Celebrities are human, too


Madison Sanders, News Editor

Celebrities face backlash every day for things that are out of their control. They try to take care of themselves, and people treat them like they are robots who are just there for never-ending entertainment. Or, when they try to keep to themselves, some people will go as far as sitting outside of their homes waiting for them to leave, just to get a picture of them. Every day celebrities are violated in ways that could be considered inhumane and awful. People assume that because they are celebrities they are only there for entertainment, but people need to remember that celebrities are humans with feelings too.

On Sept. 17, American actress Blake Lively made an Instagram post of pictures of her pregnancies throughout the years. The caption of this post stated “Here are photos of me pregnant in real life so that the 11 guys waiting outside my home for a unicorn sighting will leave me alone. You freak me and my kids out…” Lively made this statement after paparazzi tookpictures of her children without permission, and they sold them to the Daily Mail who shared them all over their social media pages. This should never happen, especially with children. Bringing celebrities’ children into it opens a whole new world. This could make it so hard for children to want to leave the house and make them scared of other things while growing up. Paparazzi is so toxic to celebrities and their families, but many people do not realize that. After a while, celebrities become used to being followed, which is something no oneshould ever be accustomed to. American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift once wanted to be away from paparazzi so badly that she hid in a suitcase, and her bodyguards carry her out to the car in the suitcase. 

On July 27, Canadian singer-songwriter Shawn Mendes announced that he canceled his tour because of his failing mental health. He had stated that “I was not totally prepared for the toll that being back on the road would take on me.” Almost immediately, people were calling Mendes out saying that he was weak and selfish. Fans of Mendes were upset over the cancellation, especially if they had already bought tickets to his “Wonder” tour. Celebrities should not have to worry about facing backlash over taking care of themselves. If Mendes would have kept touring, he could have caused himself to have to face huge health problems later in life. 

Another instance of celebrities facing backlash after canceling shows for their own tour would be English singer-songwriter, Harry Styles. Styles had planned residency shows in Los Angeles from Oct. 14 through Nov. 15 at the Kia Forum. But on Nov. 5, Styles made an Instagram story, stating that he had to cancel three nights of the residency because he had influenza. “I’ve been doing everything I can to be able to sing tonight, but I’m leaving the doctor now and I’m devastated that it’s just not possible,” Styles said, apologizing to fans multiple times throughout his post. Fans were immediately hurt and upset about the cancellation, because most had traveled from all over the country to see Styles perform. Just like Mendes, Styles had faced a lot of name-calling, including being called selfish. If Styles would have performed with influenza, he could have put others at risk and the rest of his career. So-called fans of these artists need to realize that these performers are not just there for our entertainment and can’t go on forever and never stop. 

Toxic followers of celebrities need to realize that they, too, need to have breaks and some time to themselves. They are not circus animals who are trained to work forever and never get any rest. Celebrities need to be able to have a life outside of their jobs, just like any other human would.