Idolizing the stars

Students looking up to celebrities takes a negative turn

Celebrities influence opinions and attitudes.

Rebecca Chukran / Legacy Media

Celebrities influence opinions and attitudes.

When going to a concert, one can always find screaming young adults. Yelling things about how much they love the artist without knowing them or how they are their number one fan. But according to one study, Adolescent Idolization of Pop Singers: Causes, Expressions, and Reliance, this is required to help children and teenagers find their identity. Idolizing celebrities is not as bad as society like to make it out to be.

For starters, many celebrities donate money to charity or even run their own charity organization. For example, Taylor Swift has donated over $1,000,000 since the beginning of her career and has been named the most charitable celebrity by Also with television shows like Celebrity Game Night, celebrity’s get a chance to donate $10,000 to the charity of their choice while still getting to entertain.

Celebrities also teach people to not be afraid to be themselves no matter who they are and speak up for what they believe in. In 2014, Emma Watson spoke in front of the United Nations about feminism. And Actress Jamie Brewer teach people with down syndrome that they are more than their disease and can achieve their dreams.

All celebrities have the potential to be a positive model, even problematic celebrities like Miley Cyrus who has been in the media for lack of clothing and drug use. Cyrus teaches young adults to be themselves and to not care what others say about them. She has also created the Happy Hippie foundation that helps stand against youth homelessness.

Idolizing is not a bad thing. As long as it stays idolizing and does not turn into obsession, it is perfectly okay to idolize a celebrity. Young adults know the difference between right and wrong and can easily pick the right characteristics to look up to in a person.