Let’s face it, most celebrity antics get us talking, but there are some that really get under our skin. These behaviors bother us to the point that we have to openly express our disapproval of them. Celebrities and their actions often become the center of heated news debates because people take the issues seriously. They want to see these badly-behaved celebs get treated “like everyone else”. This rarely happens, however. When it does, it makes for an even bigger story.
The following is a list of Celebrity Behaviors that We Love to Hate:
We hate when someone like Paris Hilton gets away with less than a slap on the wrist for actions that would land the average citizen in jail. For instance, her so-called sentencing in 2007 for driving with a suspended license became a heated topic of debate. Public outrage over her three-day stay in the slammer resulted in the L.A. Sheriff’s Department going back to get Hilton after they let her out for what was described as a “undisclosed medical condition”. Our hatred for celebs getting off easy is also visible when one considers the Lindsay Lohan legal drama of this past summer. When the out-of-control 24-year-old was finally sentenced to jail time in July, we were all watching at home with smug grins. We didn’t care that her 90-day sentence was harsh, since we felt that it more than made up for all the times LiLo got off easy.
We hate that seemingly shallow woman whose face we know only because of her former marriage to a rich man. We hate the fact she’s still being covered in magazines and we don’t want her getting the benefits of being a celebrity, because in our minds she didn’t earn it. Examples are easily seen in some of the Real Housewives series on Bravo. For instance, one might feel bad for Camille Grammer upon reading her sob story of an interview that appeared in People. Then they watch her in action on the Housewives of Beverly Hills, and they get the idea that this woman is a snake, and likely not the innocent victim she portrayed.
We hate when the uber-rich people of Hollywood who flaunt their wealth. When they aren’t flaunting it, we like to admire their possessions and find a store that’s selling their latest fashion accessory. But when they dare drop their millions here and there… oh, we have a real problem with it. We feel belittled, angry, so the result is our immediate backlash against this person(s).
We don’t like when gifted actresses continually trash themselves, ruining the opportunity to continue what would be a successful career. We get angry that someone in their position is throwing it all away. Spectators can’t imagine what they would do if given such an opportunity, so they dislike stars like Lindsay Lohan who are currently on their 4th or 5th stay in rehab.
We don’t like when famous people take a stance on a sensitive issue. For instance, when Tom Cruise intensely argued with Matt Lauer about ADD/ADHD and the medications for it, he offended a lot of viewers. His opinion on the matter, which was based off of his religious beliefs, was very cut-and-dry, still he couldn’t accept a view different than his own. When talking to Matt Lauer, we got the impression that Cruise believed he was superior to everyone else with knowledge on the topic, including doctors. A more recent example of a celebrity addressing a sensitive issue to a bad response is Gisele Bundchen’s position on breastfeeding. In an August interview with Harper’s Bazaar UK, the Brazilian supermodel openly stated that she thought there should be a “worldwide law” requiring mothers to breastfeed their babies. Time reported that with her comments, Gisele provoked responses from CNN Marquee readers and breastfeeding advocacy group La Leche League International. Women also took to the internet to bash the first-time mother for making what they thought was a brash statement. As a result, Bundchen attempted to re-explain herself, expressing respect for all mothers on her blog.
Tom Cruise is also an example for another celeb behavior we love to hate: the open display of one’s religion and/or religious beliefs. It’s kind of strange, but as a society we have a hard time watching any celebrity display their religion with pride. We feel they are encroaching upon inappropriate territory. Tom Cruise’s talk of Scientology made the already-intense actor completely unappealing. Photos of stars like Madonna and/or Ashton Kutcher leaving a Kabbalah Center can get us irritated. We perceive that these celebrities are putting their religion on blast. Even though the tabloids are the ones who take the photos and publish them, as readers we somehow get the vibe that this celebrity sought out the camera.