Two topics dominated my Twitter timeline yesterday – Beyonce’s womb & Tyler Perry’s sexuality.
Both topics had me asking the same question – why do you need to know?
Granted, its human nature to be inquisitive. We live in a celeb-crazy society that tracks their every move, and people eat it up. We know what they’re wearing, where they vacation, what they drink, all that. But damn, do you need to know everything? And should some stuff even be news?
On the Beyonce story I was willing to cut folks some slack – she’s an amazing artist & I’m sure her fans are genuinely happy for her & want to share in her joy, if the story is true that is (I think it isn’t, but that’s neither here nor there). But the Tyler Perry thing? So inappropriate to ask about his sexuality. He doesn’t owe the public anything – his sexuality is his & his alone. The only person(s) who deserves information is whoever he’s sleeping with. And if you not trying to kick it with Tyler Perry like that, then why do you need to know if he’s gay or not?
I’m sure some of you are thinking, “But Jubes, they are celebs, they put their lives on display. Plus if you put info out in the public domain, you can’t expect folks to not talk about it.” I agree on both of those fronts. But for both Beyonce & Tyler Perry, they never made official statements, did an interview and announced “I’m preggers” or “I’m gay”. Its all speculation & other folks talking for them. If they purposely don’t say anything about whatever topic, then why do folks think they have a right to know? Being a celebrity doesn’t give any random person carte blanche to question your personal life.
Just like you wouldn’t want to be questioned about your marital status, your sexual orientation, when you’re going to procreate, celebrities don’t either. They deserve the same respect as everyone else. The biggest question is, why do people think that they are entitled to ask anyone those types of questions? Its flat-out rude & unacceptable, and if you’re one of those people who does it, STOP.IT.NOW. All you’re doing is pissing people off. Especially me.
So readers, what’s your take? Should some topics be off-limits? Or do you want to know everything abt your fave celeb? And how do you handle ppl who ask questions that are way too personal?