However, the majority of celebrities are not like this. Although we can often find it hard to envisage, celebrities are in fact people, as are we, that want to be able to have a private life, away from the spotlight, away from the flash of cameras. They may be portrayed as a superior sub species to us, but celebrities need to be treated as real people and given the respect that they deserve.
I look at Amanda Bynes, former Nickelodeon star who has 'gone off the rails' in recent months, and rather than judging her, I feel extremely sympathetic towards her. Bynes was one of the actresses that I believed would never succumb to the power of drink, drugs and money enforced upon her due to her fame, but nevertheless, she has had numerous problems that reached their peak when she tried to set fire to an old woman's driveway. She is now being held under an involuntary, psychiatric hold and is being treated for signs of schizophrenia.
In no way do I approve of what she has done, but I equally disagree with the media's treatment of her. Since her troubles began in 2012, the paparazzi have bombarded Bynes with unnecessary media attention and to some degree, have further fuelled and encouraged her erratic behaviour. Instead of displaying her as a vulnerable, young woman in desperate need of support, the media have given us the attitude that Amanda is but another 'car crash' former child star whose actions should be publicised and mocked for our own amusement. Another celebrity felt the need to post a picture of her imitating Amanda by copying Amanda's pose on a recent photo and saying 'I'm doing my Amanda Bynes.'
Although the seriousness of her condition has been all the more emphasized since she was hospitalised in July, the media are still continuing to harass her in what can only be described as an inconsiderate pursuit for news stories of a woman that needs all the support she can get right now. I find it absolutely disgusting that reporters took pictures of her when she was being wheeled around the outside of the ward and the only way she could maintain even the slightest amount of privacy was by putting a sheet over her head to hide herself. Surely that says enough? Surely that is telling the media that she doesn't want to be seen, she wants her private life to be... PRIVATE?
I know that the media are paid to get celebrity coverage, but I feel it should reach a certain point where someone should step in and say 'That's enough. No one should be photographed when they are vulnerable and want to be away from the public eye. No Duchess of Cambridge should be hearing 'HEAR YE HEAR YE' from a town crier just after she has given birth to her first child. Celebrities should be treated with the same level of respect and care as we would treat each other.'