There was a time in December last year (2017), when the Virushka wedding pictures and videos were all we had to look at on our social media pages. Just a month later, we had all the rumors flowing about the supposed wedding of Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone this year (2018). We then had a fair share of news about the engagement of the Nita and Mukesh Ambani kid. And recently media was all going crazy with the Sonam and Anand Ahuja wedding and suddenly we are all speculating why the change in their wedding venue!
Celebrity weddings are something that makes our country go crazy – men start talking about destination weddings and women start talking about the latest bridal-wear design. We all start following our favorite celebrities on social media to dig out each little detail about where and when they’re getting married (as if we have a project on them), the kind of traditions they’re following and whether the actress will be working post-marriage. Many of us even feel proud when we are able to share extra info about these at a casual gathering. We can literally go on and on with celeb scandals (some of us even make up some). Is “celebrity gossip” all that we have been left with?
There were times, when casual gatherings of like-minded people were the hubs of rich knowledge and, in fact, debating for and against a sensitive issue in the country actually began in such gatherings. Today we do not have the time or opportunity for such gatherings and in exchange, we have social media. We can always start a healthy conversation on our page, about our view on a current affair in our country. In a country that has been ravaged with unemployment, complete disregard of gender equality (especially, women’s security), child abuse, Section 377, communal and caste disharmony, poverty, the hullabaloo over reservations and so many other issues, the marriage of our favorite superstar should not really be the most important thing to talk about. Well, it does not always have to be negative issues either! Why not discuss about the recent developments? How many of us really know about cryptocurrencies? About Artificial Intelligence or even about how many medals did India win at the commonwealth 2018?
I’m not saying that celebrity gossip is unhealthy. Yes, it is good to know about the recent developments, because celebrities are public figures but discussing who this star dumped to marry whom would not help us much either, would it?
Priyanka Ganguly from Kolkata has a black screen for her social media display picture like many others, in support of #justice for Asifa. She feels, “Such noise about celeb weddings are just a waste of time! It’s good to stay informed, but we tend to start with one topic and then go really overboard into the minute details of their lives, from their gym wear to their dinner menu. They should be allowed to have as much privacy as any other normal person.” Citing a recent example, she says, “It’s funny that a lot of people opened their mouths during the Padmaavat movie release riot, but the same people are absolutely quiet, when little girls are raped in our country, and the celebs are actually taking to the social media for her justice.”
Few others blame it on media, saying that there is so much of negativity surrounding the issues in our country, a bit of celeb gossips is a kind of relief. Well, we can’t deny that school of thought either, but we should, of course, know where to stop!