Being a celebrity in any part of the world comes with pockets of advantages and loads of disadvantages. In the West where the concept and practice of ‘Celebrityship’ is well understood, celebrities receive several freebies, huge attention and support for their works.
It is not always a beautiful day in the life of celebrity. Things get messy and harsh with several critics, fans and haters monitoring their every day doings solely to find faults and bash them for these flaws. This is the real life of a true celebrity and the true celebrities have accepted to live with this, finding reasonable ways around the various eagle eyes pointed at them all the time.
With our entertainment industries growing and mounting credibility, certain industry actors have been honoured with ‘celebrity status’. Whether they deserve this status or not is another piece to be considered next time.
The ‘celebrity status’ confirmed on these industry players have been fully accepted and this is evident in the fact that they glorify themselves with it and have even been enjoying the various benefits ‘freebies’ that come with ‘status’.
What is still worrying is that, unlike the West where celebrities face the pros and cons of the status they carry on their shoulders, our celebrities’ desire and only recognise the pros of the game.
Probably some intensive coaching needs to be done to enlighten our celebrities on the fact that the status they crave and sometimes vehemently seek has two sides-the negative and the positive.
As much as they want to walk on the red carpets, pose for the cameras, jump queues at public places and be given esteemed treatments, they should also be ready to swallow without water the various ruthless criticisms and attacks on their careers and sometimes even on their personalities as well as private lives.
The way and manner in which our celebrities carry themselves when hit with criticisms begs the question…Are Ghanaian ‘Stars’ Ready To Become Celebrities?