Excessive Fanaticism

Idols are inspirations people can look up to. Celebrities are public figures and owe a big part of their success to their fans. However, fans should never try to control how their idols behave or act. Fans should know and recognize their boundaries.

 

In today's digital age, ordinary people are constantly updated and connected with celebrities and prominent personalities via their social media pages. Through various online platforms, fans can easily connect with their so-called idols; thus, personal messages, requests and greetings come across swiftly. Publicly maintained pages by celebrities provides interested parties and individuals to directly get in touch with them for their services, particularly for bookings and other business transactions.

On the surface, social media seems substantially beneficial to today's celebrities as far as their livelihood and longevity in the business is concerned. However, the rise of overly intrusive fans and bashers have provided another space for negativity which can harm the image and reputation of celebrities.

Gossips, particularly those with negative connotation, easily turn into a national conversation, given the ability of fans and bashers alike to mob public pages in an instant. Unverifiable rumors and fake news are also circulated unabatedly without regard to research and due diligence. At the end of the day, public perception can easily go against a celebrity, even with the absence of hard facts and evidence. The Philippine Cybercrime Law has not been an effective deterrent to prevent the constant peddling of fake news and derogatory remarks against public figures, moreover celebrities.

Like in many other parts of the world, Filipinos have a deep sense of love, affection and loyalty to their so-called idols. They take precious time away from their families and at work to patronize their idol's movies, TV series, commercials and even concerts. However, there are some who seem to have no recognition of the imaginary borderline that should be observed when it comes to the public and private lives of their idols.

Most recently, many innocent celebrities have been on the receiving end of hurtful words and criticisms from "alleged" fans of the JaDine tandem (James Reid and Nadine Lustre). Some have been blamed as supposed "third-parties" which eventually led to the break-up of the couple. Some quarters have also been blasted by some “so-called” fans because of their "too close from comfort" ties with either of the parties involved.

While fans are the lifeblood of any celebrity's career, they also have the capacity to ruin and stain the image and reputation of their own idols. Any negative action by the fans are easily associated by some to their supposed idols. Furthermore, rifts and conflicts may arise between the fans' idol(s) and celebrities dragged into conflicts such as break-ups.

Idols are inspirations people can look up to. Celebrities are public figures and owe a big part of their success to their fans. However, fans should never try to control how their idols behave or act. Fans should know and recognize their boundaries.

Excessive fanaticism can be detrimental to the careers and lives of celebrities. Let us all be reminded of that.

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About the Author
Mr. Aaron Benedict De Leon is currently a Business Development Practitioner in a private consulting firm. He has more than six years of professional experience in leading and managing political and non-government organizations, specializing in organizational management, policy development and program management. He has had stints with notable political/socio-civic organizations, serving in various capacities as: Secretary-General of the Centrist Democratic Party of the Philippines (CDP) [2013-2015], Founding Chairperson of the Centrist Democratic Youth Association of the Philippines (CDYAP) [2012-2014], Philippine Representative to the International Young Democrat Union (IYDU) [2011-2012], Chairperson of the Christian Democratic Youth [2011-2012], Secretary-General of YOUTH Philippines [2010-2011], and Spokesperson/Communications Director of the GT2010 Gilbert Teodoro Presidential Campaign [2009-2010].
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