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The student news site of Cabell Midland High School

The Medieval Times

The student news site of Cabell Midland High School

The Medieval Times

Is Fame Worth It?


In today’s celebrity-obsessed society, fame is often perceived as the ultimate achievement, synonymous with wealth, success and admiration. However, behind the glamorous facade, there is a price to be paid for fame. Exploring the advantages and disadvantages of fame and questioning whether it truly is worth pursuing.

On the one hand, fame comes with numerous advantages. One of the most obvious benefits is financial gain. Famous individuals often receive lucrative endorsement deals, book contracts and movie roles, accumulating substantial wealth. Additionally, fame provides a platform for individuals to voice their opinions and advocate for important causes. Celebrities like Ariana Grande, Oprah Winfrey and Leonardo DiCaprio have effectively used their fame to raise awareness about crucial global issues and make a positive impact.

However, the dark side of fame cannot be ignored. One major disadvantage of fame is a lack of privacy. Celebrities are constantly under scrutiny from the media and public, with their personal lives invaded, twisted and sensationalized. Paparazzi hounding their every move and relentless rumors can lead to anxiety, depression and even harmful addictions. Furthermore, fame often attracts an unrelenting pressure to maintain one’s image. Celebrities need to project themselves in a certain way, catering to fans’ expectations and societal norms. This can be exhausting and result in a loss of personal authenticity.

Celebrities including Robert Pattinson and Billie Eilish have spoken out about their dislike of the publicity that comes with fame. Eilish in 2019 told Vanity Fair, “I like being famous, but I used to hate it. I hated doing press and I hated being recognized and I hated kind of everything that had to do with it. There’s a lot in fame that’s … gross and horrible and just miserable.”

Pattinson’s hit movie, Twilight, was the spotlight of his acting career. Even though the movie series set him off into the spotlight, it’s discussed to be his least favorite moment. He explains the lack of privacy he had in a 2019 USA Today article. “People come up [to me] and just have very fond memories of [Twilight]. It’s a really sweet thing. I think the only scary part was right in the thick of it all, when it was very, very intense. Now the intensity has died down and it’s just very warm memories.”

Another disadvantage lies in the superficiality of fame. Society often idolizes fame for the wrong reasons, focusing on external appearances and material wealth rather than substance. This misplaced admiration can lead to a shallow and superficial existence, compromising personal relationships and meaningful connections. The constant struggle to stay relevant in the public eye can result in a lack of personal fulfillment, as genuine friendships and family bonds are overshadowed by the pursuit of fame.

In all reality, fame, like any other achievement, has both advantages and disadvantages. Financial gain, influence for social change and a sense of validation are among the advantages, while loss of privacy, constant scrutiny and a superficial existence comprise the disadvantages.

Whether or not fame is worth it depends on an individual’s values, priorities and aspirations. It is essential to critically analyze the sacrifices and potential consequences before pursuing a life in the spotlight. Ultimately, true happiness and fulfillment lie not in seeking fame for fame’s sake, but in leading a life true to oneself and nurturing meaningful relationships.

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