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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Oct 26, 2017

Celebrities Who Self Destruct And Those Who Succeed In Maintaining Their Clean Reputation Through The Years

JOHN LLOYD CRUZ throws all caution to the wind (and all the earnings he gets from his endorsements, too) because of burnout to be with his ladylove with whom he is now gallivanting all over Europe. JM de Guzman has gone to rehab twice and says he’s now ready for another comeback. Baron Geisler keeps on saying he has changed for the better but gets arrested once again and ends up in jail in Kamuning.

And the public is undeniably fascinated because we somehow enjoy seeing celebrities ruin themselves and falling down from their pedestals to remind us that, despite their fame and fortune, they have feet of clay, are not really happy with their own lives, and we feel we’re even better off as ordinary mortals.

Carl Jung said that our mental health depends on that part of our psyche that harbors our darkest energies and to achieve a feeling of being whole, we must acknowledge our dark inclinations by seeing other people fall from grace. We don’t really emphathize with these celebs because they fail to recognize their blessings and don’t seem to realize how precarious success, fame and fortune can be.
Maybe, they really need to go through all their humbling experiences of defeat and suffering, for them to be more appreciative of what they previously enjoy in their lives and careers. After all, affliction can reveal what is most sacred and essential and treasured in our life.

Even abroad, we see celebs like Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, Mel Gibson, OJ Simpson, Russell Crowe going astray, even breaking the law and thinking they can get away with it, seemingly intoxicated by the power and fame that come with their celebrity status and feelings of entitlement.

So what is the antidote to celebrities misbehaving and giving in to gross self indulgence? We think there’s nothing like being level-headed and well grounded, having deep faith in the Supreme Being and having the humility that fame and glory are all transitory and do not excuse them from defying society’s standards.

After all, many famous people do not become intoxicated by their encounters with fame and get to keep their feet on the ground, knowing very well that misbehaving will only make them certified trainwrecks and take them away from all the perks and pleasures that they are enjoying now. Good examples are movie queens Gloria Romero, Susan Roces and Vilma Santos, who have all managed to maintain their clean reputations as movie queens who continue be respected by the public. They don't even cheapen themselves by chronicling everything they do and pouring their hearts out in their social media accounts, which, no doubt, have taken away all the mystique from celebrities who do so.