Last week Hollywood was rocked by 2 “shocks”. The first in the form of Dylan Farrow’s open letter accusing Woody Allen of sexually abusing her as a child and the second as the death of Philip Hoffman. Hollywood came out in drones to defend both celebrities praising their talent while grieving the unfortunate occurrence.
Every actor worth their buck and a lot of wannabes released a press statement or tweeted (really, whats the difference these days?) expressing their grief and extending the victims families support during this difficult time in their lives. The media too had a field day singing the praises of the amazing contributions made by both Allen and Hoffmann to the silver screen.
In all the chaos, the real story is lost and the real victims forgotten. While the media painted the two men as gods in their own right and as victims, the real victims – Dylan Farrow and Hoffmann’s family lay forgotten. Are you really telling me, we should be celebrating a paedophile and a known substance abuser? What have we come to?
They say art imitates life and vice versa. So who exactly is to blame for the glorification of these two disturbed individuals? People talk about what they brought to screen like it negates anything else they do. What kind of message is that sending out? If you’re famous you get away with anything?
I’m not comparing Allen and Hoffmann. They are 2 very different individuals. A child molester is much much worse than a substance abuser anyway! One enjoys himself at the cost of damaging the society while the other is busy destroying himself and indirectly to a certain extent those around him. But both share the fact that they hide behind their fame and evade justice.
Does fame really cancel out everything else? Well, it seems so these days, doesn’t it? If we “regular people” are known substance/child abusers, we are promptly put behind bars. When you’re a celebrity, everyone looks the other way. Caught with drugs? No problemo, hello! fancy rehab and thank you all for your support during this difficult time.
Celebrities continue to bask in the glory of their fame, untouched and unaffected by the ugliness of their actions. It’s as if their actions have no consequences. They behave as if they are innocent of the crime they’re accused of or even worse, that they didn’t know any better! It’s bad enough that they get away with what they do, what’s worse is that they have hordes of people who believe and defend them!
More closer to home we have Mr. Sanjay Dutt and Mr. Salman Khan. Both big names in Bollywood(no, I’m not calling it the Hindi film industry! deal with it!) and both accused of heinous crimes! But both living luxurious lives, releasing new movies and walking away with loads of money that WE provided! (Please don’t bring up the fact that Sanjay Dutt was in fact in jail and paid for what he did. He is still extended privileges others in jail are not provided, his sentence also not as severe and he doesn’t seem worse off from his stay in prison)
Celebrities are always in the limelight. Everything from what they wear to what they eat and what they do is news. they are trend setters and very influential people. They have immense clout over the millions wo idolise and ape them. Every time a celebrity gets away with something, actually, every time WE let a celebrity get away with something, it;s another reason for a “regular person” to follow suit. Unfortunately for them, they don’t have the money or the fame to safely carry them across the event. It’s like Lorde sings, In a torn up town, no postcode envy, but every song’s like gold teeth, grey goose, trippin’ in the bathroom,….
Now before you point out that celebrities are human too and they make mistakes too, let me say that I completely agree. So when you say they are human and they make mistakes. So doesn’t it also mean that since they are human they have to face the consequences? The problem lies largely with us “regular folk”. We treat the people on the silver screen as gods who can do no wrong.
How else would you explain the temples dedicated to actors or the 100 foot cardboard cutouts covered in garlands an showered with milk on opening days? How else would you explain the riots that occurred in Bangalore when Dr. Rajkumar was kidnapped?
We need to remember that actors are people too and that they deserve the same treatment meted out to them as to any other person. They need to face the consequences and suffer the repercussions of their actions.
Earlier you had Britney, then Lindsey, Ledger and today you have Miley and Bieber who are being spoken about for going out of control and wrecking their lives. We know about them because they’re celebrities. We don’t hear about the hundreds and thousands of other girls who worship these celebrities and imitate them because they may be lying in a body bag somewhere with the name Jane/John Doe on it. If we really want to rid ourselves of the plague that these people unleash on our society we need to show them that, no! bad publicity is NOT publicity!