Shades of Grey & Fake Celebrities

By Raven LeDay

Black and white values have been the structure of society for centuries; however, now grey is the color of choice. Every negative situation is now accepted with an excuse.

What ever happened to the "Diamonds" of the world? In the 1998 film, Playa's Club, Diamond played by Lisa Raye, is a stripper that provides for her child but keeps the discussion about her profession to a minimum. In recent years, the publicity of strippers –  or “models” as some say – has gone from ten to ten million. It has become so accepted in our society that more young girls are aspiring to be strippers at younger ages. Our generation has made it "cool" to be a “fake celebrity.” These people are praised by followers on social media, by rappers in music, and now by the club industry.

Our generation has made it “cool” to be a “fake celebrity.”

I can't speak on clubs before my time, but I can touch on the ones I've came into contact with. I am just like many in their early twenties, who enjoy the nightlife. What I will not stand for are the clubs that increase the entry price because a "fake celebrity" has been asked to come.

To clarify, a fake celebrity is a surgically-engineered person that is guilty of one or more of the following: possibly known to have dated successful and/or famous men; has appeared on one or more reality TV shows; has a "cheap" boutique or t-shirt line promoted on Instagram; has been or currently is a stripper; and/or has attained fame from social media.

If I am paying $20+ when a "fake celebrity" is hosting a club I would normally only pay $10 or less to enter, I do not expect standing and smiling. I expect fire hoops, back-handsprings, free bottle service and/or remixes on the 1s and 2s. In my opinion, we are giving these celebrities too much credit for only being attractive, and not holding them accountable for the reason they're famous in the first place.

As women, we are always told: keep your legs closed, don't be a product of your environment, be a lady in the streets, and always display yourself as a child of God. But these same values seem to disappear if she is drop dead gorgeous. I may never understand this way of thinking, but until then I can only focus on myself. Good or bad publicity is still publicity that keeps these fake celebrities in high demand.

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