By Nimer “Neem” Basha
You Deserve ONLY What You Paid For
I want you all to answer this question: if you went to a store and paid $100 for a nice shirt, what are you entitled to with that purchase?
Think about it, long and hard. Name EVERYTHING that you’re entitled to.
You’re probably thinking something along the lines of “I’m entitled to a quality shirt.” If you are hard-pressed to think of a different response, I don’t blame you. The fact of the matter is that spending money on a shirt entitles you to a shirt. Nothing more, nothing less.
I’m quite sure that none of you said the $100 entitles you to have a beer with the designer, or to interrupt the designer while she’s having dinner with her daughter, or to creepily stand outside the designer’s home, expecting her to chat with you on the way out the door. To think that your shirt purchase entitles you to any of that would be ridiculous… right?
So, why are there different standards in the entertainment world?
Many “fans” have the mentality that buying an artist’s album means that the artist owes them more than an album. These “fans” feel that going to an actor’s movie means the actor doesn’t just owe them a great performance in the movie. If the “fans” buy an entertainer’s poster, they think that they are owed more than just a poster.
I personally cringe when I read online posts, where someone is blasting a celebrity, because said celebrity didn’t stop to sign their autograph, or didn’t speak with them while they were at dinner. “He’s an a**hole” or “She thinks her sh** doesn’t stink” or (my personal favorite) “They owe me! If it wasn’t for us fans, they would be unemployed!”
Four words: celebrities owe you nothing!
Well, by “nothing,” I mean nothing more than what you paid for. If you bought an artist’s album, he or she owes you a quality album. If you went to see an actor’s film, he or she owes you a solid performance. If you pay money for a concert, you deserve a good show. If you bought a celebrity’s T-shirt, you are owed quality material. If you don’t get what you are owed, then you can complain. For instance, feel free to go online and talk about how an actor phoned in his performance and give your critique about a film. But don’t complain because you downloaded a singer’s latest track, but they wouldn’t speak with you when you creeped up on them at a coffee shop like Cosmo Kramer trying to get the attention of Joe DiMaggio on Seinfeld.
Perhaps part of the problem here is that people put celebrities on a different level than non-celebrities. I was discussing this with our publisher a while back, and we agreed that the only thing that distinguishes famous people from everyone else is the word “famous.” They are more well-known than the average Joe. But the first word in that term – “famous” – isn’t what defines them. They are still “people.” And if you get snubbed by a celebrity, do you ever stop to think that maybe that PERSON just had a fight with his wife. Or that PERSON got a call from her …