Celebrities are Still People

Arely Ocampo Bartolo, Managing Editor

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Imagine going to a movie premiere, fashion show, or even to the grocery store and being screamed at while also having hundreds of people surround you—to the point where you can’t even see in front of you because of how crowded the area around you has become. 

Now imagine all of this happening when you’re alone and not able to tell the people to get away or to simply ask them to give you some space.

Unfortunately, this is the sad reality for celebrities that are invited to A-list events, while not having the money to be able to pay for security to guard them against the mob of paparazzi storming around them. And most of the time, the crowd isn’t the nicest.

On the TV series The D’Amelios, we see social media-famous sisters suffer from anxiety due to having all of their personal situations in the public eye. To see these girls suffer so much at such a young age is truly heartbreaking.

Look at Tik-Tokker, Dixie D’Amelio. At a recent event, she was screamed at by a paparazzi for simply not turning for a picture. All she could do was stand there with a shocked look on her face because any retaliation would result in the so-called “black-listing” in Hollywood. 

Honestly, she had every right to explode at that moment but she didn’t. She had an image to uphold for many of her young fans and brands/sponsors, which could potentially cost her millions of dollars. But she shouldn’t have to worry about ruining her image when at the end of the day, she’s just standing up for herself.

We also see her younger sister Charli facing even worse treatment as paparazzi completely surround her to try and snap a shot of the teen. This is surprising because Charli is still a minor while Dixie is an adult. 

At the end of the day, these celebrities are still people. They deserve to be treated as such and respected as individuals instead of just being berated or taunted like animals in zoos by the paparazzi. 

We shouldn’t expect these celebrities to let us into their personal lives. We should give them the respect and basic human rights that they deserve, and allow them to live as people.