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Ling Shapiro, Features Reporter

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People used to say don’t meet your heroes, because that destroys the illusion that is created around them.  Celebrities used to be able to create their own  image of themselves, making it kind and classy or blunt and rude, but such personas no longer exist with the advancements in technology seen today.

The lengths the stars must go through today to keep their life private was unheard of just twenty years ago.  Now, there’s constant mass distribution of every single fact and tidbit about any celebrity.  “Kylie Jenner eats an ice cream cone today” to “We stalked Jennifer Lopez all the way to her home to see what her pool looks like.”  There is no privacy and no secrets to be kept.

Meeting your heroes today, someone would probably get exactly what they expected unless the media portrayed them extremely inaccurately (which of course is a huge possibility).  There is no illusion to shatter when it comes to meeting your heroes these days, the public knows of every act of misconduct, every affair and every hateful word from any artist, political figure or just someone famous.

This can go one of two ways: leading to a very liked celebrity, or a very hated one.  After watching thousands of Tom Holland interviews the public seems to have decided he is sweet, docile and a great person, as well as the fact that there are no lead headlines exclaiming “TOM HOLLAND AFFAIR” or “SPIDERMAN CAUGHT RED HANDED” to lead anyone to think anything negatively of him.

Sometimes the media can paint a nasty picture, filled with scandals, gross actions and terrible details not everyone needs to know.  What makes both of these situations difficult is the lack of trust in the media.  Could someone really be that angelic, or that horrible?  Celebrities are no longer just rich people to look up to anymore, they are now real people, just with every thought and action put on blast for the world to see.

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