The Price of Fame and Fortune

How celebrities react to the bombardment of fans and papparazzi


Earlier this week, pop superstar Justin Bieber, took to Instagram to discuss how he felt about overly-aggressive fans not complying with the rules of personal space. Bieber goes on to say:

Justin Bieber in Cannes. Pictured: Justin Bieber Ref: SPL764067  210514   Picture by: Splash News Splash News and Pictures Los Angeles:310-821-2666 New York:212-619-2666 London:870-934-2666

Justin Bieber

“If you happen to see me out somewhere know that I’m not gonna take a picture I’m done taking pictures. It has gotten to the point that people won’t even say hi to me or recognize me as a human, I feel like a zoo animal, and I wanna be able to keep my sanity. I realize people will be disappointed but I don’t owe anybody a picture. And people who say “but I bought ur album” know that you got my album and you got what you paid for AN ALBUM! It doesn’t say in fine print whenever you see me you also get a photo. Justin Bieber”

Many celebrities, such as rapper T.I. and supermodel Winnie Harlow agreed with Bieber by reposting his picture on their account. Harlow said that their life “is not a petting zoo” and if you do not agree, then “you’re selfish”.  But with the constant access to technology, when fans spot their favorite artists, its natural for fans to act chaotic just to take a picture. Pop stars have a large fan base, such as Rihanna’s Navy, Beyoncé’s Beyhive, and of course Justin Bieber’s Beliebers. They consist of male and females of ALL ages, yet they ALL react to their celebrity crush in the same way when they get the chance to meet them in person.

Justin Bieber has constantly in the press, whether positive or negative. The paparazzi catches his every move, and Bieber believes that his own fans have turned into what he fears the most.

But isn’t that what comes with fame? It is rare for a musical artist to be at their highest point of success and not have their every move in the public eye. Look at Britney Spears for example and how far she came after her public outcry for help. She married Kevin Federline and pictures were released of her driving with her son on her lap. That incident caused Spears to spiral in front of the paparazzi, which led to her shaving her head completely after leaving rehab . Britney Spears was at the top of her game and no one thought that she could be taken off of her pedestal. The fame gave her attention that she did not always want, but could not escape from.

Britney Spears and Paparazzi








Should fans give their favorite celeb the benefit of the doubt and leave them alone in public? Or is it part of their job to acknowledge their fans under any circumstance? Fame comes with a price; and celebrities cannot escape people with cameras no matter what.

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