Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain

Over the course of the last week, some questionable occurrences in a certain celebrity’s personal life have consumed my mind and made me question what is really transpiring. While I will not publicly comment on this person’s interests because enough of that is already going on, I find it impossible not to comment on the illusions of Hollywood and the people who want to keep money in their bank account.

For all the grandeur and glory that Hollywood represents, it’s quite easy to be blinded by the blazing lights and beautiful bodies and ignore the ugly troll like appearance just under the surface. Anyone who takes everything that they see at face value is delusion. Yet many say that those who believe otherwise are delusional as well.

According to Websters, ‘delusion’ is defined as: a persistent false psychotic belief regarding the self or persons or objects outside the self that is maintained despite indisputable evidence to the contrary.

So which one is it? Are those who believe everything the talent, tabloids, and Hollywood execs say, the delusional ones? Or are those who take it all with a grain of salt actually deluded? I personally believe that’s akin to asking “which came first, the chicken or the egg?” Both seem plausible so it comes down to a matter of what you personally believe.

In the case of Hollywood, I believe in taking a grain of salt and questioning calculated coincidences. If that makes me deluded, then call me deluded. It is just far too easy for someone to conjure up an idea of how they want to be portrayed in the media and then try to work the system to guarantee they are represented that way. This is what managers, publicists, and gossip columnists get paid to do. The representatives can easily issue a statement, leak a tip, and make sure that their client is published as being XYZ. It is then up to the talent to follow through with this and put on a good face.

This is where the conspiracy theories can easily be formed, and while I will not comment on the party I have in mind; they certainly have been utilizing these tools over the last six months, yet they have also given birth to the mother-load of theories by their own doing.

Some people will fight to the death over being right. Usually, this is for more important matters like healthcare or human rights; but even for something as miniscule as the happenings in Hollywood, everyone has an opinion formulated by what they have seen and what they believe. The only thing we should be able to agree on is that we will never know the real truth.


Evil Takes Shape in Ticketmaster & StubHub

When I was eleven, concert tickets were usually purchased at a verified Ticketmaster location. I remember waiting hours on a tangible line outside The Wiz to get Nsync tickets. Twelve years later, tickets can only be purchased through the monopolizing Ticketmaster via online.

Here’s how the process usually goes:

You go online to make a purchase as soon as tickets become available. You become frustrated when your wait time for tickets says 5 minutes. You become even more frustrated when you’re given tickets that are at the top of the arena. You begin to scratch your head wondering why you have such bad luck. You purchase the tickets anyway just to be inside because the show actually means something to you. Out of curiosity, you check StubHub and see that within the 15 minutes that tickets for the PRE-SALE have gone on sale, there are already 237 tickets for sale. Enter expletives.

While there is no fair system to selling tickets unless they are actually only sold at the venue, how I feel about Ticketmaster will never change now. How I feel about scalpers who instantly buy up all the good seats and then go put them on StubHub is only growing each time a concert is ruined months before it even happens. These people out to make a quick buck fill me with so much rage that if they were a unified force, I’d pulverize them!

In a smaller and less damaging way, ticket hounds are like terrorists. They intentionally inflict pain on others via the lack of tickets, raised prices, and even the stress of having to accept defeat. They show no mercy, no sympathy, and most importantly, are ruthless to make a buck. They are faceless but powerful.

We live in an age of monopolies, corruption, greed, and selfishness in every single way and it’s sickening. I’m tired of not being able to enjoy entertainment because everyone else wants to ruin it. I’m tired of going to movie premieres and being attacked, yes attacked!, because the people behind me are uneducated rats who sell celebrity autographs on Ebay. I’m tired of actually having a brain, decency, and passion only to have some stranger try to rain on it all the time.

With that being said, I am going to make the best of the concert I am attending because even if I’m up in section 322, I’m in the presence of greatness. I will ignore the fact that there are currently 815 tickets on sale on Stubhub only 4 hours after the Pre-Sale began. I will ignore that Ticketmaster and ticket hounds exist because frankly, they don’t deserve to.