be true that you may not have purchased one of the 170 million albums that Whitney Houston sold, but someone did. So again, what is the big deal about celebrities dying? It's not about their drug problems. It's about the enjoyment that the celebrity brought to us. It's about the emotional support they supplied when we needed it.It's about how the actor or actress successfully removed us from our reality so we could relax. It's about the realization that they will never be in another film again.

Even though we may not enjoy the same music or films, we can agree that we do enjoy entertainment. We all grew up listening to someone and that's why it is a big deal when famous people die. They are not only people, they represent a part of our lives and have probably sacrificed parts of their own. I didn't ask for anyone to become a great musician or actor, but when famous people do pass on, I am once again reminded that I am thankful to those who have supplied me with the soundtrack of my life.


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      Richard J ONeill 

      6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      hmmmm an interesting take on the matter of Celebrities dying.

      Myself I never pay much attention to the media.

      However, I did enjoy this hub and I wish you would explore the topic further because there is potential for even more info here, possibly 1 or 2 more hubs.

      Thanks. Peace.

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      Alecia Murphy 

      6 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I agree that when celebrities die you go back and visit why you appreciated what they gave. It is so sad that Whitney Houston died so tragically but her voice and her gift live on and I hope we continue to reflect on that part of her life. Great hub!

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      Aunt Ju 

      6 years ago

      Hey girl -- once again you have amazed me. A great thought provoking article on the death of a celebrity. I sometimes think they do get too much publicity and feel that the media drives it into the ground. At the same time, I am often glued to my TV set watching what they are broadcasting. I think back to the Kennedy Assassination and remember not even wanting to go to bed for fear that I would miss something on TV about him or Jackie or the kids. I was very thankful they were broadcasting that for 3 or 4 days straight. So, I guess I'm guilty of promoting it while at the same time I am glad to watch and get all the information. I also like your point about how those in music have contributed to our lives. Great stuff!!


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