“Tell me who your friends are and I will tell you who you are.” There’s no denying that most of us have heard of this famous line–some believe it but some have doubts. Now, this can be related to who people idolize. I’ll tell you how.
Justin Bieber, One Direction, Miley Cyrus and many other young celebrities are being idolized by most teenagers out there. If asked why, they will probably tell you that it is because they are HOT or TALENTED or GORGEOUS. While others will say they are their INSPIRATION. No second thought, it is true. Celebrities have something to be idolized for may it be from physical attributes or their talents but fans have underlying reasons that not all may literally notice why they became fans in the first place.
For example, you are looking up to Miley Cyrus. The majority thinks that Cyrus has gone insane, trashy and stupid but for you, she is a woman with pure talent, confidence and beauty that every woman should have. You look up to that certain person not only because of the obvious reasons. It’s safe to say that you imagine yourself as your idol. Because your idol has talents, that person has become an outlet of who you want to be or what talents you want to have. Because your idol has confidence, that person has become an outlet of your inner confidence which you can’t show in your own personal life.
Coming from my personal experience, I’ve been looking up to this particular celebrity for almost ten years now. It started from an interest, then it developed to (kind of) obsession which led to this undying passionate support for the ones I idolize. I channel my inner personality through them and think that I could relate a lot to my idol. Not only this person is talented and achiever but also have become an inspiration of who and what kind of person I want to be.
Also, I’ve witnessed how fans behave relates to their idol’s behavior. If they see celebrities act bitchy and obnoxious, fans tend to behave the same. If they see celebrities being inspirational and respectful to people, fans tend to treat others just the same. That is why these so-called “Idols” influence fans in many ways and they are making a huge impact on our generation today.
I also wanted to point out that we shouldn’t underestimate these celebrities – whether a good influence or not – since they contribute a huge impact on our generation, especially those who look up to them.
You are who your idols are; I think no further explanations are needed to make people understand what the statement is trying to mean.