Pressure or privilege?


Celebrities. Star athletes and coaches. Famous politicians. Authors. Film producers and directors. News anchors.

Whether we care or not, they are part of our lives. Part of our society.

And whether we admit it or not, they affect each and every one of us. Their words and actions filter into our daily discussions.

And whether we admit it or not, they are not invincible. They are not above the law. They are human beings. Just like us. Except they’re not just like us. And that’s why they’re famous. That’s why they’re google-able. That’s why they’re listed in Forbes.

That’s why they let us down. All the time.

Just when I think I found a star athlete, a person with their head on straight, they let me down.

But why do they let us down?

Is it because they are under pressure? Pressure we put on them.  Is it because they are too young and under pressure? Pressure no one their age should be put under. Is it because they are privileged? Privileged with titles we give them. Is it because they are privileged with titles no one that young should be given? Privileged with titles no one that young should have to manage. Is it pressure and privilege? Pressure or privilege?

We’ve all read too many celebrity’s names smeared across the headline newspapers. We’ve all seen too many wedding vows abandoned. We’ve all watched too many Disney stars rise and fall. We’ve all witnessed too many court-room scenes with crying celebrities hauled off to tax-payer funded cells. We’ve all talked about how they, our favorite athletes, actors, singers, reporters, politicians break our hearts and live up to our expectations. Our expectations that they will exceed our expectations. That maybe they’ll be the exception to the norm. That maybe they won’t end their career with DUI’s and meth labs.

More often than not, their bright and shining star fizzles out. And we move on to the next actor or athlete. We set ourselves up for disappointment after disappointment in hopes that maybe some day, some star will outshine them all and actually be a role-model we can respect. A star we can let children wish upon.

One minute we hear a glowing interview of how they are “grounded ” and how their parents wanted them to grow up “normal.” And the next day our Google or Yahoo home page tells us a different story.

Is it pressure or is it privilege? I don’t know. Do you know? Does anybody know?

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I ask. You answer.

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