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Recently, I’ve full-on disengaged from celebrity culture. No more online tabloids or frivolous following on social media. Instead, I only follow a handful of celebrities who work with great organizations. Or, celebs with great abs. However, I can’t entirely get away from celebrity news. Apparently, what famous people post on their public social media platforms is headline news. Moreover, what they don’t post speaks volumes.
Throughout 2020, two Chrises of Hollywood got plenty of media attention. One for an accidental nude picture and the other for religious beliefs. However, it was the ample support and love from their community that intrigued me. I noticed many celebrities standing up for them when injustice occurs to them. But, my mind drifted to the celebrities who didn’t get the same support like Chris Evans and Chris Pratt received. Then, I noticed that they received support for mainly one reason: they’re white men.
Chris Evans and the Double Standard for Women.
A few months ago, Captain America accidentally showed the world his Winter Solider. In less nerdy terms, Evans shared a dick picture on his Instagram accidentally. Due to his issues with anxiety, Evans’ fan base quickly created a hashtag to hide the penis picture. Celebrity support came pouring in as well. But, many female celebrities pointed out the double standard for when this happens to women. Unfortunately, Hollywood tends to stay quiet when women’s nudes are hacked then leaked onto the internet. Many network shows will show the picture then discuss the celebrity’s character. Should women do this? Should they know better? However, I didn’t see this happen to Evans.
The key difference between Evans and the female celebrities is obviously gender. Evans’ photos were not hacked, but he accidentally shared them. While, many women had their’s hacked then leaked by men with nothing better to do. This immediately put women on a different standard. While many were sympathetic for Evans since his was an accident, others were not for the women. On it’s surface, Evans got ample support from his industry solely because of his gender.
Chris Pratt and His Relationship with his Church.
A couple of years ago, Elliot Page called out Pratt’s church, Hilsong, for being openly anti-LGBTQ+. Eventually, Pratt responded by saying that his church was very welcoming to all especially him, a divorced man. Fast forward to 2020 where Pratt was criticized for his political silence. Many of his Avengers co-stars where attending a fund-raiser for the Biden-Harris campaign, but Pratt was not listed as one. However, the internet quickly pointed out that Pratt didn’t participate. This lead the internet to call him the “Worst Chris in Hollywood.”
But, Pratt’s co-stars were quick to defend him. Many stated it was fine that he remained silent. Or, Pratt was not a secret Trump supporter. Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) noticed that this support didn’t happen when women and women of color were casted in prominent roles in the MCU. Other than Stan Lee, everyone else seemed silent when actress like Brie Larson, Tessa Thompson, and Zendaya were subjected to racist and sexist trolls.
When Marvel Comics announced that Pratt’s character, Star-Lord/Peter Quill, is bisexual, the internet again assumed that Pratt wouldn’t be thrilled with this announcement. Due to his relationship with his church, many assume Pratt is anti-LGBTQ. As I looked into this, I re-affirmed my decision to disengage from celebrity culture.
When people in influential positions are actively anti-basic-human-rights, then it’s fine to call them out on this behavior. However, we shouldn’t let it consume us. Yes, celebrities hold influential positions. But, not by choice, rather by circumstances. Human curiosity about their lives forced them into a more public eye, allowing us to scrutinize and judge them harshly.
Instead, we must care more about when our leaders are anti-human rights (not so much actors who may not have all the facts). Moreover, it’s important to note the double-standard. Celebrities and common-folk are quick to defend their white male celebrities more so than other groups.
Why are certain celebrities afraid to say anything when one of their colleagues is being attacked for sexist, racist, homophobic and/or transphobic reasons? Is fear of alienation from the audience? Who do they see as the “audience”? Straight white folks?
Dear celebrities: If your white fan base isn’t happy when you stick up for the right reasons, then that’s not your problem. It’s on your fans for not knowing how to act better. Use your voice to educate them on why trolling women or any other minority celebrities is wrong. You’re allowed to use your voice to support you minority peers as well. The more quiet you stay, the more compliance you are to the discrimination.
That’s all I have for now. Come at me. Hollywood.