In early July, following Selena Gomez’s Twitter defense of Taylor Swift in her ongoing Kanye West “Famous” row, I had a premonition: Along with another entertainer who spoke out for Swift, actress Chloe Grace Moretz, I claimed that the “Hands To Myself” singer would publicly participate in something of widespread importance following her response to those who were commenting on the Swift/West row.
“There are more important things to talk about,” Selena, a close friend of Taylor’s, expressed on Twitter that fateful night. “Why can’t people use their voice for something that f***ing matters?”
Almost like clockwork, one week later, Moretz announced that she would be a guest speaker at the Democratic National Convention on behalf of presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Gomez, meanwhile, had a bit of a public breakdown following the Indonesia stop of her current world tour.
“Tonight I felt extremely unauthentic [and] unconnected to both myself and my music,” she explained in a now-deleted Instagram post that was picked up by Teen Vogue. I’m stagnant, I stay still and don’t just sit with myself first and ask, ‘Is this where I am wholeheartedly?’ I’ve always told the truth, but I think I need to rethink some areas of my life creatively and personally.”
Well, one out of two ain’t bad, I suppose.
While I did feel somewhat bad about her public necessity for self-improvement, I couldn’t help but laugh considering the name of the disc she’s currently promoting: Revival, a word that is literally defined as “improvement to one’s self-strength.” It was also an ironic matter considering the fact that while everyone ultimately goes through multiple revivals throughout life, it is usually a personal occurrence. Therefore, by making such a statement, she had clearly reneged on her own complaint for doing something that mattered to herself instead of for others, but it was just the beginning.
On Sunday (Aug. 14), as ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber found himself demeaned by a horde of “Beliebers” for his choice to stand by his newest romantic aspect, 17-year-old Sofia Richie, Gomez dived into the online fray and threw a jab of her own at him.
The two reportedly, according to E! Online, then continued to go back and forth with claims of being toyed with for fame (“It’s funny to see people that used me for attention and still try to point the finger this way,” Bieber remarked) and supposed infidelity (“Funny how the ones that cheated multiple times, are pointing the finger at the ones that were forgiving and supportive,” Gomez retorted), while also sharing a whole bunch of other things that really didn’t matter to anyone but Gomez and Bieber.
It made for quite the entertaining moment, just as the Swift/West debacle was for many, but it also proved something about most notables in the public eye, but specifically in this case, Selena Gomez herself: celebrities are incredibly selfish.
In reality, Gomez has probably never really cared about what people say on things that truly matter to common men, women and non-binaries. In fact, what she seems truly cares about, first and foremost, is herself.
Her attack on Justin — and I can’t believe I’m defending this kid — was more about beating him down at a time when was already bloodied and bruised, hypothetically speaking, and not lifting him up. Her call-to-arms to her followers who participated in the now-infamous ‘Taylor Swift Is Over Party’ was more about stopping them from speaking about her friend than it was to putting an end to badmouthing. It’s bewildering to think that someone could be so vain while being holier than thou at the very same time, but again, this is how most celebrities are, especially younger ones, when it comes to conflict: It’s more about creating an endgame that beneficial for them instead of a whole.
Even Chloe Grace Moretz, who jumped swiftly to Swift’s side to make her own statement on others to speak on relating to more important matters has gone right back to posting about her favorite eats and personal music choices on Twitter — and it was so obvious that this was going to happen, just as it’s obvious that the only thing that matters to Selena Gomez is Selena Gomez. These celebrities don’t care, and it’s time that people stop caring so much about what they have to say.
Stop looking to these people who will never deal with common, everyday issues for notes and advice on how to deal with life. There are things that “f***ing matter,” but they will never actually speak on these things unless it directly affects them.
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