A nasty case of celebrity worship

HERE are some words that caught my eye this week as I surfed the web: "This site is dedicated to the greatest woman on the face of the earth."So who is this paragon?

HERE are some words that caught my eye this week as I surfed the web: "This site is dedicated to the greatest woman on the face of the earth."

So who is this paragon? A great writer? A great leader? Perhaps it's a posthumous tribute to Mother Teresa – or even Princess Di?

Actually, the woman in question is Emma Bunton, who I would say was not even the greatest woman on the face of the Spice Girls.

This is clearly a bad case of what an eminent group of American psychologists define as celebrity worship syndrome.

These mental health professionals estimate that up to a third of us suffer from CWS to some degree – and that around ten per cent are seriously afflicted.

A glance over the popular press, at the TV schedules, or the magazine shelves at your newsagent's will be enough for you to see what they mean.

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We are bombarded as never before by the most astonishingly trivial details of tedious lives.

Who really cares whether Britney's got a double chin? Whether Shane Richie (whoever he may be) is as fit as Justin Timberlake (ditto). Or what a non-entity with real breasts and a non-entity with plastic ones have to say about each other.

This burgeoning obsession with people famous only for being famous apparently leaves its

sufferers anxious, depressed and dysfunctional.

I suffer the same reaction when I ponder the example some of these supposed celebrities are setting our impressionable children. And it is of course children – of whatever age – that all this fluff is aimed at.

I hate to sound like a member of the so-called Moral Majority, but…

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