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.
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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.
- 1 'Beautiful inside and out': Tragedy as mum dies 48 hours after giving birth
- 2 More than £23k raised in memory of mum who died 2 days after giving birth
- 3 Woman threatened to expose lorry driver's sexual relationship
- 4 Developers offer first view of 75 new homes near Ipswich
- 5 Ipswich paedophile jailed for downloading indecent images of boys
- 6 New walking trail explores 'key role' Suffolk played in Anglo-Saxon history
- 7 'Teaching means the world' - school in Ipswich unveils new deputy head
- 8 What happened to Luke Durbin? Mum's renewed appeal 15 years after teenager vanished in Ipswich
- 9 Thieves use bank cards after stealing rucksack from Ipswich doorstep
- 10 Ipswich Town reveal full retained list as six first-teamers get extended stays and eight depart
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…