Apparently Katie Price has tweeted a message to her followers thanking then for their support after her split from Alex Reid.
The Metro refers to them as her ‘fans’. Surely she doesn’t have fans? People who follow her, yes (although I have no idea why), but fans? What is there to be a fan of, exactly? Usually a fan admires someone’s talent, whether in acting, sport, music or so on. If you don’t count her terrible cover of A Whole New World with ex-husband Peter Andre (and I’ve heard it, so I don’t) none of those apply. I can admit that she is a savvy busineswoman but I refuse to believe most of her Twitter followers follow her because they admire her business brain.
This brings up an interesting point. In my view, ‘celebrity’ and ‘famous’ are no longer synonyms. As I see it, someone who is famous is well-known for having a genuine talent in a visible field, whether they are a TV presenter, a actor, a singer or so on. Someone who is a celebrity is more ‘famous for being famous’. The origins of their fame may be lost in the mists of time and are often no more than that they are related to or dated somebody famous and went to a few fashionable parties. Someone may have first attracted attention as a ‘famous’ person rather than as a ‘celebrity’, but as soon as more attention is paid to their lifestyles and relationships than their achievements and talents they become a celebrity. Kerry Katona is a good example. She was first known as a member of girl group Atomic Kitten but I bet most people now, whilst knowing who she is, wouldn’t know that.
I understand why people follow the careers of people who have admirable talents. But why does anyone care who some ‘It girl’ or rock star’s daughter is dating, or what club they were at last night? People like that are only celebrities because they want to be and magazines have decided they are.
Price has worked hard to get in the public eye and harder to stay that way. I understand her motivation, what I don’t get is why anyone cares.