Peeping into the privacy of the celebrities

privacy of celebrities

                               An Uncanny Act of Peeping into the Privacy of the Celebrities

Whether the celebrities  worry about their reputation or not,we are more concerned about them. We often discuss in threadbare, what they have done so far; whether they have moral values or not. In the process we do not bother, whether we are morally right or justified in analyzing the personal life of the celebrities.

Though we often peep into the private life of the celebrities, it is the media that drives us towards this uncanny act. In their frantic attempt to boost their sales and to increase and circulate their news papers or magazines, to raise their rating and to gain popularity among the people, the media quite often engage in gathering the minute details about the personal lives of the celebrities; analyze them from various angles; pass their own personal comments; then publish and sell them like hot cakes. In the process, they forget their own moral obligation and social responsibility that they owe to the society.However, all their publications cannot be dismissed as rubbish, because, any news about a public personality or celebrity affects the large section of the society either directly or indirectly. In fact, if they do not cover or publish such news items, they will actually neglect their duty.Therefore, it is their duty to see, whether a news item about a public figure or celebrity crosses the limit of their privacy and dwells in their public life.If the private life of the celebrities crosses the limit and enters into and dwells in the public life, then the media and we the public have a valid reason to worry about.

There are several cases wherein the media has intruded into the private life of the celebrities. The affair between Bill Clinton and-Monica Lewinsky; the French President Sarkozy and his girl friend; Jawaharlal Nehru and Lady Mountbatten; Salman Rushdie and his divorced wife Padua Lakshmi and so on are the most recent examples. While Nehru is no more, all other personalities are alive.The most interesting aspect about in publishing the affairs of the popular public personalities is that all the public personalities were in power, when they published the news item, while Salman Rushdie remained a celebrity by virtue of his writing prowess, Nehru who had been in power as the Prime Minister of India, died in the year 1964.

The news item about Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky actually raised a hue and cry and even there arose a talk of impeachment; Of course it was the failure of the media to take note whether their private life crossed the limit of privacy affecting the public.The French people who are more matured and inured to such culture did not unduly worry about the affair and they had clearly drawn a line between the public and private life of their former President.

The private life of Nehru was not discussed in detail; particularly in India where he has great respect among the people. In fact it did not create any furor and simply overlooked.

When the media published the affairs between Salman Rushdie and his former wife Padua Lakshmi, it did not affect the people in any way. He was not a public figure holding any important public assignment, but he was a celebrity as a novelist. The media actually shamelessly peeped into his privacy with the sole purpose of encasing it as the sensational news. 

Now the moot question that lies before us is: whether we can prove the peeping into the private life of the public figures? The answer is a firm ‘No’, provided their affair remains private and do not impinge on their public life and neither the media nor we have any business to peep into their privacy. However, if the private life of the public person or a celebrity crosses the limit of his or her privacy and enters the domain of public life affecting the larger section of the society, the media has definitely a valid reason to intervene. The society is also equally concerned about its well-being and to take necessary steps to bail them out.