OPINION | Evaluating the celebrity savior complex

     The year is 2020 and COVID-19 has just rattled the world. Everyone is in disarray and no one knows what to do. Many people are sick and dying. Other people have lost their jobs and can’t afford food. The future looks bleak, and it feels like there is no light at the end of the tunnel.  

     But don’t worry, here comes Gal Gadot, John Mayor, Kristen Wiig, Will Ferrell and many more to save the day … with their singing? The celebrity cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” confused the world, but it has become part of an ongoing celebrity savior complex trend. 

     Recently, during the terrible war between Russia and Ukraine, American actress AnnaLynne McCord decided she was going to swoop in and try to save the day. She created a poem about “If she were Putin’s mother.” The poem goes into depth about how she would have loved and held him more. 

     For someone with money and time on her hands, making a poem was not the best idea, so why did she feel the need to do it?  

     Celebrities are under constant pressure to have opinions and takes on the most recent events happening in the world, always being in the limelight. I understand why they might think coming out with a statement might be the best idea, but they have so much more to offer than just their words.  

     Celebrities with savior complexes may think they’re helping, but they are causing more harm than good. They may appear to be aiding an organization or cause, but they are only doing so to bolster their own image.  

     To think that their words can change the world alone is ignorant and selfish. McCord telling Putin, “If I was your mother, I would hug you more and give you more love” is disrespectful to the citizens in Ukraine that are dying from Putin’s selfish attacks on their communities.  

     Celebrities need to stop trying to save the world simply to get praise from the public eye, and do it out of the kindness of their heart instead.  

     To think that their statements will affect the average person and change their emotions on major current events is not what the world needs right now. The world needs action, sincerity, donations, volunteering and down-to Earth approaches.  

     We don’t need celebrities to save the world; we need to be working on the same playing field. Collaboration and focusing in on the reality of the average person is how celebrities can make a difference.