In an industry which thrives on making an impact, social media and internet presence makes a huge difference to drawing viewers when one’s income is highly dependant on the image they present to the outside world.
This doesn’t just apply to the world of celebrities, since the description of celebrities is an now an extension to the extent of where we do hold “Internet Personalities” in.
It extends to a notion of “faking it” for the pleasure of gullible viewers that are drawn to the pick up artists, the weight lifters, body transformation motivators, and lifestyle vloggers.
This isn’t an attack on any specific personality — it’s simply an assessment of the culture social media builds and preys on, hence promoting the ideology that to succeed one must succumb to “fakery”.
It’s what’s demanded, and it’s what sells.
The likes and claps, are like cocaine; there’s science to back that up.
The high experiences from a viral post is no different to the chemicals released during a cocaine induced rush; hence making it all the more addictive to take it to next level of shock-value.
The supercars, the bikini models, the weight-lifters, body transformation motivators rarely show a glimpse into the lives they lead when the cameras aren’t on.
The price they pay to put a smile on their as, when the cameras do roll and they’ve got to pretend, “Look at how awesome my life is”.
It wouldn’t be complete if they didn’t have the world of social-media to share it with.
In a world of fakery, certain personalities did in-fact succeed at bringing awareness and being honest about the life they led and price which must be paid to achieve the level of viewership and retaining the social-media presence.
Whilst other social media personalities will hardly ever admit to hiring actors, renting supercars, paying models, faking weight-training, or renting houses which are a necessary part of their venture in order to succeed at playing the part of the character and lifestyle their viewers wish they too could enjoy.
The argument could be made that these ‘fake’ personalities do often inspire and motivate viewers to do better; whilst others follow along accepting the fakery and falling victim to pursue the same path — a path that preys on becoming something we’re not but rather a presentation of how we would like to be perceived.
After a certain while, the self-delusion seeps in and the ‘fakery’ becomes their own ‘reality’.
There’s nothing dangerous nor harmful about most of the actions mentioned, in order to succeed as a “Social Media Con Artist”.
There is an industry built to prey on the vulnerabilities of gullible people who realise very quickly that it’s practically impossible to achieve the lifestyles these internet personalities present.
Hence they too much follow along the path portrayed to attain aspiration.
In respect to the late Rich Piana, let’s talk about the dangers of ‘fakery’.
“Steroid abuse and Fake Weights”,
In the world of Bodybuilding and Weight-Training, there’s hardly any personality that comes close to what Rich Piana achieved with his following. The part he played, wasn’t always fake — as he was always open about the dangers and impact of what the “Body-Image” industry is built on.
He talked at great length about bringing awareness to the steroid abuse and dangerous exercises often portrayed by such artists; who behind the scenes lack the substance to be able to achieve the same form in reality.
Much like “Reality Television” portraying it’s not all an act nor pretend, his aim was to simply expose why viewers are drawn to the lifestyle and the dangers that come along with it.
His focus, was not just “Body Transformation and Motivation”, but rather the dangers of pursuing such a lifestyle.
Associated with many Mr. Olympia competitors and contenders, he talked at great length with potential individuals who wished to enter the competition about how it simply was not possible to achieve the form “naturally”.
Not only did he not shy away from admitting to his use of steroids, he in fact brought attention to the dangers of them — in the attempt of doing so, leaving behind a haunting legacy of how it cost him his life.
On the surface, he appeared what most other meat-heads do and the personality type that gets associated with it; beneath it, he was honest and hoped to bring attention to the harms of falling into the trap of “Faking it till you make it”.
May God rest his soul in peace.
“The Dangers of Fake-Weights”,
Channels such as Kenny K.O. are often misunderstood and garner hatred from the cult-like followers of “fakery”.
What Kenny does is absolutely wonderful, and I have nothing but respect for his work.
In essence, his aim is not to expose “fake personalities” but rather expose the dangers these “fake personalities” might inspire other individuals to pursue.
Let’s look at an example of his recent expose on “Fake Weights”, and the dangers of exercises associated with them.
What is interesting to observe is not that Heba Ali was using fake weights, it’s the complete disregard that her management partners had for her own health during the scenario. Whilst the blurred manager threatens Kenny for attempting to expose “His Clients”. Kenny seems to be the only one concerned for Heba’s health.
Exposing the abusive behaviour that preys on individuals promising them what they need to achieve to be “famous” is through sheer fakery is a culture that breeds more dangers than it does any good.
As is evident, I’m sure the manager had complete disregard for her safety, and a concern for his income.
The fact that the 900 lbs (or 408 Kg for us normal folks), which left a horrifying bruise on her thigh / leg is a warning to just how far certain personalities will go to put themselves in danger in pursuit of “Social Media Affirmation”.
“My Mother will know this isn’t my house”,
Remember when MTV stood for Music Television, and not Media Televised Vasectomy?
Bad joke, sorry.
The most memorable show, one that could be argued gave rise to the whole “Fake it till you make it” regime of Social Media, MTV Cribs was all about giving an inside look into the lives of celebrities.
Unfortunately though, a lot of it was fake.
Whilst not every artist took the higher ground of denying the request of having MTV rent a house and cars for the episode, Musician Reginald “Redman” Noble took the risk of not only showing his ‘actual crib’ but in doing so made one of the most memorable episode of the series.
His response, “My Mother is going to see this!”
In conclusion, point being — do what fulfils you, do what makes YOU feel happy, don’t chase success by being fake, and certainly don’t fall for the trap of believing that the portrayals on social media are of a “happy and fulfilled life”.
Don’t chase the “fake” success because it won’t last, and it won’t be worth it.
Don’t fall into the trap of believing that the only way you can find love is through buying a supercar.
In figuring out who I wanted to be — the greatest lesson of all was this,
Wanna know what fulfils me?
Seeing my parents happy.