We all have had a moment in our life when we had to defend our reputation, some more than others. It is in our nature to care about what other people think about us. When we feel socially rejected, many of us will try to convince ourselves that it is no big deal, when in reality, it hurts us to our core.
Celebrities, are not to be excluded from this, for their entire career is fueled by public fascination. Their allure is much attributed to how they are portrayed in the media. If they are deemed by the media to be the “good guy”, their reputation will most likely be untarnished. However, if they fall below the media’s good grace and become the “bad guy” this can be detrimental to not only their careers, but their personal lives as well.
Most of the time, the media will not outright dub a celebrity the “bad guy” or the “good guy”, it is all in how they encode in their reporting over a period of time. We as recipients of the media, will decode what is being reported to us by the media consciously and unconsciously and that can determine whether we jump on the bandwagon of how the media wants us to perceive certain celebrities.
Nevertheless, celebrities are not that different from you and I, just don’t tell the media that!