Let’s just look at how one gets to be a ‘celebrity.’ You have a skill, talent or ability which is turned into product and marketed successfully to the world. Believe me, there are many, many more good singers, musicians, writers, footballers etc than there are prime jobs available. Those who get to be ‘celebrities’ are either a) lucky or b)have a single-minded determination to the exclusion of all else and/or c) have good connections.
We can all be creatively talented individuals, but we cannot ALL be celebrities. That’s the point. It’s a market driven phenomenon. While we can all have the talents/skills/abilities (given the right encouragement and opportunities) we cannot all become the ‘face’ of this or the ‘voice’ of that. Everyone cannot play in the premiere league. No matter how many good footballers there are. We cannot all be recognised for our talents/skills/abilities in a pyramid style system which says that those at the top ‘have it all’ and those at the bottom both pay for it all and work all their lives to keep other people at the top (sometimes spurred on by the misplaced belief that they themselves MIGHT just make it to the top one day). I repeat. We cannot ALL be celebrites. We cannot ALL be top dogs or fat cats.
This is not jealousy on my part. This is something that we, the people who BUY the ‘product’ these people have become (through consuming their ‘product’ and/or listening to their views) need to wake up to. The cult of celebrity is market driven. I feel sorry for anyone who has to make their living selling themselves or their talents/skills/ abilities to the level that they become ‘endorsable’ or ‘bankable’ in the public domain.
So this is a message for the many ordinary people who may feel, that ‘all the good lives have been taken’ when we go to the jobcentre of life. Guess what, if you don’t buy into the whole celebrity thing, if you don’t believe that somehow they are better, more valuable people than you, that their opinions or actions are worth more than yours, then you win. And that, for me, is what we may be waking up to in Scotland. That EVERYONE is valuable and has a contribution to make to society. That it’s not about how famous you are or how much money you have in the bank, it’s about what kind of person you are and what you do to promote social justice. But that’s for another day.