I’m sure you all know by now the controversy surrounding the recent emotional outbursts of Kanye West and Serena Williams. Not to mention South Carolina Congressman Joe Wilson, and the ever lovely fits of rage from no-named reality-tv stars. I guess that’s why VH1 and MTV aren’t so much about music videos anymore as they are about reality dramas. As bizarre as this may sound, people love drama. They love the chaos, the comedy, and the tragedy. However, I wonder how much of so-called “reality television” is actually real.
When the camera zooms in to catch a furious athlete on the brink of a breakdown…that’s real. When a politician erupts with a quick-temper at an inappropriate time…that’s real. When a music mogul gives his two-cents without thinking…now that’s real. This type of unscripted reality may seem few and far between, but when it happens, you can believe that there is a camera to catch it and a blogger to post it.
Remember the days before social media, where you could do and say what you felt without the consequence of becoming the next YouTube star or Internet sensation? Those days are long gone, and you better think twice before calling your boss that 4-letter word or picking your nose in public. Social media and social networking sites like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, etc, are growing at an enormous rate. People aren’t afraid to put you, and your business out there; the media especially.
So why is it that these superstars know the potential consequence of bad PR, yet they still don’t take the time for that deep breath or second thought? Could it be that celebrities are really human like the rest of us? Or have we just found the right vehicle to expose their true personalities? Either way, it’s always entertaining.