It is one thing to idolise specific celebrities or highly influential personalities in life but it is another to base your whole life existence on their every move and make their life your own. There is nothing wrong with looking up to someone but use this as a foundation, in order for you to grow into who you are and what you mean in society.
For years we have been put in specific class analysis, meaning once you decide to create your life depending on what your occupation is, class is automatically assigned to you. Let's put this into perspective shall we? Let's just say I was Marilyn Monroe, can you imagine Hubba Hubba...Well if I was, I would automatically fall under the class of the rich and famous, not to mention one of the most influential women in the world. Remember though she also had class, as did Sophia Loren and not to forget my Audrey Hepburn. I'm saying back in the 50s and 60s these beauties knew how to be real, showed us how it was done and helped us along the way as a guide to finding our true identities and who we really were. What type of woman are you? Who do you want to be? What inspires you in life? These ladies were the start of a revolution that would change the way a woman would be looked at once and for all. It was they who brought strong, independent and beautiful a new meaning, and they who made us believe we could do anything with our lives, but it wasn't they who wanted us to copy their every move or imitate their very existence because of who they were.
These ladies represented not only what women could do but who they were. Marilyn Monroe was one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s to early 1960s and was emblematic of the era's changing attitudes towards sexuality. She showed the world how sexuality played such an important part not only in the film space but also in the professional. Women who were superfeminine back in those days were looked at as sex symbols, not smart or intelligent. Similarly, Jonathan Rosenbaum stated in the Chicago Reader that "she subtly subverted the sexist content of her material" and that "the difficulty some people have discerning Monroe's intelligence as an actress seems rooted in the ideology of a repressive era, when superfeminine women weren't supposed to be smart". There were also pre conceived ideas that Marilyn Monroe was a feminist. She was apparently well above and beyond the idea that women were only good to look at. This led me to contact Mr Rosenbaum and ask about this topic further as it interested me because we as a society have changed our attitude towards women leading the way regarding equality and rights within the workplace. Jonathan tells me "Even though I believe that Marilyn Monroe in the 50s might have qualified as a "prefeminist", I tend to doubt that her audience, myself included, would or could have been aware of this aspect of her at the time". I then ask why he believes this in which he replied, "The American 50s was a prefeminist period, and Marilyn was ahead of the curve, so it took most of us several decades to figure that out about her".
I also asked Jonathan about what his thoughts were about social media making a difference to the millennial generation and if he thinks that they have been brain washed by these new individuals we call celebrities. Jonathan says, "this is a difficult question, but personally I don't find young people any more brainwashed today than my generation was in the 50s or 60s. Maybe some of them are brainwashed in a different way due to social media, but that's hard to measure. My own contacts with millennials are limited to some of my readers and students, and most of these seem more sophisticated to me than I was at their age". I also asked him why he thought this and he added "I'm limited, of course, to the millennials I'm acquainted with, which are almost always cinephiles. Cinephiles today, thanks to digital formats and the internet, can know far more about cinema than I could have possibly known at their age, even though I was living in New York, Paris and London during my 20s and 30s. I realise that most other millennials know nothing about film history, but they're usually not the ones I meet. I also think that younger people, at least the ones I know, are far more sophisticated about gender issues and politics than I tended to be". Times have changed, our celebrities are not celebrities anymore but a mere reflection upon advertising products and marketing billion dollar sales. The past revolution has gone and our young millennials have been drawn in to be sucked up by the nonsense garbage that social media and publicity wants them to believe and follow. They have no one to follow but plastic fantastic celebrities and reality shows which really are staged and full of a lot of bull. They are hugely manipulated by these so called celebrities that they even start trying to look like them. Real is beautiful, loving you is amazing and being you, well that's a phenomenon now.
Have you ever asked yourself this... if these people didn't exist or if social media hadn't come into affect, who would you want to be and what would you do with your time? It seems that's all everyone does these days, social media is a great platform don't get me wrong but it's taken away the most important thing to man HUMAN INTERACTION....We have become so anti-social that we have forgotten how to hold a conversation with a real person and therefore have lost our confidence, freedom and hence have become socially awkward. Social media has changed the world as many professionals said it would. A great way to connect they said. Business sales orientated and enhanced marketing advantages they said. Public recognition and huge change in the way we make money they said. What wasn't said.... human interaction gone, faces glued to screens and the constant need to feel wanted in the public eye that's what they didn't say!
Reference: Rosenbaum, Jonathan (December 1, 2005). "Marilyn Monroe's Brains". Chicago Reader. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
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