I've always been a voracious consumer of celebrity gossip but lately I've been wondering if our obsession with people in the spotlight has gone far beyond what's healthy.
Is a photo of someone getting an iced coffee really that exciting? Do we get enough of a kick out of it that it's worth invading Chris Pine's Sunday afternoon? Methinks no.
I can't imagine what it must be like having to fend off hordes of paparazzi every time you pop out to the shops. It must be horrifying for those celebs with children to not be able to take them to the park without being followed.
About 10 years ago I was the presenter and producer of an online corporate news show, PCTV, watched by about 3,000 staff around the country (so, not a huge audience)...and I got a small taste of what celebrities must endure on a day to day basis. I had emails from people telling me they didn't like the jacket I had on or that they preferred my hair longer. When I went out on a Friday night I had people yelling "PCTV Chick!" or pegging snide remarks at me.
It's as if, once people achieve any kind of profile they become public property. We, as consumers, have the right to know what they are doing at any given time and criticise how they look while they're doing it. We forget that they are real people with real feelings.
And, yes, I am as guilty as anyone when it comes to this behaviour...one just has to look at my Fashion Smashion posts to see that. At the time it seems like just a bit of fun but, after reading Myf Warhurst's tweets post-Logies and realising how crushed she felt, it makes me feel a little guilty.
And, a couple of weeks ago, someone had the audacity to leave a comment on Mia Freedman's blog, MamaMia, calling her 'someone with no tertiary degree who spent years editing bimbo magazines'. What gives someone the right to pass judgement on someone they've never met and insult them in such a personal way?
I'm just not sure why celebrity seems to give us permission to forget our manners.
What's your take? Do you think celebrities need to accept the intense scrutiny of their everyday lives as a necessary evil? Or are they entitled to their privacy?