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Debate Score:71
Arguments:37
Total Votes:89
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Is the US too obsessed with celebs?

There are dozens of websites, TV shows, and magazines on these people. Their lives are mostly ruined from being followed around all the time. Should we put more time and effort into more important things?


Yes

Side Score: 57
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No

Side Score: 14
5 points

absolutely. i agree w/ muds. celebs are making girls feel self-concious and therefore, the girls go on diets nd if they arent perfect, they think that they r ugly and have low self-esteem.

Side: yes
2 points

Yes, look at how many people who voted for the first time for Obama just cause celebs told them too.

Side: yes
kirstie1126(480) Disputed
1 point

But there were celebs who told people to vote for McCain, too!

Supporting Evidence: McCain’s Celebrities; NY Times blog (thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com)
Side: No
repubgal(336) Disputed
5 points

Yea, two, was it? Pitiful. Celebrities like to go democrat because they can blame the goverment when they fail.

Side: yes
ThePyg(6737) Disputed
1 point

one of the roses were purple, so that means MOST ROSES ARE PURPLE NOW!!!

no, that means there a few guys that didn't spend millions of dollars running ads on TV telling you "for the first time in history, we could have a black president".

Side: yes
Tamisan(890) Disputed
1 point

I'd like to see those numbers who voted for anyone "just because celebs told them too" now or in the past. I realize people can bee sheep, but usually they have many more reasons than "Mister Famous told me to."

Side: No
MKIced(2510) Disputed
1 point

Well that's true for experienced voters and the like, but a lot of newer voters basically followed the crowd or listened to a celebrity and I even know many new voters that did so, my brother included! Sadly, I was only 17 and I had no chance of countering their votes other then getting other people to listen to me. ;) LOL

Side: yes
1 point

Come on Pyggy....that works on both sides of the aisle and you know it!

Side: yes
ThePyg(6737) Disputed
1 point

wow, cause people like Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris support McCain, but don't have ANY WAY of getting it out there, that counts as both sides of the aisle? please, you know that Obama had the major Hollywood endorsement.

Side: yes
-1 points

Someone is really upset about the results.

You don't think there's any possible way that people thought Obama was right about the issues? You think that Bono says "OBAMA" on SNL and all the sudden people can't help but go to the poles? Really?

Side: No
ThePyg(6737) Disputed
3 points

you underestimate modern times my friend.

Side: yes
2 points

Yes the US is way too obsessed with celebrities. Most are false icons for younger people with all their trying to get skinny and such. My main saying is Reject false icons. I think this world is too focused around celebrities.

Side: Yes
2 points

I've always wondered why people tend to idolize people that they don't know just because they celebrities. I haven't the foggiest on this one, they really don't contribute anything of real value to society. Why do we idolize them instead of scientist that actually change the world? Why are we obsessed with dancing dropouts than people of real achievement?

Side: yes
mike3(3) Disputed
1 point

So does that also mean you think we should look down on those who fail to do such things? Even if their heart and soul are full of goodness and light? What if the person who "dropped out" wasn't a celebrity either but still full of goodness and light and love of humanity and all the world and out of that they did many good and sweet things for many people? It is that, that truly changes the world in ways more profound than we can possibly imagine.

I still agree though that we are totally obsessed with celebrities.

Side: No
2 points

Yes, our society is too obsessed with celebrities. Look at any grocery checkout stand and you will find 10 or more magazines with the latest gossip. You can not escape celebrity news- its everywhere. I just think its sad for all the young people out there who feel they have to live up to these unrealistic expectations.

Side: yes
2 points

I think we are. I think that the United States cares a lot about celebrates and not enough about the people who keep this nation running efficiently.

Side: yes
2 points

The masses of sheep called the population have always needed some sort of idols to look towards. Why? I have no idea, but I think it's bull crap. All I know is, you are no better than a sheep if you need to emulate other people to gain direction.

Side: yes
2 points

YES

This is bad because if celebrities want to have a good career, they usually have to be liberal. And people that are obsessed with these liberal celebrities are going to be brainwashed with liberal views.

Side: yes
2 points

There are multiple shows on TV- any even entire channels- dedicated to celebrities, not to mention websites, radio stations and shows, and newspapers and magazines! Yes, we are way too obsessed with celebrities.

Side: yes

I think that we put celebs on pedestals just in order to enjoy watching them fall to make ourselves feel better. It is sick... Some times I catch a few moments of those shows on TV when I am making dinner, and it just seems to voyeuristic and obsessive to me.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes we are, but England and all their rags are worse. I get tired of hearing about celebs. I do like it when they use their position to support good causes though - I just don't care what they are wearing or who they are dating.

Side: yes

Yes...YES! They have been pedestal material for quite a while now and we are obsessed with their comings, goings, bad stuff and good stuff that happens in their lives. I personally don't think it's a great thing unless they are a fine humanitarian to boot.

Side: yes
2 points

i agree with randumthingz about agreeing with me cuz now if girls aren't "perfect" then they get self-conscious

Side: yes
0 points

i agree with Muds for agreeing with me for agreeing with him because they might wanna kill themselves because they aren't absolutely beautiful.

Side: yes
1 point

For some reason, America is one of the only countries in which the world revolves around celebs. Personally, I think it's because we're so egotistical. We look to celebs for advice on everything, although many know nothing. Clothes. Money. Exercise. Restaurants. Make up. The list goes on and on...

We need to evaluate who we are looking to as role models. Not only youth, but I see the same in many established adults. It is America's bandwagon. Jump on or get hit.

Side: yes
1 point

I think people in America idolize celebrities, try to be them, try to make themselves be as fabulous as those they see on tv come off too be. It's not healthy nor is it right, because people decide to take pride in the things that they aren't, more than they are.

Side: yes

There are always obsessive people, and the obsessive people can follow celebrities because their personal lives are so well documented, and can be easily accessed through the internet, on websites that are devoted to celebrities, and through TV shows that have no other content than following celebrities around and commercials. There are few other things in the world that you can engross yourself in as much as the lives of celebrities.

Side: yes
1 point

Yes, but that's because Americans are more into entertainment than culture or academics or anything non-entertainmentable.

Americans who are obsessed with celebrity lives though are due to the fact that they envy them, yet, they don't even know them as a "person." You figure someone who looks beautiful, scores the next most beautiful celebrity, lives in a mansion, and makes 50 million dollars a year, has got to be the most wonderful life and you couldn't want anything more than that. Just totally a false perspective and seems like no one is really grateful for what they have. But hey, all the mags and blogs and sites and shows on celebrities are definitely scoring a ton of income from these type of people.

Side: yes
1 point

I think so. We celebrate the high achievement they get, and it becomes our role model. However what we consider high achievement is rooted in the material, it is built on materialism. The more materialistic accomplishments, the better: more Money, more Cars, more Big Houses, more Gold, etc. In other words, the celebrity is the exemplar of materialism and materialism is what we value so much.

This is wrong, though. I do not accept the idea that materialistic achievement is what makes someone great. We don't have anywhere near that much attention paid to someone with a wonderful heart and soul who tries to bring light and happiness to others and to help them in troubles and who actually loves all the world, who upholds a high standard of morals (as in actually practicing them, not just talking about them), and more. Yet I believe it is these things that are what make someone great and certainly not the materialistic stuff.

Side: yes

Yes, only because most people aspire and envy those because they want to be in that same exact spot.

Side: yes
1 point

Americans are no more or less obsessed with fame and celebrities than any other country or culture. It is natural for humans all over the world to fantasize about the rich and famous. By obsessing over what So-and-so is wearing and what Such-and-such said or how Someone-or-other does things is perfectly natural. There is a theory that such fascination is left over from a time when information was scarce and formal teaching was unheard of. By involving ourselves in the details of those more successful, we have always hoped that we could pick up on that "secret" or "magic" they have and learn to apply it.

Side: No
Daedalus(86) Disputed
1 point

"Natural" or "normal" do not equate to "healthy" and "right". Whatever the source of such fascination, even if it is some quirk of human nature that would in other circumstances be useful, it is at present far from edifying or helpful - quite the contrary. It diverts what could otherwise be useful time to mindless diversion ("mindless", not "diversion", being the operative word), it encourages a materialistic and envious culture, and of course it hardly leads to much happiness for those whose lives are so inordinately scrutinized.

Side: yes

Perfecto rebuttal!

Side: yes