Celebrity v. Stardom v. Fame, duex

Hollywood is Americana

What is celebrity status? What is fame?

Knowing that the word celebrity is related to celebration, how then do we define what a celebrity is? Here are some simple questions to think about first: Does a celebrity have to be a person or a member of the human race? Are celebrities famous? Not all of course, although they may think otherwise. Yet, this does bring a completely different dimension to our expose. 
If so that would be the ‘fame’ side, therefore, we must make a distinction between being a celebrity and being a famous person. Moreover, does a celebrity or even a famous person need to possess honorable attributes?
Okay then…where we left off last night was in the notion that to have celebrity status one should have attained a degree of notoriety and should be looked upon with a favorable attitude or reputation in the community.
Okay…okay let’s say that celebrities have to be human and their ‘claim to status’ has to be a quality of being widely honored and acclaimed, or in other words, a person with a favorable public reputation. And on we go. Obviously what we are trying to establish is that celebrities are not people who enjoyed the accoutrements that go along with ‘celebrity-dom’ such as say, Charles Manson or Machine-gun Kelly who gained fame through murder and crime.
So at American Age, we ask, “if a person makes a sex tape that is widely viewed or even someone of ‘socialite’ status are these people celebrities just because they’re born with public names, or was nicknamed “the Obama girl,” or even made a cell phone video tape?” We unanimously agree “No” on that notion. Subsequently, that led us to the notion of being famous. Ironically when fame is defined it states that a person must have a favorable public reputation for starters and then goes on to establish the various issues that ‘claim fame.’
Summarizing and being very general it seems as though contrary to what people may think a celebrity is, albeit by paparazzi, tabloids, or magazine stories, a real qualifier of ‘celebrity status’ is being well-known and looked upon with a good reputation. Sounds good to us.
Just a few closing comments before leaving ‘celebrity-dom’ and moving on to fame — which we believe is unrelated to celebrity status insofar as there appears to be a smaller number of famous people than celebrities. Therefore, could we conclude that celebrity status may be a fleeting moment or even longer but that fame is all together a different issue? Interesting idea; however, we see it like this: a famous person can be a celebrity, but need not be a celebrity to be famous; on the other hand, all celebrities aren’t famous and that celebrity-dom may last for 15 minutes or longer.
In most cases fame manifests itself in such categories as immortal, luminary, guiding, and of notable worth by being basically great at what a person does such as a writer (“Shakespeare is one of the immortals”) or luminary and guiding (an inspiration to others), and/or a person whose actions and opinions strongly influence the course of events) being very notable.
Humm, this doesn’t factor in the likes of Imelda Marcos, who suppressed millions of Filipinos, or Al Capone who is immortalized in organized crime, seriously, even Jack the Ripper has enduring fame. Therefore, it appears as though one need not be of great moral character to achieve fame. However, many will argue that those given to murder, graft, corruption, and robbery are not necessarily famous. What do you think?
More tomorrow. . .



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  2. While this makes sense and I agree, you have to wonder if Sarah Palin would support it if Rush said it and called it satire 😉 jk

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