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Celebrity and Religion
Celebrity and religion

Celebrity worship is regularly condemned in public as idolatry which carries connotations of slavery false consciousness and ‘the Devil's work’. More prosaically it is bracketed with triviality and superficiality. Certainly relationships between fans and celebrities frequently involve unusually high levels of non-reciprocal emotional dependence, in which fans project intensely positive feelings onto the celebrity. The obsessed fan participates in imaginary relations of intimacy with the celebrity. In extreme cases these relations may be a substitute for the real relations of marriage, family and work. For example, Fred and Judy Vermorel,1 who interviewed many fans in order to question them about the reasons and motives behind their devotion, reported that Joanne, a middle-aged Barry Manilow fan with three children, admitted that ...

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