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Are We Too Obsessed With Celebrities?

Tanya Mardirossian |
May 22, 2014 | 7:51 p.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Recently, two men bonded over a can of beer. Sure, this seems like the norm—one buddy tosses another buddy a beer and adds some casual, friendly banter. This is all normal, of course unless the two men are, actors Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey. The two stars were spotted in New Orleans, each on their respective balconies on opposite sides of the street. Pitt threw McConaughey a beer and the action took the social media world by storm--first on Buzzfeed, tweeted by Buzzfeed,  retweeted by social networkers. And BAM! Just like that, a beer can toss became nearly as famous as the actors. 

Us Weekly's popular “Stars—They’re Just Like Us!” page features celebrities doing "average" things such as throwing out the trash, shopping for groceries or getting speeding tickets. A beer can toss would naturally be added for fans to see. But, are people making it too much of a buzz? Are we, as a society, too obsessed with the lives of celebrities?

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The easy and blunt answer is yes. Though some may not as obsessed with celebrities as others, many people care about which celebrity tossed a beer and which celebrity caught it. But if the people who keep up the lives of celebrities, and pop culture in general, think that this beer toss is groundbreaking news, what is happening to our entertainment industry?

When it all comes down to it, celebrities like their privacy just like any normal human being. Why? Because they’re human—only some don’t see them in that way. Most of the time, celebrities are seen as gods of Hollywood because of the paparazzi that make them appear in this way. People obsess because they have the ability to constantly speculate the glamorous lives of celebrities, even if their lives aren’t as glamorous as they seem. 

That being said, let’s indulge in the news about an actor’s role in a new movie because we do love celebrities. Tossing a beer can should not be entertainment news. 

But, put Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey's well known, pretty faces in the same frame as a beer can and maybe it is. 

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