We could all change the income inequality in show business
Published: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 18, 2013 22:09
There is a serious problem with our country and we are all too blind to realize that we are the problem. Celebrities make a much higher salary than our regular laborers and it is not the industry’s fault or even the media’s. The ones to blame are those in the general public who are so engrossed by the gossip that they refuse to not keep updated. If we really wanted to make a difference in this matter we would simply stop sponsoring the overpaid entertainers as if there was no other option.
We try to blame the media as if they are at fault when they are just giving their viewers what they ask for. Do we truly believe that the entertainment networks, tabloids or radio stations would invest so much time and money exposing celebrities’ lives were it not for the audience? They only follow the trends most sought after by their viewers, readers and listeners.
To put things into perspective let’s consider some of our current entertainers’ monetary situations. Miley Cyrus’ net worth is $150 million. This is someone who causes controversy every time she steps on a stage, most of the time she makes a music video and about half the time she speaks. Consider one of her latest performances for this matter. As many of you may have heard and seen by now, her performance at the Video Music Awards on August 25th caused a great deal of debate. Her highly inappropriate performance alongside Robin Thicke resulted in 150 complaints to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and has continued to be one of the most talked about topics until only recently. Yet, people seem to forget that the continued mention and the extremes to which it has been taken only fuels the fire. These entertainers want us to keep talking about them without worrying whether it is good or bad press. Fame is money and infamy is often even more money. The public can keep talking badly about her and the unfairness of it all as much as they would like but in the end it must be accepted that we are the reason for this continued success.
This is true for all entertainers. We can argue endlessly at how unfair the money distribution falls in our country, and in turn, the world, but as long as we keep sponsoring it with our attention we are only being hypocritical. The audience encourages the networks and media to give us what is most talked about and once this happens we forfeit complaint rights as we are responsible for their popularity.
The fact that Beyonce’s net worth is $300 million, Justin Bieber’s is $130 million, Kim Kardashian’s is $40 million and Snooki’s is $4 million is based on the publicity they receive. It is still more difficult to grasp this when most of these artists attained their popularity through bad reputation.
Here we have people who the public mostly comment negatively on making millions while us “regular” folk make annual salaries that would be considered pocket change by most entertainers. Paramedics make an annual salary of about $30,700, registered nurses $65,690, police $55,000 and firefighters $42,500. It is my honest opinion that the personnel who willingly put their lives on the line and dedicate their careers solely to the health and safety of the general population ought to be paid more than our entertainers. Especially when a paramedic can then save the lives of those who might have had a heart attack following Ms. Cyrus’ VMA’s performance.
If we really meant it when we said that something should be done about the income inequality most of us are victims to, then we would actually act on it. The media industry would not pay its entertainers the obscene amounts of money it currently does if it did not have a reason to. Our hypocrisy knows no end when it comes to this matter. This is something the government cannot fix for us. It is a problem caused by the audience and only the audience holds the solution.