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Michael Phelps is Banned From USA Swimming

Well, it was only a matter of time. 14-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer Michael Phelps has been suspended for three months by USA Swimming for that picture of him smoking pot from a bong. Michael has been waiting anxiously to find out just what the consequences of his actions would be. Many people were saying all of his endorsement deals should be taken away, while that was just speculation on society’s part, it definitely could have been a possibility.
TMZ is reporting the organization has cut off financial support to 23-year-old Phelps for three months as well. On Thursday, USA Swimming said, “This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero.”  Michael won’t fight the punishment.

Price of Stardom - Celebs & Shutterbugs

There is a phenomenon that is sweeping the country, even the globe, and this is people becoming obsessed with celebrities. In this day in age with technology booming it is so easy for everyday people to gain access into celebrities’ lives. You can go on the Internet and find thousands of pictures of celebrities or just turn on your television set to a channel dedicated to celebrities. In this media based country, following celebrities’ lives is a daily routine. But why are we so obsessed? There are many factors as to why people are so dedicated to celebrities.

A celebrity is a widely-recognized person who claims a lot of media attention. There are many different types of celebrities including movie stars, models, world leaders, media moguls, etc. There are different levels of fame, for example, Tom cruise is a mainstream celebrity and known around the world for his movies, while Bill Gates founded Microsoft and his work made him a global celebrity. But why are people so celebrity obsessed? Why do we constantly look at pictures of celebrities or watch t.v. shows dedicated to them? Why must we know what they’ve had for dinner or who they are engaged to? People are obsessed with celebrities because they have it all. Not everyone has millions of dollars, great looks and access to the most prestigious places around the world.

People think celebrities are nearly perfect and want to relate in some way, that’s why we are always looking at pictures of celebrities. We as people also like to watch celebrity television and look at pictures of celebrities because it makes us feel like they are somewhat normal. The Paparazzi invaded celebrities’ privacy day after day just to provide us with juicy pictures of celebrities wearing no makeup or taking their kids to school. We can relate to them more as everyday people when we see them doing everyday things. It doesn’t make us feel so bad about ourselves. But at the same time we constantly look at pictures of celebrities to read about what we don’t have. Let’s be honest, not all of us have 12 million dollar homes on the beach or travel around the world at the drop of a hat. But we like to look at pictures of celebrities doing these things. We can’t afford those $10,000 Versace gowns, so we look at pictures of celebrities who can. Even though we can’t imagine what it would be like to be followed around constantly, living life under constant scrutiny, we still continue to fuel the fire and look at pictures of celebrities and buy the magazines that sometimes ruin their lives. Unless the media does something about it, our obsession with celebrities will never end. We will constantly be searching for pictures of celebrities and their new dates or pictures of them with their children. But to everyday people, it’s just fun gossip that doesn’t harm anyone.

Perhaps if we all could trade places with a celebrity for even a day, we would understand the pressure they go through with the paparazzi, media and their fans. But for now, we will still buy the newest tabloid magazines and stay in tuned for the next piece of juicy celebrity gossip.