Why Criticizing Celebrities Is Bad For Your Own Self-Esteem

Posted On May 21, 2014 By Rachel Weingarten

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It's really hard to tune out the almost all-pervasive celebrity culture these days. Between so-called celebrity news programs, celebrity-inspired blogs and websites and the almost immediate access of social media, sometimes it feels like we know the lives of celebrities better than we know our own. And while it's fun to tune out our own day-to-day dramas in favor of the latest and greatest scandals, sometimes it's time to turn off that noise.

One of the worst trends in modern celebrity culture is the almost obsessive dissection of the most minuscule celebrity flaws. Every wrinkle, jiggle or ripple is analyzed and magnified. Those with curves are called too fat, those without are mocked for being too thin. And so it goes, too old/too young, too feminine/too masculine, too private/too overexposed – it seems as though our famous counterparts can't seem to do anything right. If there is a flaw to be found, it will appear in the next tweet or headline.

I, for one am a bit tired of the craziness. Tired of both the undeserved adulation and the rampant denigration. So while I still enjoy watching the A-list to learn what they wear and when, I'm stepping off the public criticism bandwagon. Or at least I'm trying. I will no longer click on headlines that boast images of celebrities at their worst, nor the ones gushing about their excesses.

I know from my own struggles just how hard it is to try to always put my best face forward. And despite my best intentions, some days are bad hair days and others I'm too tired to put on makeup or wear anything that doesn't have an elastic waistband. I think that if we become more forgiving of our celebrity counterparts, we'll learn to become more forgiving of ourselves and have better self-esteem. So the next time I see a magazine cover screaming about the worst celebrity beach bodies, I vow not to look. It's a small way to start rejecting the unrealistic cult of perfection and accept all of our flaws as normal.