Something has been bugging me since the first time I followed the events shared by a celebrity on the social media. They ask for privacy in a certain manner, when they (or the people who post for them, the non-hackers) share other so-called ‘private’ information: the people they are friendly with, the people they are emotionally attached with, what they ate or sang on a given day. Basically, they document their whole celebrity and personal life (excuse me, but, how are they different) through social media. All right, let us read the second line again: ‘ Privacy in a certain manner’! Does the word privacy have to be that ambiguous? Isn’t privacy simply privacy? Do we only understand its importance, when it is invaded? Well, again there is ambiguity in the answers to the above questions. (FOOL!)
So, the reason for the focus of the post on ‘celebrity privacy’, is because I recently came across an interview of my favorite singer, namely: Ms. Ariana Grande (And yes, I refuse to allocate any adjectives in this post, even for her, well because, here she is being treated as a person. So no “Pint-sized pop princess, or internationally recognized singer cum diva”, etc. Wait, then why are you writing this article?), being interviewed by the multi-faceted and rich Ryan Seacrest. (Really, using adjectives all of a sudden, yes, I am not on his side entirely in this post, so , yes.) He brought up a post shared by her on Instagram, wherein she is seen getting friendly with another singer, Mac Miller, whom she is in, let me just call it that, please, an apparent romantic relationship with (Never thought that I would use those words in any piece of my writing). He, rhetorically, asks her about the depiction of the snapshot and inadvertently (or deliberately, who knows) makes her miffed. Why would she not be? Anyone would. Now, the interesting thing to note here is that just a few days before she had an interview with Mr. Ryan, the same question was brought up by Ellen Degeneres( whom I am a big fan of), just more ‘politely'( is that even a mannerism when asking such questions? and overall more appropriately. In response to that, Ms. Ariana only acted coy, and did not retaliate with a harsh or suggestively blunt response. Hence proven, that Ellen Degeneres is more approachable, more sensible, less money-minded and a better interviewer? Right? The answer to the question is irrelevant because, the point that I seek to raise is whether or not Ms. Ariana’s stance or decision to post the picture, or any other celebrity’s decision to post a ‘personal’ or ‘affectionate’ picture online is their own wrong-doing, if it is wrong at all. Do they deserve privacy, and should be taken as only smart people, and not two-faced, unwise and defensive people? No more ambiguity, followed by, here it comes : ‘Yes’.
Since, the advent of social media, people have constantly argued that sharing so much of your life online, sometimes or mostly, with people whom you do not have a blood relation with can be damaging to either parties in the long-run. But, it is the decision of a person, to share what they want at a given point in time. And the only censorship physically possible, is the perspective and mindset of the viewer or the listener. In the past, many celebrities have been targeted with unnecessary or foolishly rhetorical questions.( I consider them foolish) Many of them, or rather most of them, skillfully respond also. When a celebrity is given a platform to present their skill, they do; then get applauded for their presentation, when they are given the platform to stand up in support for a social issue. they do, and again, get applauded for it. But, there are two things more, in common to the both above, and those are : all this is shared by them , and all this is critiqued by many people. But, that is not something that should keep them from undertaking something similar in the future. When they are asked about something they recently did at a public event, they produce a response, or rather, they have to. Sometimes, they are answered the same question over and over again, but, they do not lose their calm, just because it may be redundant. The problem arises when it is something that pertains to the personal life of the celebrity, specifically, about something/someone close to them,someone that have recently kindled their relationaship with, which, if not asked in the right manner or at the right time, can hurt them or annoy them, in the least. But, should they not be open to rhetorical questions, or personal questions? They should, but it depends on how much the celebrity is willing to offer on the part of her answer. After Mr. Ryan noticed, yes, he indeed did, that Ms. Ariana was getting quite annoyed, why did he not just apologize, on air, and say something like: ‘I am sorry if my question offended you, I am just happy for you……’, or ‘come on, just a ‘yes’, you will only get support from the people who appreciate you’, or ‘do not take it otherwise’ or something apologetic, or something to show that he meant no invalidated intrusion into her life. But, he did not. So, unfortunately, he is only running his radio show for rhetoric and money, does not really matter even if you donate to a charity now.
I am not supporting the fact that celebrities can act however they want( which is not necessarily a fact), and only respond to the actions when and how they want. As a matter of fact, no matter how much I admire Ms. Ariana as an exceptional singer and as an empathetic person, I do not support her using abusive words( it starts with an ‘F’) in a lyric video or in a ‘Snap Chat’ video (I however, do not use it, just saw the video online), since, many young people look up to her. However, I do support the fact that once they share something, they can be the judge of the accountability of what they have shared. No one should (and not -‘must’) harass them to clarify something or get a piece of information out of them.
So, if we are making and enforcing laws for freedom of speech and expression, we should treat their outcomes or their use wisely, so as to not hurt or annoy anyone who has a certain social standing.
To Miss Grande: Have a great singing career ahead of you Miss. Your fans wish you the best.
(And I sincerely hope that you come across this)
HERE IS THE LINK TO VIDEO, ON ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT’S WEBSITE: www.etonline.com/news/198142_ariana_grande_tells_off_ryan_seacrest_for_asking_about_mac_miller_during_radio_interview/