The Oscars and Our Abusive Relationship With Celebrities | Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

February 23, 2015 9:16 PM

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The Oscars and Our Abusive Relationship With Celebrities | Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

The Oscars represent a time for us to celebrate our favorite movies and the people who make movies. But it is also the time when we vilify the same celebrities that we glorify; we highlight every bad movie, every horrible outfit, every awkward, cringe-worthy social interaction. In a digital age where every shameful experience is captured forever and broadcast internationally in seconds, our analysis of the Oscars is just another example of how we seem to abuse celebrities for sport.

Why do we abuse celebrities? The reason is that many of us feel like we are incapable of achieving our goals. This gut fear may help explain our celebrity obsession. Artists, athletes and other celebrities in our society "boldly go where no one has gone before." They achieve great things that we wis...

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