For as long as I can remember, I’ve been enamored of celebrities and pop culture. To say that I’m obsessed would be a gross understatement.
While many young girls don’t get into the teenybopper magazines until they’re young teens, my walls were plastered with *NSYNC and Britney Spears posters by the time I was seven years old. I read all of the articles, took all of the quizzes about which member of 98 Degrees would be my soulmate (I just cheated so the answer was always Drew Lachey) and tried to copy all of Mandy Moore’s outfits. I was hooked right away. My love and outright fixation with celebrity culture has spanned more than a decade at this point, so it’s safe to say that it won’t fade out any time soon.
I honestly think that a lot of my fascination comes from the fact that I legitimately think that I could be friends with these people. In high school, I was convinced that if I could just meet Joe Jonas somehow, he would recognize our similar dispositions and senses of humor, we’d immediately fall in love, and the rest would be history. Of course, I’m wildly unfamiliar with Joe Jonas’ general disposition and sense of humor because I don’t know him, but I felt like I knew him. I wanted to get coffee with Demi and Selena, help Britney Spears’ dad make her decisions under his conservatorship (I’ve followed her career from the beginning. I know best, too) and have my own reality show on MTV. This is all so insane when I put it into words. I’m not ashamed, though, because I know that I’m not the only person who feels that way. Like I said before, celebrity culture has become so pervasive in our society that we really do know a lot more than we should about these strangers. They’re on our TVs nightly, surrounding us in the check-out aisle on magazine covers, and is there really anything else on the internet besides entertainment news these days? I guess I can’t speak objectively to that because I tailor my internet to my interests, but it’s hard to ignore, regardless.
I love that my friends know me as the person who can answer questions about any celebrity’s dating life or talk anybody’s ear off about the latest movie castings. I’m fully aware that my knowledge of the entertainment world isn’t helping to advance the research of infectious diseases and that Mensa won’t be sending me pamphlets any time soon (don’t even get me started on Mensa…). But these are things that have become so pervasive in society. Whether you like it or not, you know what Justin Bieber did last week and you know that so-and-so is a Real Housewife of Somewhere. I once read that pop culture is what connects us, and I could not agree more.
I want this to be my future, my life, my career because I just can’t imagine doing anything else. Call it trivial, call it stupid, call it a waste of time, but it’s such a huge part of American culture and, if nothing else, it’s an escape from the murders and the natural disasters and the negativity that fills “other” news. So look for me on primetime E! in five years, telling the world about my upcoming nuptials to Joe Jonas.
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