Another in our Whaddya Think series, where we ask students for their opinions…
Do you think celebrities go too far for publicity?
Luam T., 17
It comes to a point where what they do is so over-the-top that it’s not normal. It’s not even entertaining anymore. And I think it’s only going to get worse. Once they capture someone’s attention, they keep going.
Cam R., 17
I think we are paying too much attention to it. These are just stupid stunts, and that’s their objective. If we feed into it they will continue doing it because they’re getting the benefits of it. Sex definitely sells but I think they are going too far with it. I think they are pushing the limits.
Natalie M., 16
I think they go to extremes just to get publicized. Everyone’s trying to outdo each other and therefore crossing boundaries. Also, people need to be educated about what is reality versus what is entertainment. What Britney and Marilyn Manson do, is for attention and publicity. It’s not how they lead their real lives.
Colin C., 17
I think the stuff they do, most people do, but it gets more news because it is blown out of proportion by the media. People should lighten up about it. There are other things people should be talking about. It’s funny and it’s entertaining, but it’s not very important.
Max G., 17
No. I find it entertaining. It’s interesting to see what other people are doing. I won’t buy Gucci sunglasses just because [David] Beckham is wearing them: it’s just what’s happening out there right now.
Jamie P., 19
They need to keep our interest up and if they don’t, then nobody likes them. They need to do crazy things – look we are discussing it now. We are so desensitized with war and violence on TV that they have to do over-the-top things to hold our attention.
Willy H., 17
No. You often wonder what a celebrity does with so much money. Perhaps for younger kids it’s inappropriate to see certain publicity stunts, but it doesn’t shock me. Adults also might view it as inappropriate for their kids but I think it’s okay for us.
Stacee S., 16
They should encourage artists to be classier. You see the style now, and everyone wants to look like Britney but I wouldn’t be surprised that there’ll be crazier stuff. It’s pretty degrading when you have people dressing like that. The singers think they are gonna sell more records.
Paul G., 15
Some of the things they do, like with Britney and Madonna, and Justin and Janet, is going over the top. A lot of kids really look up to them to see what they’re doing. But, for the most part, I don’t feel they are going too far but maybe someone should monitor things.