The problem with celebrity culture, is not what celebrities do, but our reaction to it.
Yes, Robbie Williams being caught washing his hands after shaking hands with fans didn’t come across as fantastic, but on inspection, neither did the witch hunt that followed.
In the eyes of the media and the general public, there is a clear distinction between the ‘real world’ and the ‘celebrity world’. Reality stars such as Kylie Jenner and Kim Kardashian are no longer seen as human, but rather some fascinating creature that must be kept under constant examination. We long for more and more knowledge of such a world, pumping millions of pounds into stalking such subjects. We create a stage in which we can observe them from all angles, then, as soon as we see something we don’t like, we demand blood.
The real issue with celebrity culture, therefore, is the culture it creates within the ‘real world’. For in our treatment of celebrities as non-humans, we allow ourselves to exercise our inner demons of malice and hatred, with no regard for the human being on the end of it. And as we teach our children – practice makes permanent.
Then, when we move away from the twitter screen and see someone in our own community make a mistake, our instant reaction is one of calling for blood – because that is all we’ve practiced.
The constant inspection of our celebrity idols lives results in us failing to inspect our own, forgetting that we too carry our own faults. The difference between our world and their world, therefore, comes down to privacy. For if this privacy was removed from those in the witch hunt, we would find enough fault to call for the execution of the entire mob by the standards in which they set.
And so, despite the progress of science and knowledge, there is still an undeniable need for the adoption of the 2000 year old truth – that he who is without fault, cast the first stone.