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Monday, August 13, 2012

The ‘Lust for Scandal’ Syndrome

Cover, Us Weekly.

Doesn't the world have a weird craving for brand new scandals? Especially when fresh and successful faces are tangled up, bad publicity gets even more interest. It feels as if there is a need to create a new rumor as soon as the previous one fades out. One thing is for sure; there is never a drought season in the pink pages of the press.

This time the stormy petrel is a 22 year old young woman who publicly admitted having cheated on her boyfriend after the revelation of some pretty candid photos proving her love affair with a married man. Up to this point, everything sounds quite everyday and uninteresting, right? Right up until the root of the trouble is linked with the famous names of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and director Rupert Sanders. Then it gets creepy interesting. Besides being a good occasion for funny acts, there is a universal hysteria for malicious gossip, which in the case of the celebrities reaches phenomenal proportions. Expert paparazzi are devoted to the surveillance on the lives of the stars, creating the media necessary for special editions of magazines and TV shows. Of course this industry is supported by a deeply absorbed audience. 

If seen closely, I cannot help but reflect on why the most shocking scandals worldwide were largely focused on the female 'culprit.' The Lewinsky scandal, although it brought about Bill Clinton's impeachment, centred on Monica Lewinsky as the seducer that led to an "improper relationship." Even in the case of the famous Brangelina, the blame for the Pitt and Aniston marriage wreck was flatly put on Jolie's enticement, as if Brad Pitt didn’t have his share in the process. And tabloids promote these scandals, judging by the financial impact.

So, why do we even bother? Why does the urge to look through a famous keyhole is so appealing? The best reason I can think of is because people obviously enjoy the deconstruction of their idols. From a psychological point of view all this interference can be seen as pure sour grapes. At the end of the day, we should not forget that actors are only human; it’s the admirer’s worship that makes them look like shining stars. So, it’s up to the fans not to go into the personal lives of the celebrities, but care exclusively about their professional run.

-Magda Repouskou
Junior Girl
Girl Museum Inc.

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