Michael Jackson. Billy Mays. Farrah Fawcett. DJ AM. Kate Gosselin. Nadyia Suleman. Some were gone while others just wouldn’t go away. However, surprisingly enough they all have some things in common.
If I could describe what happened in the celebrity world this summer with one word, it would be intrusive.
Understandably, celebrities don’t get much of a private life, and this summer was a testament to that aspect of living large.
But at what point does it get to be too much? Everyone does deserve some sort of privacy, right?
Let’s start with Michael Jackson.
Once people got word that he was being rushed to the hospital after falling into cardiac arrest, they went to great lengths just to get a picture of the lifeless singer.
A perfect example of that was OK! magazine’s photo of Jackson on the stretcher right before he died. It was then that people began to question whether the magazine went too far in penetrating his private life.
His public funeral was quite the spectacle, and it was all put on by his immediate family. Therefore they forfeited their right to privacy.
A similar situation surfaced when pitchman pioneer Billy Mays’ family was jolted into the limelight after his untimely death.
Farrah Fawcett’s death was marked with the uncovering of secrets and drama. In each case, their right to privacy was threatened and in some aspects intruded.
The most recent celebrity death is that of Adam Goldstein, or more famously known as DJ AM. Battling a drug addiction, Goldstein was found dead in his New York apartment with OxyContin in his mouth and more prescription drugs in his stomach.
Goldstein had recently filmed a reality show about helping people beat drug addictions like he once accomplished.
But what comes into question is whether or not to air the show. Does a station air a program about beating drug addictions when the host himself died because of an overdose?
Privacy was also broken when the media began to cover the reality show “Jon & Kate Plus 8.” Every aspect of their lives was made known; their love, family and social lives.
Rumors were popping up every day about Kate Gosselin cheating on her husband Jon. Rumors emerged alleging she was a horrible mother, and that Gosselin exploited her kids because she liked being in the spotlight.
But did the media tear apart the family because of their constant urge to uncover the true story of the Gosselin family? It seems as if the rumors got to both Jon and Kate, ruining their marriage, as was evident in the latter episodes of the show.
Octomom, Nadya Suleman, giving birth to octuplets in January of 2009 through in-vitro fertilization, almost seemed hungry for attention.
Then came the bombshell. She signed a contract to be filmed for a reality show. Suleman cemented her public identity as someone who wanted to be a celebrity, even if it was at the expense of her 14 children’s privacy.
At some point, the media goes too far and intrudes even a celebrities’ privacy and right to a peaceful life.