Opinion

Celebrities should be held accountable like the rest of us

Rapper 6ix9ine is all over the news, trending on Twitter, being turned into memes and getting a lot of attention shone on his plea deal for nine felonies.

He was supposed to serve a minimum of 47 years but is looking at a much, much shorter sentence.

This seems to happen a lot in the media: a celeb is facing jail or prison time, ends up going for a short while, only to resurface on platforms once again.

It sort of places them above the law – and under the rule of law, everyone is supposed to be equal.

Motley Crue singer Vince Neil drunkenly crashed into a car and left two victims with brain damage. He only served 30 days in jail.

Actor Matthew Broderick collided headon with a vehicle and killed a mother and
daughter. His sentence went from five years in prison to a $175 fine.

Lindsay Lohan went to jail for an expected 90 days for violating probation terms. She got out after 14 days and got to order special foods as well as have special visiting hours within those days.

Celebrities, especially big-name celebrities, are almost treated like gods because of how much power and influence they have.

The theory? If you have a large sum of cash, you can get out of almost anything.

This is kind of skewed in the sense that everyone below them has to serve appropriate amounts of jail time for the same crimes they commit.

I’m sure fans play a big part in this, too. Fans can be crazy sometimes.

From trending the hashtag “Free ‘Insert Name Here’” to protesting literally outside the trials, they have to have some influence on what the end result is.

The reason? Money.

Fans make celebs money, which in turn makes their whole team money, and then everyone is happy.

So, let’s keep that celeb out of jail to generate more money.

Celebrities also have a huge amount of prejudice on their side.

Primped and posh Paris Hilton could never purposefully carry cocaine on her, drive under the influence or leave the scene of an accident twice. She has too many fans; she could never set that example. Right?

These celebrities know exactly what they’re doing, and they know exactly how to get out of these incidents scot-free – expensive lawyers, multiple deals floating around and coins in someone’s pocket.

This raises the question: why even follow laws? They’re obviously not meant for everyone, so why do we, normal people, have to abide by them? Laws must be pointless.

These examples create horrible perspectives.

Look, I’m sure if my favorite celebrity got some jail time, I’d be pretty shocked. But it’s a basic understanding of how the law works. If they got out earlier than expected and had a charge hanging over their head, it’d be a little less comforting to know they got away with so much.

So, from my understanding, we all have to be rich and powerful to do literally anything we want. Innocent lives could be taken, but it’s OK if I’m on a big movie screen. I could crack a bottle open behind the wheel, but it’s OK because I sell out arenas.

This is not what celebrities, of all people, should be doing by example.

Celebrities have big fan bases, often including young fans, who are easily influenced by what their idols do. In some respect, celebrities can have an even bigger impact on a young fan than anyone else in their lives.

So why teach these fans that it’s OK to get in copious amounts of trouble knowing they’ll be in a heap more trouble?

It boggles my mind what people of power can get away with. It can affect so many people, and they don’t get any consequences for it.

Celebrities are untouchable, and it is unfair.

Opinion by Abby Welsh, Vanguard Reporter

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