There’s little doubt that a celebrity’s life isn’t an easy one, partly because the world expects you to do no wrong — whether you’re an actor, artist, athlete, politician, businessman, or any other profession which thrusts you into public view. The simple truth is that nobody’s perfect, including celebrities – based on the recent news stories in which the reputations of a good number of them got tarnished, whether or not they were responsible for doing so.
The current slew of public scandals already affecting Bill Cosby and his show business career is an example of the pitfalls associated with being a celebrity, and especially if those same scandals end up affecting the legacy that he’ll leave behind, much like a similar situation faced by film comedian Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle during the 1920’s, which ended up damaging his career beyond repair, while being ignored by his vast fan base. Cosby now faces – more or less – the same dilemma faced by Arbuckle and other celebrities who now wonder about the legacies that will outlast their lives, and if anyone, including devotees of Cosby’s comedy albums and hit TV shows, will remember them and what they accomplished decades later.
Then again, there’s proof that certain celebrity legacies do deserve to be forgotten – as in the case of Donald Trump. Trump’s controversial comments concerning U.S. immigration policies ended up bringing an end to his association with NBC and Universal, even as the billionaire businessman launched his U.S. Presidential campaign. And most recently, Trump strongly criticized U.S. Senator John McCain for ending up as a P.O.W. during the Vietnam War – and at the same time, arrogantly blind to what McCain and other American war veterans had to endure in combat, including the agony and carnage that they can’t forget, no matter how hard they try. But Trump isn’t a politician – he’s a business tycoon who thinks he’s better than everyone else in the world, a character flaw that’s responsible for bringing down those no less powerful or egoistical than Trump. And like the ancient Roman emperor Julius Caesar, Trump has no shortage of enemies, and not just in the business and financial worlds (with many of them obviously not fans of The Apprentice, the so-called “Reality TV” show that Trump hosted prior to him and NBC-Universal parting company) – with many of them hoping for his eventual downfall, thus exposing him as one to be completely loathed.
We may never fully know and understand the celebrities we either admire or hate – including how they think. We do know that they do make mistakes, just like us – as well as the fact that many of them eventually not only admit whatever mistakes that they made, be it minor or disastrous, but also do their best to correct them. And perhaps, avoid making those same mistakes again – if anything else, to encourage us to avoid making them in the first place.
John Lavernoich is the author of three books (including the first two Chameleons, Inc. novels), as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in print and on the Internet. To learn more about Mr. Lavernoich and his various creative accomplishments, please check out the following websites listed below:
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