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Turn off the TV and get your own life
Posted March 02, 2007

Galo Pesantes
Sports Editor

As a guy, I’m usually turned off by any mention of celebrity news and gossip going on in Hollywood. Until recently, when I heard from my younger sister that Britney Spears had checked in to rehab for the third time and had shaved her head.

My first question to her was, “Why would she shave her head?” I mean sure she had lost husband of two years, Kevin Federline, but that is hardly anything to get upset about.

After she was unsure of how to answer me, I began to worry about my sister and what others like her think of one of the most powerful pop stars of our time. I guess now you could probably categorize Spears as one of the dysfunctional celebrities of today.

I firmly believe that this problem is rampant in the entertainment industry. We hear about celebrities like Spears, Tara Reid, Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton that are not only tainting their own images but still influencing younger generations of women as well.

Personally I have no problem with these big stars making mockeries of themselves in the media. However when it reaches young girls like my sister and millions of others out there, I think it is our social responsibility to not pay so much attention to many of these spoiled and undeserving starlets.

The tabloids and other media outlets certainly are not going to stop reporting on the whereabouts of Paris Hilton or what club she is crashing lately. Nor is Lohan going to start wearing more clothing because some people consider it distasteful.

So if the stars are not going to stop their over the top behavior and the media is still going to break it as news, what can we do for it to stop affecting us?

There is not much to do, except to stop watching it or paying any attention to it. I know it is harder for women than it is for me; since many do consider Paris Hilton as one of their role models or Lohan as one of their favorite actresses.

I think there is a point that you have to be somewhat offended when you see or hear about Lohan’s fire crotch incident or Hilton’s best selling pornographic video. At some point enough is enough.

These beloved celebrities have blurred the line between what is appropriate and what is downright out of control. Because of course wearing the short skirt with heels and no underwear seemed like a great decision then. Was it really worth it in the end for all those who had to see it?

The problem will continue to be that people are attracted to this kind of news because it enriches their lives and their own conversations. But for the rest of us, who are little offended, a little aggravated and little insulted to what some of these female celebrities do now a days, do this:
Resist the temptation by not picking up the latest issue of anything that includes entertainment news, or tuning into your favorite entertainment show on TV or clicking on that link because it contains some juicy detail about Paris Hilton or even talking to someone about something you heard about Tara Reid from a friend.

It might or might not work for you. But in the end you have the choice whether you want to know the celebrity nonsense or not. As long as female celebrities continue to go wild people are going to want to know about it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better any time soon.

Galo Pesantes, a junior communications major, is sports editor of the Campus Times. He can be reached by e-mail at gpesantes@ulv.edu.